Please pardon the questions from someone who has no exposure to the world of machine knitting. But, I have a rather odd question and thought it wise to check the viablility of the idea before I put much time or money into it.
My need is to make fake fur for both puppets and costumes. I currently volunteer at a local community theater that is getting ready for an upcoming production of Dr. Doolittle.
I am wondering if I can make a fake-fur like fabric by using a knitting machine and some of the very fuzzy yarn. I am referring to yarns like the LIon brand Eyelash Yarn. I have also seen similar yarns called “Faux Fur”.
My motivation to create this type of fabric, is that stretch fur is very good at conforming to shapes, and so we need fewer seams. But, it is often difficult to find stretchy fur. I had hoped that a knit version created by using a very fuzzy type of yarn would be a good substitute. It should also permit more air circulation when we are using it on a costume.
I am concerned that this type of yarn will not work in a knitting machine. I also have not seen any knitting machines that have the very large gauge that we would want. I wonder if it is possible to get a standard gauge one, and simply remove every other needle?
I have looked to see if there are any fuzzy yarns that are actually elastic, but have not seen anything like this. Perhaps it would be viable to actually include elastic in the knitting, by simply adding elastic thread along side the fuzzy yarn?
I appreciate any thoughts on this idea.