My felting failure

Well here it is. Everything was going well until the felting process. I washed it once took it out and it appeared to do exactly as it was supposed to excpet that the opening hadn't shrunk nearly enough so I ran it again and this time totaly forgot about it and it went through the entire cycle and came out as you see it here. But still the opening is way to big while the rest of the beret is way too small. What went wrong?

Sorry about the hideous picture of myself but I wanted to give the hat some scale.

Scott

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MMario's picture

I haven't done a beret - so this isn't from personal experience - but I am told that running a length of fishing line and snugging the opening down to the desired finish size before felting helps with felting a beret
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scottly's picture

I guess I'll have to try it again and do the fish line thing and knit the ribbing with a size smaller needle and see what happens. I will probably not use alpaca again though- I don't think I like it. Is that terrible?

Scott
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MMario's picture

Try a different BRAND of Alpaca before you ditch it completly. I've used several brands and they are very different. Oddly enough , the most expensive was the one I liked least. It shed more and was much harder to work with.
KnitPicks alpaca I liked.

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scottly's picture

I'll go hunting for KnitPicks alpaca this weekend - this damn beret is starting to feel like my Everest - i just can't give it up until I reach the summit. I've already started and frogged it at least twice. Maybe that varigated alpaca just didn't agree with me.

Scott
I wish I were knitting now.

That blue is much too Presbyterian. Try something in brown or olive. That would look much more Lutheran.

Peter

scottly's picture

That's it!!!! I had no business working in blue.

albert's picture

Let's be ecuminical here- how about some nice Catholic Lenten purple?

I really like the colors and how they melded together. Reminds me of a Flow Blue plate.

albert's picture

I agree with Rob on the flow-blue thing- very appealing. And your photo is acutally quite artsy- well composed and intriguing.