I felted my first knitting project ever. Fiona found herself this lovely winter jacket at a thrift shop a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to knit some mittens to match. I wanted to try felting, so I knitted oversized mitts out of wool and then threw them in a hot wash. It was just magical how they came out smoothly felted and about 80% of the size they used to be.
The only thing I wish I’d known was that ribbed cuffs don’t shrink. They lose their elasticity, which I’d anticipated, but I expected them to tighten up as they felted. So the mittens have pretty wide cuffs. If I get ambitious I’ll pick up stitches inside the felted wristband area and knit a second, longer, wrist-hugging cuff on each one. But she likes them as-is.
I needle felted a little flower and heart to match the jacket on each mitten, and then added the stitched squares around. I’m really pleased — can you tell?