Swatch A

Skein 9
Construction Technique
4-ply yarn, knit (garter stitch) then heavily fulled and steam pressed.

Suggested Use
Yardage for a sewn vest. This yarn produces a soft felt that retains some of the elasticity of the original knitted fabric.


Maximum 54 points

Examiner 1: 54
Examiner 2: 48

Examiner 1 liked this but Examiner 2 thought it was overpressed and "flattened the character of the yarn." I experimented with different surface finishes, the hard press was a design choice. It gave me a fabric that looks traditional at first glance but has interesting properties when you examine it closely. It's hard to tell from the photo, but it in person it looks a lot like a smooth, heavy coat fabric. But it's still elastic and when you hold it up to the light you can see spaces between the stitches even if the knitting itself is almost totally obscured. Felted fabrics typically shrink in length and width, but in this case the thick garter stitch got flat instead.