Thursday, 24 January 2013

Felted Twig Cuff

I needed a break from the seed stitch Wedding Washcloth from Purl Bee that I am knitting for my friend Liza. Knitting washcloths might seem mindless and quick, but make no mistake - these are no ordinary washclothes.

The little "twigs" on the cuff are a result from knitting a full round with both yarns. I figured this out by way of a happy accident. If you want a crisper edge (though not much crisper), drop your first colour when you transition to the second colour.


  • To felt you require a yarn that is preferably 100% wool, but I believe anything over 70% will felt to some degree. I used Martha Stewart Crafts 100% Merino in bluish gray, and Blue Sky Alpaca's Suri Merino in Snow.
  • US Size 10.5 double pointed needles (5)
  • Mild soap
  • Hot water
  1. Cast on 28 stitches (small), 32 (medium), 34(large) - These sizes are only approximate - as you are felting, keep checking the size. You can shrink it by felting longer, or stretch it when wet to make it bigger. Once dry, minor size adjustments can be made by re-wetting
  2. Divide the stitches evenly over 4 needles.
  3. Rounds 1-5: k
  4. Round 6: k, continue to carry your first colour while adding the second colour.
  5. Rounds 7-11: k with second colour only. 
  6. Cast off - use a needle one size larger, or be a bit loose with the cast off so there is a bit of give for fitting your hand through.
  7. Because you will be felting it, you don't need to bother with knitting in the ends! 
  8. Fill a basin with the hottest water you can handle to touch and add mild soap. 
  9. Keeping the band submerged for as much of the time as possible, vigorously rub it against itself. I rub my hands together like I am trying to warm them up. Note the amount of shirking to make sure  you don't felt it down too small. This takes about 5-10 minutes.
  10. Squeeze out excess water and reshape.
  11. You can cut down on drying time by wrapping it in a towel and stepping on it.
Enjoy as is, or jazz it up with some needle felting!

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