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Unfelted swatch

An unfelted swatch.

Sarah White

Most people prefer felting by machine if they have the option, but felting can also be done by hand, in your sink, a bucket, a washtub or even the bathtub. Depending on the size of the project, felting your project by hand can still be quick and easy.

It's the perfect way to felt a swatch before knitting up the full garment, to make sure the fabric felts the way you intend. For the purposes of this demonstration I knitted a four inch wide and 5.25 inch tall swatch using size 11 US needles and Caron Felt-It in color 0003, Wildflowers.

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