Protect Yourself with Felt:
Felted knits are great because they are so thick and warm. These characteristics can be used to your advantage when you're looking for a hand in the kitchen.
This super-simple knit and felted hot pad can be knit up in no time, felts quickly and makes a colorful and useful addition to any kitchen or dining room.
- about 40 yards of 100 percent wool, thick and thin yarn (I used Berroco's Hip Hop in color 7265, Dude, and this project took half a skein)
- one pair size 15 US needles
- crochet hook or yarn needle
- supplies for felting by machine or by hand.
2.5 stitches and 3 rows per inch in stockinette stitch before felting. Gauge is not critical.
Before felting, project is 9.5 inches wide and 13.5 inches tall. After felting, it is 8 inches wide and 8.5 inches tall.
- Cast on 25 stitches.
- Knit in stockinette stitch for 40 rows, or until piece measures about 13.5 inches.
- Bind off. Cut yarn and weave in ends.
- Felt by machine, if possible. In my machine it took 12 minutes for the project to shrink fully.
- Lay out on a towel or blocking mat and pin so the sides are relatively straight. Allow to dry completely before unpinning.
Remember that felted items can shrink further if you wash them in the machine, so if your hot pad gets dirty, just throw it in the sink with a little dish soap or wool wash and let it soak. Rinse gently and dry flat.
If you choose to use a different yarn than the one suggested, you may come up with a project that is smaller or larger. Every yarn felts differently and it is impossible to control how much or in what direction a piece of knitting is going to felt. If your project ends up really small, use it as a coaster. If it's too big, just trim the edges, or use it as a placemat.