Knitting And Felting A Seat Pad From Un-Spun Wool Roving

09 06 2015

Did you maybe read my recent post  about our chair-odyssey?

In that post you can see a photo of our table and the Adelaide chairs with little sheepskin pads in them.

I ordered those little fur pads because the plastic chairs seemed a bit cool especially in wintertime.

Honestly I did not like those little sheepskin pieces when they arrived - the white ones were bleached and the grey ones were dyed and I do not like such artificial treatments on a natural product.

But we kept them anyway because we needed something in the chairs. 

Now I finally came up with a new seat pads idea.

I didn't had to think too hard about it because chunky wool is always on my mind:) 

I just took my spare 500gr samples of un-spun wool roving and knitted seat pads with my fingers in stockinette pattern.

Of course you can also use large (25mm thick) needles for knitting these. 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

I am located in Germany and wrote already in this DIY post where I obtained my roving and large needles.

I have chosen those varieties above simply because they were less expensive.

I can recommend all except the Herdwick! It looks interesting BUT it's extremely linty - even after felting. 

I started by chaining 7 or 8 with just my fingers (depending on the thickness of your roving and on how large you want your seat pad to be) as I would want to crochet.

Last year I made this video with DaWanda where I also show, how to chain with your fingers.

Out of the back of this chain I cast on my stitches. 

Knit about 9-11 rows or until almost all yarn from the 500r ball is gone, cast off and weave in the endings.

I just left the endings as is because I think it looks kinda cool.

If you decide about the size of your pad keep in mind, that the finished pad will shrink a bit during felting in the washing machine.

Here you can see how large mine were before felting - I put my flip-flops next to it so you get an idea about the actual size.

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

The pad on top is already felted - the others not yet.

I felted with normal but short 30degree cycle. That's different from how I felted the large grey blanket I showed you last week.

I wanted the seat pads to be even more durable since a lot weight is always on them.

It's still a good idea to start felting in the wool cycle because you can always run another cycle over your piece if it is really not felted enough.

But you can't undo it if you already felted too much. 

Also every washing machine will be a bit different. 

If you are going to use the normal 30degree short cycle like I did, your felted pice will look pretty crumpled when you take it off the machine.

Don't worry! 

It's best then to bring the still wet pad back to its original square or rectangle form by pulling strongly on all sides. It's easier when you can do it with another person so you can pul in opposite directions.

Lay flat and let completely dry after you brought it back to a good shape.

Here you can see my finished felted seat pad. 

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

It was the first one I made a few weeks ago and since then I use it in my Muuto chair.

DIY tutorial on how to knit and felt a super chunky seat pad from un-spun wool roving. By lebenslustiger.com

And here are the others ones... 

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Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


Knitting A Blanket With Un-Spun Wool - Tips, Tricks And Measurements

02 06 2015

It's been already way over a year ago that I knitted this large grey blanket with un-spun wool (called "roving").

Ever since I wanted to let you know, how I did it but first our move came in between and then summer came along with no longing to touch warm wool.

Then fall and winter approached with me being super busy with my shops and now it's already basically summer again! Wowza! Time does really fly, doesn't it?

However - there is no difficulty at all to knit a giant blanket like this one and I figured, somewhere on this world it's winter right now so there you go...

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

All you need is:

- Roving (I bought mine here because I am located in Germany: Das Wollschaf)

- Big 25mm needles (I bought mine here: handgefertigt-berlin.de)

- And some shoulder- and arm muscles.

If you don't have any of the latter you will have some after you finished a blanket ;-)

There are many different kind of rovings out there and since I had no idea, if the length of the fibres will matter or if any of the roving would work better I just choose my roving by color and low price.

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

I went with grey Masham wool. First I ordered just 500gr to make a swatch and to see, if the wool would maybe be scratchy because of the lower price range.

But it turned out to be super soft and nice - just perfect!

It came in big balls with wide strands of roving and I decided to part each ball of strands to yield a thinner "yarn". 

So I parted the strands in half by sitting in front of a ball and pulling the strand CAREFULLY apart in the middle and have the parts then fallen off each of my legs. Then I loosely wound each part back into a ball.

Be aware of children and cats during this task! 

I made a knitted and a crocheted swatch and since I wanted to really use the blanket afterwards it needed to be more durable so I slightly felted the swatch pieces in my washing machine on WOOL CYCLE.

I highly recommend you do some swatches to see, how you like it best because every washing machine and every roving will be different! See if you like it better slightly felted or not felted at all. 

I loved the slightly felted stockinet most.

So I ordered more of the roving and started.

I chained 50 stitches and made 75 rows in stockinet stitch (row 1 knit, row 2 purl - repeat) 

I used up about 6kg of roving.

I tied all endings carefully and weaved in the endings with my fingers. 

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

The finished blanket was now to heavy for my washing machine so I took it to my dry cleaner who also has a large washing machine with a WOOL CYCLE. 

Unfortunately their machine felted a bit stronger than mine did and the finished blanket is now 160x160cm - a bit smaller then I wanted it to be.

So you might want to check in with your dry cleaner as well beforehand if you need a precise size. 

For us it was ok - it's still really beautiful and we love it. We keep it on our bed and it was so nice and warm during the winter months.

And of course the cats love it as well :) 

DIY - Knit a chunky blanket from wool roving. Perfect for interior decoration - so warm and cozy! Full tutorial with measurements, tips and tricks on how to knit a large blanket with thick, un-spun yarn and how to felt it afterwards.

Happy Day,

Anette 

P.S. Today is Creadienstag


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I Bet You Have Not Seen Something Like This - Little Dandelion K1S1

13 05 2015

Have you yet seen the wool work of Jacqui Fink from Little Dandelion?

It's SO amazing and inspiring!

Extremely large scale and oh so creative.

She just came out with her own yarn called K1S1 - "knit one/share one" and I brought it over to Germany to have it available for European customers here in my DaWanda Shop.

As I said it in this post, importing yarn from the US or now from Australia is a giant hassle with lots of 'stones', paperwork, high fees and costs in the way but I do it anyway because I love those special products and I love to make new experiences.

And it is definitely a fun new experience to knit with large needles and yarn like this! 

K1S1 comes in 5kg(!) bumps and it's an extra thick, felted 100% natural white Merino yarn.

Because it's felted the finished project is quite durable and less prone to pilling.

It also allows really airy and large stitches.

Wonderful for throws or wall-hangings.

With one 5kg bump you can make a throw in the approximate size of 120cmx160cm with no need of yarn joins.

Available are also the original giant knitting needles. 50(!)mm in diameter and with a length of 1.10m.

The needle endings are handcrafted from wood and one stick approximately weights 550gr.

So, no need to hit the gym anymore because you will work out while you knit... ;) 

Please see Little Dandelion for much more information and pictures and project ideas.

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Happy Day,

Anette 


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12 03 2015

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Anette 


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