Yurt Shirt

A Warm Felt Jacket for Cold Days Outdoors

I was in need of a warm sweater-like garment for those cold days outdoors walking the dogs, climbing the mountain behind the house, wildcrafting, or just hanging out beside the fire.

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My Mum had sent me a big piece of knitted fabric, felted in the washing machine, so that was the starting point.  I ordered some sleeves and a neck piece to make a shawl collar, and got creative.

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I designed the collar to be a wrap over shawl collar, to keep the neck warm.  Being felt, there was no need to serge the edges, so it's all sewed together with blanket stitch.

There is no front closure, it just pulls over the head, so make sure you'll want to wear it for a while.

I wore this for so many years I wore it out.  The seams started coming apart, long before the rest of it. In this picture you can see that the side seam is coming apart, but it served its purpose well. 

Many happy days were made even better by being warm, even while being outside by the fire, essentially winter camping!

If you decide to make a cozy outdoor sweater for days by the bonfire aging metal or doing other homestead types of things (making biochar, for instance) this is a good option for staying warm and yet not overheating.

Wool and other natural fibers, such as alpaca and angora, have properties in common, such as the ability to stay warm even when wet, a benefit in showery weather or in foggy climates, and also to dry quickly.

The animals that originally wore the wool seemed to like it, and thrive in their habitats, varied though they are.

Felting is simply the process of washing the fabric made by weaving or knitting, then shocking it under controlled conditions, such as immersing it in hot then cold water.  Be prepared for some interesting changes!

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