Saturday, September 12, 2009

Felted Potholders

Pattern: Felted Potholders, based on a summer posting on Mason-Dixon Knitting about making a log cabin blanket (I'll try to track down the post and link to it - it was a blanket being worked on during a trip - lots of grey squares with green, I believe?)
Yarn: Malabrigo worsted weight, left-overs
Needle: size 10.5 bamboo 24" circular
Gauge before felting: 14 st and 26 rows in garter stitch
Size before felting: 12" x 12"
Size after felting: 10" x 10"
Shrinkage: 15% in width and length
These were quick and easy, though a bit fussy with all of the picking up of stitches.
The weight is good for potholders: flexible enough to wrap around hand and pot handle, thick enough to guard against the heat of pots and pans.
Felting took about 10-15 minutes in the machine. Be aware that felting increases exponentially with each passing minute. In other words, very slow at the beginning, but just when you think that you can let it go another minute or so instead of marching back down to the basement to check progress, it will felt about twenty times faster than you'd anticipated. With this project, I checked progress every five minutes for the first ten minutes, and then every minute or so after that.
If I had it to do over again: I'd make them smaller. These are a bit large for a potholder, more the size of a trivet or table mat.





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