when design*sponge posted the dyi felted nesting felted bowls article a week before last, i was smitten. i put felted bowls on my mental project to-do list right away. buuuuttt… the dyi post mentioned circular needles, which i am scared of and have never learned how to use. and the pattern wasn’t included in the post. poo. that squashed my plans to knit up a storm that night.
but then i decided to try to make a bowl using a hat pattern heather gave me a few years ago. after a couple of modifications and prototypes, i’ve come up with a really easy pattern for a felted bowl for beginning knitters, or those who are scared of circular needles, too!
pattern and instructions after the jump…
i used the same pattern for all three bowls. what makes them different sizes is the weight of the wool and needles used in each. they’re not perfect, but that’s the fun, right? bear with me, i’m not an expert on knitting!
i used the same yarn i’m using for my wrap: cascade yarns’ 100% peruvian highland wool (color 8018), weight: 250 grams/8.75 oz, size 15 needles (us)
left over from a scarf i knitted 2 years ago: lamb’s pride 85% wool/15% mohair (color, m-97 rust), weight: 113 grams/4 oz, size 10-1/2 needles (us)
i found this at the bottom of my yarn basket: skye tweed by classic elite yarns 100% wool (color, 1235), weight: 50 grams, size 7 needles (us)
overall, the cascade yarn felted the best, with the least amount of work. it also didn’t curl like the lamb’s pride did. i did consider buying more of it in different colors just for this post, but decided to try using the other 2 colors that were already in my basket. i’m showing restraint and not overbuying supplies. yay, me!
- cast on 40 stitches
- knit 1 row
- then work in stockinette : knit 1 row, purl the next
- repeat k, p until you have about 2-1/2 to 3 inches
- knit 3, knit 2 together (decrease)
- purl row
- knit 2, knit 2 together
- knit 1, knit 2 together
- bind off
- leave about a 6 inch tail. thread the tail through a yarn needle and pass the needle through the bind off stitches and tighten
- sew up the seam
i felted in my washing machine. i read that heat and agitation are key in felting, so i let my washer fill with hot water, and go into the “wash” cycle. before the washer drains and goes into spin, i’d set it back to wash/agitate. i had to do this quite a few times, and i really felt like i was wasting water/energy. i couldn’t get my little green bowl to felt completely, and i finally gave up because i just couldn’t put my washer through the abuse anymore. i do know that the type of wool yarn you chose can make a difference, but i don’t have much more info than that! if anyone has some great tips on felting, please share!
update! since writing this post, i have felted more bowls with success. anna suggested throwing a few clean/new tennis balls into the wash with the items that need to felt. and i also tossed in an old terry cloth hand towel. now, just one cycle felts my bowls! lamb’s pride bulky felts beautifully, and there are many colors to chose from…