Felting the Galway Worsted

After a two-swatch experiment, I’m very excited to announce my findings in regards to hand felting our new Galway Worsted! 

As you can see, I only knit a small swatch. I knit them on US #3 dpns despite the recommended US #8. I prefer to have a tighter fabric for my felted objects so the stuffing doesn’t show afterwards. The verdict?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compared side-by-side, you can see that it shrank a fair amount, but I love it! It only took about 3 alternations between hot and cold water with a generous amount of liquid soap to get it as felted as it is in the photo. It wasn’t too rough in my hands while I did it, and there doesn’t appear to be too much of the stitch definition left. I’m sure if I went at it a little longer, it could be gone completely. I’m definitely be excited to see how it fairs  in future  non-swatch felting projects down the road! 

Written by Catherine Eason

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