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I felted this vest by washing it in the washing machine (regular cycle) in hot water with two pairs of jeans and a couple of squirts of Dawn dish soap. I started checking it for felting after 10 minutes then about every 2 - 3 minutes after that.

Once felting starts, the texture changes pretty fast but it took about 18 minutes to get to the gauge I wanted. I took it gently out of the washer (it's very heavy when it's this wet making it prone to stretching). I put it in a stainless steel bowl, then flopped it on a towel to measure the stitch/row count. (Trying to minimize water everywhere!)

I gently formed it to size on my blocking rug by pushing and pulling. You won't believe how cool the fabric is - really dense and thick. This should turn a leather jacket into an all weather winter coat here in Chicago. Very warm - there's a little mohair in Lamb's Pride yarn.

What's Next: This vest is going to be edged with black and have a longish ribbed collar with a zipped front. If I get really brave, I am going to slash the fronts and put some bound pockets in.

Felted Vest (after)

Design by
Bonne Marie Burns

Vest after felting next to a normal size vest!

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride
22" w x 23" l

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