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These swatches were knit in a Shetland-type wool with 2x2 cables crossed every fourth row. Needles three sizes larger than those specified on the yarn label were used. The felted swatch endured three wash cycles, which left the cables very subdued.

(multiple of 16 sts)

4-st RC SI 2 sts to cn and hold to back. k2, k2 from cn. 4-st LC SI 2 sts to cn and hold to front. k2, k2 from cn. Rows 1 and 3 (WS) 'K2. p4, k2; rep from * to end. Row 2 *P2, k4, p2; rep from * to end. Row 4 *P2,4-st RC, p4.4-st LC, p2; rep from • to end. Rep rows 1 -4.

These 3x3 cabled swatches were also worked using Shetland-type wool, this time with needles two sizes larger than the yarn band called for.The felted version was put through the hot/cold cycle only twice, so the cables remain prominent.

(multiple of 10 sts)

6-st RC SI 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k3, k3 from cn.

Rows 1 and 3 (WS) *K2. p6, k2; rep from ■ to end.

Stitch Patterns

Knitting Stitches Lace

Knitting lace is an intricate process, so it is certainly worth lace vest, sew the pieces of the vest together and baste doing a test swatch to avoid felting problems. If you are the armholes and the fronts together with cotton thread, felting a large garment, make sure all the openings are then remove the thread after felting.This will keep the secured before felting. For example, if you are making a armholes from ruffling. You may also want to sew cotton thread around the outer neck edge. Basting is not necessary for edges knitted in ribbing. Stitch patterns are on p. 88.


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Knitted Lace Edges

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Q Colors A (light) and B (dark) (multiple of 14 sts plus 7)

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Stitch Patterns

Over the next several pages, you will see a wide variety of two- and three-color stitch patterns. They include lattice stitches and brick stitches that change dramatically when felted. These are slip-stitch patterns, in which you use only one color in each row, carrying the nonworking color or colors up the side of your work. When choosing color patterns for felting, try to achieve good color contrast and carefully consider the yarn weight you'll be using.

Yarn selection is very important with this group. Bold, bulky yarns will maintain the stitch quality and color pattern better than thinner yarns.Two-color patterns using thin yarns look very subtle after felting.Thicker yarns and bold contrast colors work best. Whatever yarns and patterns you choose, make a swatch and felt it before knitting your entire project.

Knitted Geometrical Swatches

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Work 4 rows in garter st.

Row 1 (RS) PA, "turn, cast on 8 sts, turn, p4; rep from * to end.


Work 2 rows in garter st.

Row 1 (RS) P3, 'turn,cast on 5 sts, turn, p3; rep from * to end.

Row 10 K4, "bind off 8 sts purlwise, k4;

Row 11 Purl.

Row 12 Knit.

Cont as desired.

Row 16 K3, "bind off 5 sts purlwise. k3;

Row 17 Purl.

Row 18 Knit.

Cont as desired.


Edgings always add a crowning touch to any knitted piece. Here are a few felted edgings from my books Knitting On the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge and Knitting Beyond the Edge.

Adknitting Edges

Chapter 4

Two Colors Knitting Patterns

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This is a two-color geometric pattern that felts beautifully and that can be used as an overall pattern, an insert or an edging.

Colors A (light) and B (dark) {multiple of 10 sts plus 2) Note On RS rows si sts wyib, on WS rows, si st wyif. Row 1 (RS) With A, knit.

Row 5 With A, kl. "si 2. k4,si 2.k2; rep from \end kl. Row 6 With A, pi, *p2, si 2, p4,si 2; rep from \end pi.

Row 9 With A, kl, "si 2, k8;rep from '.end kl.

Row 10 With A, pi, *p8,si 2;rep from *,end p1. Row 11 With B, knit.

Row 12 With B, purl.

Row 13 With A, "k4, si 2, k4; rep from *,end k2.

Row 16 With B, "p4, si 2, p2, si 2; rep from * end p2.

Row 18 With A, p2, *sl 2, p2, si 2, p4; rep from * to end.

Row 19 With B, "k6, si 2, k2: rep from '.end k2.

Row 20 With B, p2. "p2, si 2, p6; rep from • to end. Rep rows 1 -20.

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Colors A (dark) and B (light) (multiple of lOstsplus 7)

Work strands With RH needle, pick up loops from 4 and 5 rows below and k tog with next st.

Cast on with A and purl 1 row.

Preparation row (RS) With 8, k6, si 5 wyif, *k5, si 5 wyif; rep from *, end k6. Row 1 With B,k6,sl 5 wyib, 'k5,sl 5; rep from Vend k6.

Knitting Wyif

Row 6 With 5 wyif, *k2,work strands, k2, si 5 wyif; rep from '.end k1. Row 7 With B, kl, si 5 wyib, *k5, si 5; rep from \ end k1. Rows 8-11 Work in St st.

Row 12 With B, k3, work strands, *k2, si 5 wyif, k2, work loops; rep from », end k3.

Rep rows 1-12.

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Chapter One

Go Felt Yourself! 7

Chapter Two

Dimensional Felting 16

Chapter Three

A Potpourri of Stitch Pattern

Chapter Four

A Variety of Techniques 91

Chapter Five

Appliqués, Cords and Handles

Chapter Six ^i^ut! 128

Chapter Seven

Sculptural Felting 146


Counterpane Knitting Patterns

Counterpanes are richly textured patterns that incorporate cables and lace techniques. Knitted in natural-fiber yarn, they felt beautifully. Knit four or more counterpane squares and sew them together to create a beautiful pillow cover or table mat. I've shown two variations here, but it's fun to find more by searching for historical patterns. Patterns are

O This can be used as an edging or a scarf.

  1. Cut a long, narrow rectangle of felt. Fold each side (long) edge toward the center. Pin and stitch down on each side.
  2. Cut each folded side evenly in parallel cuts, spaced apart. Each cut should extend from the outer edge to within /*" of the center stitching.
  3. Twist the resulting fringe to form curlicues. Sew curls in place to secure.

& Colors A and B. With A, cast on desired number of sts. Purl one row. Row 2 (RS) With A, k across. Row 3 (WS) With B,p across. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for stripe pattern to desired length. Change to solid color, if desired, and work remainder of piece. Felt as described on p.8. After felting, cut even strips of desired width through the stripe pattern.

The stitches most commonly used for knitted fabrics that are to be felted are stockinette stitch and garter stitch. After all, why waste time knitting complicated cables, lace or colorwork when felting blurs stitch definition? But I've experimented with hundreds of stitch patterns that hold their integrity very well in the felting process and allow you to achieve some beautiful and unique effects. In this chapter, I'll show you the cables, mosaics, slip-stitch patterns and lace stitches that work best. I'll also explain how to felt these knitted fabrics and still maintain their visual interest. It's important not to overfelt these pattern stitches, so be sure to read the descriptions that tell you how I made the swatches look the way they do.

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animal friends p. 131

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Technique spring tulip garden p. 129

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Diagonal Scallop KnittingRetire Wallpaper

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