Tips and Tricks — techniques

Crochet: American and British crochet terms

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You would think that English speaking countries all use the same crochet terms, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Generally speaking, UK and Australian patterns use the same crochet terms but some terms in American patterns are slightly different. To make matters worse, there are a few terms that are the same but mean different things! So it is important to make sure you know which terms your pattern uses. One clear give-away is the use of the term "single crochet", which only exists in American crochet terminology. So if you encounter the term "single crochet", make sure you...

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Trouble-shooting machine felting

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We sell a great selection of felting yarns that are ideal for felting in the washing machine, but not all washing machines work equally well for this purpose. Sometimes you need to adjust the felting process to make it work in YOUR machine. 

Our felted slippers are quick to knit up with size 8mm needles. The felting then happens in the washing machine in a full cycle at 60 degrees Celsius

You need to use standard washing powder (not wool wash) and run a full standard or cotton cycle (NOT woollens/minimum iron or delicates cycle). It is important NOT to use any water saving settings, as the slippers have to SWIM IN WATER for this to work. Machine felting works really well in most machines, but sometimes a second or even third washing cycle may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.

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