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Have any of you tried felting with Lion Brand wool? I just made a satchel from with Lion yarn and it felted very strangely... certain parts didn't felt, other bits felted together, it was a mess! Any ideas?


Serge664's picture

I haven't tried the lion wool, but I did try Patons Classic Merino to make a basket and it was pretty good.

It wasn't as soft and cozy as the Alpaca blend I used for my slippers, but it was fine for a bag or home dec item.

I am not sure of the price difference between the two, but the patons has a larger skein 223 yds to lion brand's 150 ish.


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ManMadeKnits's picture

I've used Patons before, too, and it was great for the hats I was making. This lion brand stuff just seems to felt all funky...

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eyedoc's picture

Yes, I have tried felting with Lion Wool and, so far, that has been my only experience with felting and it was NOT a good one! Like you described, some parts felted and some didn't. Otherwise, I really do like Lion Wool for general knitting.


potterdc's picture

Hi Patchwork,

I can think of few things more dissappointing than going through all that work only to not have the piece felt up nicely! Is your yarn 100% wool?

Jonathan in DC

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Think less, enjoy it more.

Gregory Patrick's picture

I agree with Justin. Paton's works up really well for felting. And hey, often it's only about 4-5 a skien, which isn't so bad.

oregonstateguy's picture

Heya Jesterman.

When I made that particular satchel I ended up using the 2.00 wool from and Cascade 220...and as it turns out..the 2.00 yarn felted better than the 12.00 Cascade stuff. And to top it off, they have quite the color range as well at KnitPicks. So I would recommend looking at theirs. :) Happy Knittering!

gk-nitter's picture

I'm all new to this... My friend in Connecticut took me to this place and had some yarn for half of what it cost.... here is the web site. I used this yarn for my clogs and it did great. I mixed the two and they both did fine. Elsebeth Lavold CLASSIC AL, Elsebeth Lavold CHUNKY AL the price per ball is $3.49 from the $7.00 that it listed for.

thanks for a cool place to come and learn some stuff from... new to knitting.

stch's picture

I've used the Lion Brand Wool only once for a small felting project (a coin pouch), on which I'd used felting needles. The result was good, but, a tedious labor. As of yet, I've not tried the washing machine or hand washing (hope this is the correct term for this process) methods for felting.
As for knitting with the Lion Brand wool without felting, it was ok.
I'm in agreement on the Patons Merino Wool. It's provides pleasent results for knitted items, and the few felting projects I've done using this yarn I've been quite pleased with the results (here too I'd used felting needles).

Eikon's picture

Lion brand is a blight on the earth. Was that too strong a statement?

Just avoid the stuff it's gross.

Bill's picture

...when I combine five or six yarns in a scarf...I often use a Lion brand yarn as the base...and add novelty yarns....
I think we should be open to using any yarn...if it works...

drmel94's picture

Did you use the Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool? Since most of their line is heavy on the synthetics or uses superwash wool, that's the only one I can think of offhand that would be a reasonable choice for felting projects. Because it's not been through the superwash process, it should felt okay. That said, I have found that felting in the washing machine (with any yarn) often requires several trips through both washing machine and dryer to get uniformity in the final product.

A hot wash cycle with cold rinse can help, in theory, since the temperature differential helps to promote felting. Washing soda may help even more, since the alkalinity will open up the scales on the wool, which encourages them to interlock - the basic process at work in felting. If you use washing soda, though, you should use a little bit of vinegar in the final rinse to counteract its tendency to coarsen the wool.

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I've used Lion Brand wool for felting, and had no problem with it. What i found with other wools is that felting works best when a 'hands on' process is used. I don't rely on the washing machine to do all the work, which I suspect may be the case.

I use a good detergent, about 1/4 the usual amount, in the washing machine with very hot water. I then allow the item to sit in the water for a few minutes so that it can saturated with water. I hand agitate the piece, making sure to move handles, flaps, etc.

Pull the piece out of the water frequently to monitor the felting (fulling) process, as the effects become visible as the felting process occurs.

Any area that needs more attention is squeezed, squished, and moved in order to felt it more thoroughly. Be wary, a little work goes a long way.

Once the felting is complete, I set the machine to the rinse cycle with hot water, rinse it well, then spin out the water.

Shape the item properly, and then allow it to air dry.

I hope this helps.