Monday, November 3, 2008

Felted Bangles


Kat Coyle, designer of the Burnished Tunic and Indigo Ripples skirt, has a free pattern for Reverse Stockinette Bangles. They are a great project for kids, because they are quick and easy, while teaching knit and purl stitches. It's a great way to learn how to knit. You can stop right here and have a cute little bracelet, but Gay, from Gaysknits, took these cute little bangles one step further and felted them. They look so good, of course everything Gay does looks great. She pays so much attention to detail.
So naturally I felt (ha!) the need to make some. I used scraps of leftover worsted weight wool. Malabrigo and Lambs Pride felted very nicely.

I casted on 40 stitches using size 7 straight needles, but you may need to experiment with this depending on how big you want to make them. The reverse stockinette naturally causes the bracelet to curl up. Then weave in the tails to make a circle. How easy is that? You can stop here.
But I chose to felt them. This was so easy. I put the bracelets in my hands, added some dish soap and warm water, and scrubbed my hands together like I was washing them. I kept checking the bracelets until I liked how they were felted. This process only took a few minutes.
I rinsed them, squeezed them in a paper towel to get out the extra moisture, straightened them out, and then slid them over the espresso maker funnel to dry. It was the perfect size, but you could use a glass.
When they are dry you can wear them or give them as a gift!

10 comments:

Philigry said...

so cute. i love this idea!

sweetp said...

What a great idea!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

What a fun idea! Too cute.

kat coyle said...

Great post! I've been wearing my bangles and they are becoming felted bracelets naturally from washing my hands!

Denise said...

What a great project. They turned out really well.

amanda said...

This would make brilliant stocking fillers I think!

a friend to knit with said...

these are fun. and fabulous. and the perfect gift!

kim said...

What a great way to use up beautiful ends. I love the added touch of ribbon you chose too!

MadMad said...

I got so excited I just went and made two - I made one i-cord though, thinking it might be more firm. I'll let you know! Thanks for the GREAT idea!

karenjane said...

they look great felted, mite have to try this one!