Thanks to Steph for this Frugal Baby Tip!
1. The fiber content must be 100% "animal", with no man-made (acrylic,
etc.) or cellulose (cotton or rayon) fiber.
2. You must felt first, then cut into pieces. If you cut first, the washing machine will probably fray the pieces into little bits! However, once a piece of knitting is felted firmly, it doesn't ravel.
3. Easiest felting (much easier than by hand with a washboard!) is in top-loading washing machine, HOT wash, COLD rinse, with water level as low as you can get away with. Throw in a towel or two for friction against the knitted items (makes it felt faster). May need to go through a couple of times - keep an eye on it during wash cycle. A friend of mine who has a neat front-loading washer can't get her stuff to knit; it's too gentle on the fabric!
4. If possible, use soap (Ivory flakes, or shave off a bar of Ivory, etc.), rather than laundry detergent. I've heard that washing soda (I know Arm & Hammer makes one) also works - can't confirm.
5. Be very *careful* with different colors. A red sweater put in the
washer with a white sweater may turn the white sweater PINK. (Although
that could be a "look" you're going for!) But, some combinations can get
quite muddy looking.
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