Knitting at KNoon Designs - Felted Coasters, Hot Pads, and Beverage Jackets
© Chris de Longpré, Knitting At KNoon Designs, 2004, All Rights Reserved
Yarn - Worsted weight, 100% wool yarn for felting, in three to five coordinating colors. Coaster: ~45 yds. total for each. Hot Pad: ~80 yds. total for each, as follows (from center out) - color A, 3 yds.; color B, 6 yds.; color C, 11 yds.; color D, 18 yds.; color E, 40 yds. Beverage Jacket: small(large) - ~50(70)yds. total for each.
Needles - 5 double-point needles and one 16" circular needle, US size 10 (6mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.
Other - Tapestry needle.Gauge: 16 stitches and 20 rows = 4" in stockinet stitch (before felting).
Size will vary somewhat depending on yarn and amount of felting. Approximate finished measurements: Coaster: 5" diameter; Hot Pad: 10" diameter; Beverage Jacket: Small (to fit 12 oz. beverage can or equivalent water bottle), Large (to fit standard wine bottle).
1) Certain colors (white and yellow, in particular) may not felt. It is essential to swatch to test the felting properties of the wool!
2) Felting: Set washer load size to small and fill with very hot water. Add a small amount of mild soap. Place items in a mesh bag and toss in the washer with several pairs of jeans. Agitate, checking every five minutes. Do not run through the spin cycle. When fabric is desired density and approximate size has been reached, remove and rinse thoroughly in cool water. Roll in a towel to remove as much excess water as possible. Pull, press, and pat into shape and allow to dry completely. Beverage jacket should be blocked on a container of the size for which it is to be used. Hot pad can be flattened easily by placing under a plate weighted down with cans, books, or anything handy.
Coasters: With double-point needles, cast on 8 sts. Distribute evenly over 4 needles and knit one round. Increase in each st in the next round, as follows: knit one st in the st below and then knit the st on the needle (16 sts). Knit 3 rounds even. Work another increase round (32 sts). Knit 4 rounds even. Knitting onto circular needle, work another increase round (64 sts). Knit 5 rounds even. Purl 1 round. Cast off loosely in knit. Use the tail from the cast on to close the center hole by weaving through the base of original sts and pulling up. Weave in ends and felt.
Hot Pad: Make as for coaster through the 5th even round, following the 3rd increase round (64 sts), changing colors on the 2nd and 3rd increase rounds. 4th increase (change colors): increase one st in every other st (96 sts). Knit 6 rounds even. 5th increase (change colors): increase one st in every third st (128 sts). Knit 5 rounds even. Purl 2 rounds. Bind off loosely in knit. Close up center hole as for coaster. Weave in ends and felt.
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