Calculator: Stitch Counts for Felt Shrinkage
The project in the picture is knit but you can see the stitches pretty much disappear as the yarn expands and contracts into a felted project. If you are a knitter, it’s called the Felted Shopping Bag.
Getting the right stitch counts for the bag prior to shrinkage is a science all to itself. When crocheting or knitting with 100% wool, the project is huge but after it’s felted, WOW! Talk about shrinkage.
I’ve created an iPad Cover in the past but it was my second attempt as I didn’t expect the project to shrink as much as it did.
The bag prior to felting was 13″ wide which was 48 sts across. Which is approximately 3.3 sts / inch. Upon felting, it shrunk, leaving the project 8″ across which is approximately 6 sts / inch. It’s a 47% shrinkage to a project.
The back prior to felting was 3 was 16″ high. Which is approximately 3.5 rows / inch. Upon shrinkage, leaving the project 9.5″ tall which is approximately 6 rows per inch. It’s a 40% shrinkage to a project.
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