STEP 1: Find four or five 100 percent wool sweaters. Thrift stores are often treasure troves of pullover sweaters; these cost about $2 each. Washing them in hot water and then machine drying shrinks, tightens, and “felts” the wool, making it thicker and virtually fray-free when cut. Choose sweaters that have no acrylic or nylon in them, as synthetic fibers will prevent the wool from felting. Large or extra-large sweaters are best so there’s still plenty of material left after they shrink.
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