Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Felted Crochet Doily Potholder

Crocheting is my favorite thing to do.  This was so easy and it's so cute.  It is not my own pattern.  I got it from a magazine last month (I'll let you know which one, if you are interested).  But, basically it is just crocheted in the round for a while, then you start adding some shells.  You have to use wool (or some other natural fiber yarn - acrylic will not felt!)  When it's finished you place it inside a mesh bag and throw it in the washing machine with a pair of jeans (for agitation).  Set the washer on super hot, then rinse in cold.  Check it out and if it's not felted enough, run it through another cycle.  Also, add about a quarter cup of laundry detergent.  Some people like to use dishwashing liquid when they felt, but laundry detergent has always worked fine for me.

If you've never felted before, you really need to check it out.  In the potholder, you can still see the stiches because it was crocheted with shells and popcorns, but when you felt in single or double crochet, and run it through the washer 2 or 3 times, you can no longer see the stiches.  It's just nice and thick and wooly.  You can cut into the project and it will not unravel.  I love it.

You could make smaller ones for coasters and a larger ones for placements.  They are very cheery and have a great texture.  AND, this one only took about an hour to crochet!

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