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Felted Knits Paperback – May 27 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press; 1 edition (May 27 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499330
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 21.7 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #302,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I enjoyed this book immensely...[It] is laid out with clear methods and instructions." - Liz Allen, The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

"The introduction is a manual in itself, covering the basics in such detail that beginners won't miss a trick." - Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2004

"[Beverly Galeskas] is simply the best resource for felting today...This is a beautiful - and useful - guidebook." - Knitter's Review

About the Author

Beverly Galeskas is the founder and owner of Fiber Trends, a knitting pattern company. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington.

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There has been a huge craze for felted knitting, a process where you knit a loose garment and then wash it in the washing machine to shrink and thicken the fabric. Things that are typically felted are clogs or slippers, tote bags and vests, but you can do a lot more.
Bev Galeskas has some great instructions here, including an invaluable gauge check. You knit a square of a particular gauge, mark it with thread and then wash according to instructions. The thread marks the shrinkage and tells you how to adjust your knitting to get the felt to result in the size you desire.
There are also instructions for how to leave button holes or eyelets in the knitting so they don't close up, what yarns work well and which ones don't, how to felt in a front-loading washing machine (hint: it has to be the kind that lets you stop and open the door mid-cycle. My American front-loader does allow this but my European one did not. If you have the kind that locks during the cycle, Bev suggests you find a friend with a toploader and borrow their machine!)
The only small disappointment was that a pattern for felted clogs was not included. But there is a pattern for "ballet slippers" which do look something like clogs, so I suppose they can be sized up for adults, even men. Just don't CALL them ballet slippers. Felted clogs are very popular to make for gifts and to keep by the door as shoe-replacements to save your floors and carpets from wear and tear.
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By A Customer on June 12 2004
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I own about 10 knitting books, and this one is the first one with which I am disappointed. Many of the patterns in here are quite intuitive; meaning, that one probably doesn't need a book to be able to figure out how to knit them. Books with felting patterns should highlight patterns that are difficult to create. Otherwise, what's the point of buying a book? The challenges of felting are in determining scale and ratio, and anticipating shrinkage when you felt the item. None of these patterns are particularly interesting or nice-looking.
Given its 2003 press date, I would have liked to see more fashionable items like a bucket hat, a striped felted bag with closure, and more useful household items, like a fruit bowl. Instead, the patterns include a bowler hat, felted mittens, dowdy looking slippers and several simple square bags. Its saving grace is a nice-looking felted rug, but I could have probably figured that one out as well. Isn't it just a rectangle?
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I love this book. The patterns are not only great to look at, but well written and easy to follow too. I made a couple pairs of the baby booties, and they were quite quick to make. And, felted up beautifully.
Same with the pocketbook. Not that the instructions are as critical there, but still- well written and easy to follow, again. And the results were gorgeous. People compliment me on it all the time. I've been inspired to begin a hat- but it's too early to discuss the finished results. Still- I have faith it will be perfect.
She tells you all about how to choose your yarn, what yarns felt well, gives suggestions for figuring out gauge and discusses washing machine vs. sink techniques. Lots of nice pics in the beginning to get a feel how much felting changes your fabric. I found that helpful, as I had no idea what novelty yarns worked in might look like. Given how gorgeous they are, and that I would have been afraid to even try, I feel as if it's almost a public service to include those.
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When I got this book, I was looking for some in-depth information on felting, and the author covered a lot of questions that I had come up against when looking just at single patterns. There's a good variety of projects and yarns used, and the colour photos are quite lovely; it's very nice to find a book that doesn't just feature one brand of yarn. I agree with previous reviews that there's not a lot of 'new' patterns, but there's a good range of different things that are felt-tested. I don't agree that the patterns are easy to follow though - the sidebars that give the project requirements are not clearly laid out, and often two or three projects are mixed in together; as well, some of the more structured projects (slippers, tea cozy) seem to have unnecessarily complex instructions for what one would think would be a fairly simple item. Overall, I would recommend the book for its comprehensiveness, but I wouldn't put it at the top of the list...
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