Herdy Wool granny squares I have been making. Herdy Wool is chunky and a 6.5mm hook is recommended. I used a 5.5mm hook as I wanted a firm felt without many gaps. It felts wonderfully.
I filled a washing up bowl with hot water and worked the washing up liquid into the crochet until it was in a lather. Now this is where the exercise comes in... once the lathered up crochet is in the hot water, vigorously rub the crochet between your hands. You can also make use of the bottom of the washing up bowl and rub the crochet on the bottom of the bowl as well. Keep topping up the hot water and soap. Every now and then I put the crochet under running cold water to shock the fibres and then re-lathered and placed back in the hot water.
It is now time to have a breather and a cup of tea.... and maybe a chocolate biscuit to help keep up your energy...
The more times you repeat the cold water/hot water process, the thicker the felt will be. Make sure to vigorously rub the joins of the granny squares to felt them together, as this will make your felt sturdy. It is a slow process and an energetic one, but it will allow you to keep some stitch definition, which is the look I was going for.
Once you are happy with the results, rinse the crochet well. Any soap residue left in the wool will weaken the fibres over time, so make sure you squeeze and rinse thoroughly. Roll the crochet in a towel to squeeze out excess water. I pulled the crochet back into a square shape whilst it was damp with my hands, and left it to dry lying on a towel. You could re-shape using pins and then leave to dry on a towel.
|See the Avoca throw... lets just say there was a chilli spill near white sofa incident... hubby now sits on the throw and we only eat at the dining table!|
Can I just also say "thank you" to Gwendolyn who left a super lovely comment on my blog, but is a no reply commenter. Gwendolyn, you brightened up my day x