11.24.2004

Polar Fleece Knitting

As promised, here's the post about polar fleece knitting! I read this recently, and decided I just had to try it.

So...I went to Walmart (even though I HATE it) and bought some polar fleece. Here's the fleece I got:


Polar Fleece 1 Posted by Hello

I cut in into strips (sorry forgot to take a picture of that) then I knitted my first hat ever! And I didn't even use a pattern!!! I used size 15 circs/dpns and made it up as I went.


Polar Fleece Hat (flat) Posted by Hello


Polar Fleece Hat Posted by Hello


Polar Fleece Hat (on) Posted by Hello

Pardon the crappy picture of me :) I bought 1.5 yards of this fleece (plus 1.5 yards of a different fleece, too) and I used less than 1/2 a yard so I have plenty more to make more hats! With size 15 (10 mm) needles, it took between 2-3 hours INCLUDING cutting the fleece. Superfun and easy project, and it makes a really soft, squishy, warm hat!

5 Comments:

Oh wow, that's a really cool idea! Yours looks really, really cool! If I had just come across the other examples, I'd prolly not liek hte whole idea, but yours makes it look really good! Not a bad pic, either. Thoguh, no-one ever really lieks pictures of themselves.
Wish it was winter over here, do I could start on one for myself!
What size needles did you use? Your stitches look juchp bigger than the other one?

By Blogger Ashik0, at 3:35 AM  

I love the way your hat turned out, Kaitlin :) I might have to try this soon. How did you cut the fleece? Do you know of a tutorial? I would love to see!

Thanks! :)

By Blogger Lauren, at 9:36 PM  

Lauren,
To cut the fleece, I started at one edge of the piece and cut a strip probably somewhere around 1/4"-1/2" wide (I didn't measure). I cut until I was about an inch from the other end. Then I stopped and moved over another 1/4"-1/2" and cut back the other way until I was 1" from the other end. Then turned and went back again (So it's like a big zig-zag strip). Then I rounded off the square edges where I'd turned around and rolled it into a fleece strip yarnball. The only trouble I found when knitting was that if you tug on the strip too hard (especially if it's too narrow) it gets really thin and fragile. I got the idea from here although I didn't follow it exactly :) Thanks for stopping by!
~Kaitlin

By Blogger Kaitlin, at 10:53 AM  

what a brilliant idea. looks great!
froggyknits.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:31 PM  

I thought knitting polar fleece was fun too! I made a scarf. Simple, simple. Cast on 12 stitches on size 15 needles, knit (garter) stitch all the way. Cast off when you are down to about 30" of fleece.

I hope things are getting better in your life - happy new year.

Jeri
http://scoobagirl.typepad.com/tangled_threads_and_seawe/

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 PM  

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