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Felted Bulletin Board

Alterknits
Knitting
September 2005
Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi) ?
14 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch (St st) using circ needle, before felting
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
1250 yards (1143 m)

Pattern description from Alterknits: “I hang bulletin boards all over the walls of my studio so I can post sketches, color palettes, and inspirational images and words on them. Rather than editing the postings on existing boards when I run out of space, I prefer to add more boards. One day, tired of the traditional cork bulletin boards offered at office supply stores, I decided to make a felted version and suspend it from a bamboo pole. To keep postings in place, I use ordinary straight pins or T-pins. Thumbtacks will work but aren’t as secure. If you don’t want to prepare the bamboo pole as given in this pattern, substitute any other type of pole that will fit through the ribbon loops.”

Finished Measurements: 30” x 60” before felting; 23.25” x 40.5” after felting

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair; 125 yards/4 ounces): 3 skeins each in 3 colors and 1 skein in border color (D). Shown in #M89 roasted coffee (A), #M125 garnet (B), #M145 spice (C), #M42 twilight green (D).

Needles:

  • One 40” circular (circ) needle size US. 10.5 (6.5 mm).
  • Two double-pointed needles (dpn) size US 9 (5.5 mm)
  • Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: 1.5 yards 1/2”-wide fabric ribbon, 5 buttons (optional), thread, 4” diameter bamboo pole, cut to 46.5” or desired length, heavy-gauge sandpaper, fine-gauge sandpaper, small can mahogany wood stain.