How to Felt:
Six Easy Steps
Step 1: Knit your garment. If this is your first felting project, stick to a pattern written specifically for a felted garment. This will eliminate the need to recalculate the pattern gauge to accommodate shrinkage.
Step 2: Place the garment in a washing machine with the hottest water your machine will allow. Set the water level on low. Add anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup of detergent to the water, and set the machine on agitate for at least 15 minutes. (For more help on choosing a detergent, click here.)
Step 3: Check the garment frequently until it has felted to the desired size and thickness.
Step 4: Remove the garment from the washing machine and rinse in cold water.
Step 5: Block the item into the desired shape. If it is a hat, find a mixing bowl of a similar shape to use as a mould.
Step 6: Let dry in a cool, dark place away from strong sunlight. It may take a day or two to dry completely.
If after a few days you realize the garment hasn't felted enough, you can begin again at step 2 and repeat the process.
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