Hey there! Welcome to “Customer Question of the Week”, a new weekly
blog feature wherein our crack team of experts (okay, it’s the KP staff)
answers your most pressing fiber-crafting queries. Have a ponderance or
problem you need solved? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Even though we won’t be able to respond to every person, your question may be chosen for this feature!
This week’s winter-appropriate curiosity was answered by Stacey, our super IDP Coordinator.
Q: “Which Knit Picks yarns work best for felting?”
A: First of all, a quick definition: Felting
(or fulling as it is also called) is the process of intentionally
shrinking natural untreated fibers into a dense fabric using hot water
and agitation. Many people use this for projects such as slippers,
bags, mittens, hats, toys, and housewares – anywhere you would prefer a
thick durable fabric. We have a couple of tutorials on how to felt your
knitted & crochet projects – either by machine or by hand.
have several yarns that work great for felting. Remember, you will
want to use untreated yarns – no superwash! – and yarns that are made up
of mostly natural fibers. Different yarns (such as wool vs alpaca) and
even different colors will felt at different rates, so make sure you do
a swatch before starting a project!
Single ply yarns are some of the best for felting so our Full Circle Worsted and Bulky
are perfect for felted projects. With the blend of Merino and Highland
wools, you’ll not only get very durable accessories such as hats and
mittens, the fabric will be soft and warm through the chilliest of
Our 100% Peruvian wools are the most popular for felting – that is, Palette and especially the Wool of the Andes line (sport, worsted and bulky). You can see this is great for projects such as bags, like Meghan Jones’ Intwined Bag, which uses Wool of the Andes Bulky.