I am so happy to welcome Katie from Duo Fiberworks. Katie is drawn to knitting and felting especially and regularly posts free little patterns for knitted toys and gifts on her blog.
I visited a weaving, knitting and spinning shop for the first time recently and some Fingerwolle from Schoppel Wolle caught my eye. This variegated pencil roving is soft Merino wool and good for spinning and felting but I thought it would be fun to try to knit with this fine, colorful roving.
Knitting with the roving does take some care, but it’s not difficult.
Tips to help you knit with and felt with pencil roving:
– Gently pull out the roving from the skein so you have a bunch of loose roving that you can work with. The only time I broke my “yarn” was when I wasn’t paying attention and started tugging on the piece to advance the working yarn.
– If you do break the yarn, just overlap several inches and knit with them held together for a few stitches.
– Tug the ends to pull off extra roving after weaving in your ends, don’t cut them, this will help them felt invisibly into the piece.
– The piece seems fragile when you begin felting. Work it gently at first. I used a potato masher for a few minutes then began working it with my hands.
It’s fun to knit with something new and I have lots of ideas for this inspiring new-to-me “yarn.” I was down to one potholder in my kitchen, and it was a stained holey mess, but have been holding off on buying new ones because I figured it would be a good DIY project. As soon as I began swatching the chunky roving, I knew it was destined to become a felted potholder.
I think the spring-like colors add a fresh note to my winter kitchen. If you have some worsted weight yarn around, you can make two potholders, with one knit from solid roving and one with roving edging. The edging takes about 10 yards, so you could make 4 potholders with one skein of the roving if you use it for edging only.
Download the PDF pattern for a knitted Felted Roving Potholder.