A Little Gift

As the weather cools off, the mind wanders toward crafts to do by the fire…or at least mine does. 🙂  My mother-in-law’s birthday was in July and I made her a felted pincushion, I thought some of you might like to make one this fall.  They would make perfect Christmas/Birthday gifts and knit up quite quickly.

  Materials needed:  Size 10 knitting needles, and worsted weight wool yarn.  You could use anything that felts nicely.  To start, cast on 24-30 stitches, (an even number).   Knit 1, and then Slip 1 as to purl, continue across stitches.  Continue pattern until piece measures 30-35 inches.

Fold in half width wise, roll up and sew through all layers with tail to keep round shape.


Place in a zippered pillow case or mesh laundry bag.  Set your washing machine to the hottest wash, longest time and smallest size load.  Use a small amount of soap and wash your pincushion.  It is best to check it every 5-10 minutes and not let your washer drain or spin during the felting process, so make sure you keep an eye and an ear on the machine and reset it when it starts to drain. Just stop the machine and turn the dial back around so it begins to agitate again.  You can pull the bag out with tongs to unzip and check on the felting.  It should look smooth and the stitches should not be obvious.  The longer you repeat this process the more felted the piece will become, only continue this until you are satisfied with how it looks.  When you decide the felting is finished, let the machine drain and turn it off. Rinse the piece with cool water and wring it out gently. Place it on a thick towel and let it dry.


Now you can move onto the really fun part, designing the top.  🙂  You will need small amounts of colored roving and felting needles.  There are a few videos online that you can watch on how to needle felt, or you might be able to get someone at a yarn shop to show you how it’s done.  Once you have the basics down you can do lots of experimenting on your own and come up with many fun ideas.

Do you have any fun fall projects started?

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About Erin Phelan

Born and raised in western Michigan, Erin came to Polyface first as an intern in the summer of 2009. While here she met and got to know Grady Phelan, an apprentice at the time. The next spring they were married and after a couple years in Oklahoma they are back, working as sub-contractors for Polyface. Erin keeps herself busy with the jobs of a wife and mother, as well as helping with the animals, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, knitting and reading.

4 Responses to A Little Gift

  1. Cyndi Lewis says:

    You just reminded me that ontop of the myriad of other responsibilites that need to be juggled, I need to start thinking about Christmas gifts. I prefer to make them. I love the felted pincushion but I do not knit. I quilt, sew, glue gun etc. I can’t wait to sit by the fire and create in the evenings!

  2. Erin Phelan says:

    Yes, the Christmas season will be here before we know it, I also need to get started on gifts 🙂

  3. Wow, Erin, this is really cool! I need to try this 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  4. Leilani says:

    What a cool project! I too need to get going on Christmas gifts.