Hi! I found this community while browsing around, and so I joined. (^ _ ^)
I've been knitting for over a year now, and I absolutely love it.
My latest ambition has been a hat. This one, specifically, from a pattern generator. I've made several hats including this one before, but I've never felted anything. So I bought the Paton's classic merino wool in black, knit a swatch, and felted it in a large metal bowl with dishsoap and wearing surgical gloves. And it shrunk very well and felted perfectly, and I put in my before and after measurements, looked over to make sure all the measurements were there and exact, and knit the hat. I went to felt it, doing everything exactly the same as I had with the swatch, the same soap, bowl, gloves, soap, and the same water temperature.
I started to wash it using these small sort of circular motions with my hands like I did before, and after a while, I noticed it wasn't beginning to felt at all. I lifted it out of the water, and it had expanded to near twice the size it had been before I put it in the water. Would anyone happen to know why it expanded so much? I would like to see if I can't shrink it still before I completely give up on it, and any help at all would be much appreciated. ^ ^'
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