I am trying to make a felted cowboy hat for a monkey I made a few months ago. Following the directions in Alterknits felt by Leigh Radford, I made 2 swatches, marked off a 4" square on each and felted one to compare to the other. My final measurements on the felted swatch are 3 3/8" width and 2 3/4" for height. Originally they were each 4". So the yarn shrinks approximatly 16% width wise and 32% height wise. Here's where I am running into trouble, my math skills - well they're basically non-existent. I know I need a 14" finished circumference for it to fit its head. I'd like the finished brim to be about 1 -1/2" and the finished crown to be 3-1/2" but need a bit extra so I can create a center crease down the middle of it. I know how to figure a pattern if I didn't felt it, but can't for the life of me figure it out factoring in the felting and amount I need for the shrinkage. Can anyone help me please?
I am using Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool. Gauge is 4sts per inch, 5.25 rows per inch, size 10 (6.00mm) needles.
I love all of them Wendy..you are the Felt-Mistress :)