Knitting For Profit Ebook
- Felting will shrink a knitted piece by approximately 20%, although this can vary.
- After deciding the finished size of the grid from which to cut the heart shape, increase the size of the piece to knit, by 20% (e.g., to obtain a felted 5"/13cm square, the knitted size should be approximately 6"/15cm square before felting).
- Knit the square in stocking (stockinette) stitch and proceed with the felting instructions. Felting Instructions
- The most efficient felting method is a full washing machine cycle set at "Hot" or "Whites".
- Run through the normal washing cycle, including rinse and spin dry.
- It may require two or more washing cycles to obtain the felted finish.
- When the felting is held up to a strong light, the stitches and rows are barely visible.
- Allow the felted knitting to dry thoroughly before assembling the hearts.
- When dry, brush the felting for a smoother surface texture.
- Felted items can also be pressed lightly with a low-setting steam iron and a damp cloth. Finishing
- Print out the heart pattern and cut two pieces from the felted knitting. With WS together, using needle and thread, join the two heart shapes by working a small overcast stitch around the edge, ensuring the seam is securely closed and leaving a small opening.
- Fill the heart with the rice and tea (if using) and sew the opening closed.
- With the contrast color yarn, work an overcast stitch around the edge of the heart.
- Tie an 8"/20cm length of ribbon into a bow and secure with a small sewing stitch.
- Do not use a metal safety pin to attach the ribbon.
- The felted hearts if made from the materials listed can be heated and used as a soothing wrist rest while computer mousing, a spot muscle relaxer, or a hand warmer.
- Place the felted heart in the microwave and heat in 30-second increments for NO MORE than one minute. With cloth or oven glove, remove from the microwave and enjoy!
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