Yarn Detective: Felted Tweed

February 17, 2020

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  • what is the pattern name for the blue cardigan (worn with the grey skirt) with the round collar, and can it be purchased online? – I MUST knit it!!!

    • Janis, it is called Olive and is a free pattern on the knitrowan.com website. You will need to register on the site in order to download it.

      • thank you so much! –

        • I have always loved Felted Tweed. Two of my “go to” sweaters were made with FT. One I made for a much larger me. I recently put in the dryer and shrunk it enough to wear it. Still GREAT stitch def and the slight felt of the sweater is gorgeous. Experiment gone well. May do that to more FT sweaters. Thx for the article and hope Rowan never quits producing this amazing yarn.

  • I love FT, but it’s not DK – Ravelry categorises it as a sport weight, and Marie Wallin who has made a lot of jumpers in FT treats it as 4 ply (fingering). What Rowan have essentially done is to make a worsted weight yarn behave as a woollen yarn to a large degree to achieve a contemporary Fair Isle effect. Its forte is colourwork and twisted stitches.

  • For more even stitches, try running your fingers along the beginning and ending strands of the skein. One end will feel more smooth, as if you are running with the nap or “grain”. That’s the one you want to start knitting with.

  • Thank you for this. I’ve been spinning for years and knitting for much longer. This was very informative. In my bucket list is taking one of your classes.

  • What is “draft”, as in “drafted-worsted”?

    • Drafting is the process of adding twist to fiber. Jillian talks about it in a post from last year. There are worsted and woolen drafting processes

  • Another excellent article by Jillian! I didn’t know about Felted Tweed until the Master Class Field Guide came out. Definitely must try it out.

  • I’m with you Jillian, this is one of my FAVORITE yarns for all the reasons you name. Thank you for the article, it’s a keeper.

  • I just finished an Andrea Mowry poncho in FT Aran and just started an oversized vest/tunic by Amy Herzog in FT dk though I knit it at a sport weight gauge. There are a couple more sweaters in this yarn on my ever evolving projects list. It’s a beautiful yarn to knit in any weight and really comes into its own after washing and blocking.

  • I can’t wait to cast on a Love Note in Felted Tweed! Thanks for a great article!

    • Felted tweed for a Love Note – hmmmmm – would never have thought of that myself!

  • I love the colors of Felted Tweed and I love knitting with it. But I find it, even after blocking, too scratchy to wear directly against the skin which limits it for me.

    • I have the same issue. One suggestion has been to steam it under a press cloth to get the alpaca fibers to lay down. I haven’t tried that yet.

  • Another excellent article from the yarn maven! I’m still dreaming about a few of the Rowan sweaters in the photos, all these years later.

  • Favorite line: ‘Please do not be rude and ask if I knit them.’ I am not alone.

    • Believe me, you are not alone.

  • I made a blanket for my son almost 12 years ago out of Felted Tweed. It’s been at the ends of beds and on the backs of sofas for all those years, actually used. And it still looks wonderful. I did line the back, which may have helped with wear, but still. Great yarn! And the colors just look good together which is one of the things Rowan does so well.

    • I knitted a FT blanket at least 20 years ago and it is still going strong. The one hole was caused by a chewy dog and I knitted a FT patch and covered the hole. I love this yarn.

  • I can’t stop looking at the one sweater with the ingenious color block in the Rowan book “sharp contrast”… off to hunting down the pattern (and then to buy some felted tweed in awesome color)…

  • “Misty water-colored memories”, heh heh. Wave the Babs flag there, Jillian!

  • I made a wonderful looking long, drapey sweater from Felted Tweed. I enjoyed the knitting, the sweater looks amazing, but it is scratchy beyond anything. Any suggestions to tame the beast? It has been washed and blocked. Pjknitsufos on Ravelry

    • When I purchased an Icelandic wool sweater in Reykjavik a few years back, the shopkeeper suggested rinsing the sweater (after washing) with hair conditioner. It really helped.

  • Can you please tell me the name of the pattern for the yellowish cardigan, lower left, so pretty

  • Where can I find the pattern for the beige/tan cardigan pictured above? It is slightly fitted and probably uses a cable, but I can’t tell for sure. I’d love to knit it for my beautiful daughter. Thanks.

    • See my reply to the comment just before yours — it sounds like you’re asking about the same sweater?

      It’s not a cable, by the way, but an interesting texture pattern. You can see the stitch pattern more clearly when it’s knit in non-Felted Tweed yarns, such as this beautiful example: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/dbshade/martha

  • Thanks so much for posting this! I recently purchased some Rowan Felted Tweed. I had forgotten about my Rowan magazines and found #26 and #28. I’m in love with the checker board cardigan and have enough yarn to make it. Thanks for reminding me about my magazine collection, so many of the patterns are timeless.

  • What is the pattern for the lace swatch? It is lovely.

  • I am also a great fan of felted tweed but use it mainly for weaving it’s such a brilliant yarn. Also love if mixed with kidsilk haze

  • I swatching FT for a pattern called Baby Branches that wants 24 st/4”. They suggest size 5 needles. It looks like I’m going to need size 2 to get gauge which seems crazy to me but there you have it. The stitches seem like they will be soo tiny…

  • Yep. If I could knit with only one yarn until the end of time, Felted Tweed would be it.

    • Me too! It’s my workhorse, so durable, and can go in the washing machine. A bit itchy next to the skin for me so I wear a t-shirt under my pullovers. Thanks for this article and especially on FT as a gauge shifter.

  • Aaahhh Rowan #28, aka the Best Issue Ever! I knitted China, the cardigan in the top right corner and My current WIP from MDK is using ancient leftovers from this and other Felted Fleece projects. Thank you for this excellent article. I have noticed that my finished cardigan has a slight tendency to wrinkle and that it is happier stored on a padded hanger, probably because the viscose blend yields a very lightweight garment.

  • BOY. This is really great. I am learning something new. Thank you

  • I have been wondering, if the wool is ‘lightly felted’, how do they make it into a machine washable yarn? I started using it for hats made with Field Guide #13 color patterns, followed by a cowl, a log cabin baby blanket, and now a garter stripe shawl (WIP). I love it!

  • My favorite yarn getting through COVID. My goal is to do every pattern in Field Guide 13. I’m well on my way with a couple pillows finished and working on the shawl/blanket now. I’m totally I love