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Ceil
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Posted - 04/26/2014 :  3:54:24 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know everything is relative, but I am wondering if I need to go up yet another needle size when knitting a wool yarn along with a strand of fun fur that will then be felted?

Fwiw, the wool I intend to use is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, and I tend to knit at gauge when using suggested needle size on the yarn label when I am not felting.

Thank you!

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mertle
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Posted - 04/29/2014 :  06:58:00 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did LOTS of bags with 2 strands Patons Classic worsted with Lionbrand Fun Fur / Fancy Fur on a US15 needle. Most of my bags were done with 2 strands worsted on US15. Adding the fun fur wasn't a problem. The results were a nice felt with little to no stitch definition.

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eldergirl
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Posted - 04/30/2014 :  05:17:21 AM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I support Marilyn's notes to use 2 strands of the wool, and the fun fur, and big needles. Maybe size US11 or larger? (Marilyn uses US15)

The extra strand of wool makes for full felting, and lovely, thick fabric.

If you choose to use only one strand of wool, I would definitely go up a size or two...the felting shrinks the wool fabric. You may want to knit and felt a sample to gauge the size and the look and feel of the fabric.

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Anna

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anderknit
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Posted - 04/30/2014 :  06:33:25 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would add that contrary to (my) logic, knitting more loosely results in better felting. I guess that if the pre-felted fabric is dense, there's less opportunity for the yarn to abrade and, well, felt. So go up to a needle size that gives you a nice loose fabric. Don't adjust for the fun fur itself, but for the fact that you don't want a dense pre-felted fabric.

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azblueskies
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Posted - 04/30/2014 :  07:28:16 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What are you making, Ceil? I made the hedgehogs with wool and fun fur and they turned out really cute.

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Ceil
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Posted - 04/30/2014 :  7:06:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm designing a wine bottle cover that looks like a chicken!

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azblueskies
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Posted - 05/02/2014 :  07:24:23 AM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cool....hope you'll post pictures, Ceil!

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mertle
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Posted - 05/04/2014 :  05:40:36 AM  Show Profile Send mertle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by anderknit

I would add that contrary to (my) logic, knitting more loosely results in better felting. I guess that if the pre-felted fabric is dense, there's less opportunity for the yarn to abrade and, well, felt. So go up to a needle size that gives you a nice loose fabric. Don't adjust for the fun fur itself, but for the fact that you don't want a dense pre-felted fabric.



Quite true, I found. My first felting ever was several swatches (believe it or not!) with several needle sizes. Loose fabric before felting is a must so the fibers can have room to move around and tangle up together.

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