I have some Joseph Galler Peruvian Tweed, a superfine DK alpaca yarn in slate/brown that I want to make into a sweater, but I am a hardy guy and I don't want a delicate item.
My all-time favorite sweater (pictured here
) I discovered in a free box and wore everywhere. It was a bit loose, but not oversized, was v-necked, and had "accidentally" been felted in the way that happens when folks throw their store-bought wool items in the washing machine instead of hand-washing.
The fact that this sweater was felted made it all the better because it kept the wind out better (I go to school in SF CA USA and the wind blows right through me).
Has anyone here ever felted a sweater or vest? Do you have any tips? This is a really nice fiber and I don't want to waste it, but it could turn out awesome, right?. I haven't felted a swatch yet because I'm still exploring my options, but if you have worked with a similar fiber or weight, I'd love to hear about your experiences.
My main concerns are: (1) will it come out too thick w/ DK weight and (2) how to get the sizing right with a fitted garment.
A couple of sites mention felting garments, but then don't go into detail.