What could possibly be more fun than polka dots? Needle felting is an easy way to add a touch of dottiness to your knitting. I added polka dots to my popular Tea Toters pattern, but you can do it on virtually anything. Smallish polka dots like these won’t interefere with the stretchiness and add a whole bunch of fun to coffee cozies, mitts, and other smallish projects.
Adding needle felted embellishments to your knitting is easy once you know the tricks. First, you must use non-superwash wool yarn to knit the item to be embellished, (like Paton’s Classic Wool). Second, you’ll need wool roving in your desired colors. Third, two basic felting supplies: a felting needle to felt with and a piece of foam to felt on. Finally, my little trick to get a perfect polka dot: a Wilton’s icing tip in the size you’d like your polka dots to be. I used a size 12.
The process is just as you’d expect. Put your icing tip, small side down in the place you want a dot, add a small amount of wool roving and poke away with the felting needle until the roving is felted. The sides of the icing tip act as a sort of guard to keep you from poking your fingers, (as long as you don’t lift that needle too high, that is!)
Don’t get too worried about having perfect placement. Irregularly spacing only adds to the whimsical quality of the finished project.
You’ll find that your dots will adhere to the foam, and when you pull it away, you’ll have fuzzy little polka dots on the inside too!
I dotted a whole fleet of Tea Toters. I’ve been told that they aren’t only great for carrying extra tea bags – they also work great for corralling mini pads, jewelry and other small essentials in your purse.
I also like using up those leftovers and making little goodies for friends.