Back in September (geez, that seems like such a long time ago!), I spotted a felted flower hotpad at a friend's place and thought that I could make one of those myself! So I found a pattern online for a flower hand towel and went to work. My experience with felting is quite limited, but luckily I didn't have to worry too much about felting the fabric to a specific size.
I liked the first one so much that I just kept on making more of them! My tally is five so far, three of which are shown here.
Here below you can see the before and after shot - it's amazing how much it felted! To get an even shape and surface, I stretched the freshly-felted fabric (say that five times fast) , then ironed it with a tea-towel over it.
Pattern: Flower Power Hand Towel (Ravelry link)
Designer: Rebecca Mercier (Ravelry link)
Source: Whimsical Knitting Designs
Link: Direct link to free pattern here
Needles: 6mm bamboo circular and double-pointed needles
- Ella Rae Classic
- 100% wool
- 100gr = 200m
- each hotpad weighs approximatley 65 grams after felting
I gave the blue hotpad to my mother-in-law and the green ones to my own mother and soon-to-be-official sister-in-law. Then I made another one for a friend and a fifth one for me!