I’m knitting the Booga with Plymouth Boku–I’ve never felted before, but my understanding is that it shrinks in the process. The bag is about the size now, pre-felt, that I wanted it to be after felting. If I double the dimensions, is it going to be crazy big?? :?? Or can I just let it shrink and then block it back out to pre-felted size… :?
are you knitting to the specified gauge in the pattern? the intention for most felted items is a pretty good amount of shrinkage, usually around 20 to 30% row-wise and 5 to 10% stitch-wise. (my experience, nothing statistical there.) however, for items that are to be really thick and tight, sometimes a tighter unfelted gauge is called for. a felted swatch is really your best bet if you have the yarn to spare, but keep in mind that felting is an art and not a science. how stretchy is your WIP at this point?
I have been making bags to felt
and I have been impressed by how much Row height I loose (over 50%)
I have not been loosing nearly as much stitch width (about 20%)
but I M having fun with prefelt shape and then seeing what everything looks like after I felt it (soon)
There isn’t a gauge listed…but probably not, because I’m usually a little on the tighter side. But it did finally occur to me to make a gauge swatch anyway and felt it. Now I know how much it shrinks, and I’ve started over, a good 15% bigger.