AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting & Felting by Leigh Radford

By Leigh Radford

There’s whatever magical approximately felting knits: you begin with a bit of material that appears and feels a undeniable approach and, by way of exposing it to water and agitation, end with person who seems to be and feels different. This attention-grabbing transformation is what led writer Leigh Radford to start felting years in the past, and has stored her intrigued by way of the method ever since.

 

Now, in AlterKnits Felt, Radford pushes the limits of conventional felting, as she did with conventional knitting in her previous booklet, AlterKnits. via 30 colourful, brilliant initiatives, she exhibits readers find out how to knit after which felt their very own handiwork, in addition to the right way to create stunning felted items from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory bankruptcy on felting fundamentals explains every thing you must understand to make the marvelous outfits, add-ons, and residential decor that follow.

 

The initiatives variety from a brief and straightforward circle coin handbag, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, each one strange in its personal method, unique by way of a different floor texture, an cutting edge mixture of innovations, or a unusual blend of yarns. AlterKnits Felt offers each crafter with the instruments to explore—and expand—the paintings of felting.

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BUT I LOVED WHAT I HAD CREATED AND THE PROCESS OF GETTING THERE. TO THIS DAY, THIS PROCESS STILL INTRIGUES ME. I UNDERSTAND HOW FELTING HAPPENS AND THAT IT ISN’T REALLY MAGIC—WATER AND AGITATION CAUSE WOOL AND SOME OTHER ANIMAL FIBERS TO TWIST AROUND AND STICK TO ONE ANOTHER, THUS CLOSING UP THE “HOLES” IN THE FABRIC—BUT THERE STILL SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING MAGICAL ABOUT IT. I LOVE STARTING WITH A PIECE OF FABRIC THAT LOOKS AND FEELS A CERTAIN WAY DEPENDING ON MY CHOICE OF YARN, GAUGE, AND STITCH PATTERN, AND THEN FINISHING WITH A PIECE OF FABRIC THAT LOOKS AND FEELS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.

Work even over all sts in St st for 20½", ending with a WS row. Decrease as follows: Row 1 (RS): K1, [k2tog] twice, knit to last 5 sts, [k2tog] twice, k1—108 sts. Rows 2, 4, and 6: Purl. Row 3: K1, [k2tog] twice, knit to last 5 sts, [k2tog] twice, k1—104 sts. Row 5: K1, [k2tog] 3 times, knit to last 7 sts, [k2tog] 3 times, k1—98 sts. Row 7: K1, [k2tog] 4 times, knit to last 9 sts, [k2tog] 4 times, k1—90 sts. BO all sts. finishing Weave in loose ends. Lay your fabric flat in front of you with RS up.

Sew a short seam across the triangular flap at each side approximately 3" from end of each triangle point, to form bottom and side gussets for bag, as shown in Step 1. Weave in loose ends. Turn bag RS out. With RS of bag facing you, attach plastic bottle caps and wooden beads to one side of bag, leaving approximately 1 to 1½" between caps/beads, as follows: On WS, place each cap/bead at position shown in Step 2; on RS, wrap fabric around cap/bead, and secure by wrapping rubber band 2 or 3 times around fabric at base of cap/bead.

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