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16 Fun and Felted Knit Patterns

These patterns were made to be felted!

By: Megan Noone, Editor, AllFreeKnitting.com
Fun and Felted Knit Patterns

If you've ever accidentally put a wool sweater into the washing machine, you know exactly what a felted knit pattern looks like--like all your beautiful knits have melted into a heap of wool-smelling color. Felting is the process of irritating the wool fibers so that they tangle together to create a softer and less porous textile. Some people take advantage of this in order to make their wool yarn softer, others because they just like the look of a seamless felted design. If you're one of those in the latter category, then this is the collection for you! 

If you've never purposely felted your work before then you can visit this tutorial, How to Hand Felt Knit Projects, to get started. There's also this lovely knit felting tutorial that shows you how to felt your projects purposefully using your washer and dryer, a technique I have personally used to experiment with what projects look the best felted. Though, when in doubt, usually the best looking felted knits are the ones that were meant to be. Which is why we've compiled a list of seventeen beautiful felted knit patterns that you can try out for yourself. No worries if you're not a fan of the felted look--as felting is usually the last step in the pattern, these projects will still look just as good with their untouched stitches.

What are you waiting for? Grab some knitting needles and a bottle of dish soap and let's get started. 

Felted Bags

Felted bags are super easy to make and look really cute with any outfit. The felting process makes the bag sturdier and more resistant to tears and runs (a project can't run if there aren't any visible stitches). With a variety of totes, hipsters, and backpacks to choose from, you're sure to find a felted bag to suit your style. 

Felted Home Decor

There's something attractive and homey about a nicely-felted piece of decoration. Add an attractive pop of color to your table with a felted knit platter, perfect for holding easily bruised fruit. Or you could switch out the rougher pillows on your couch with a felted pillow pattern and smooth to the touch. With patterns this easy and eye-catching, there's no way you can go wrong.

Felted to Handle the Heat

Here is where felting your knit projects becomes practical. As stated above, felted materials are less porous, which means they work better at protecting your hands from super hot pots, pans, and handle-free mugs. A felted oven mitt will give you the homemade soft feel you desire while keeping the bare skin of your fingers away from hot metal and ceramic. 

BONUS

Ever wanted to create a sturdy knit toy for your dog or cat to play with? Worried that your precious stitches will come undone under the paws and teeth of your furry friends? Felting fixes all that! Below is a small felted toy ball project that'll last your pet a lifetime and give you a sense of pride for making your best friend something they'll enjoy! 

What was your first felted project - whether purposeful or accidental?

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