Monday, January 25, 2010

Felted Bowl...A Place to Hold Your Stuff

Knit a cool little bowl to keep your little things together. Make a few to display!

one skein of Caron Felt-It, 93 yards (I used color 003, Wildflowers) or any comparable 100 percent wool yarn
one pair size 11 circular needles, with 24-inch cord
crochet hook or tapestry needle
washing machine or sink for felting

Fifteen stitches and 16 rows equals four inches in stockinette stitch. Gauge is not critical, but you'll want to get somewhere close.
Finished size:
Before felting is 6 inches by 8 inches for the base of the bowl and 8 inches for the sides of the bowl. After felting, the diameter of the base is about 5.5 inches and the sides of the bowl are 5.5 inches.

Cast on 24 stitches.
Work flat in stockinette stitch for 32 rows.
After you knit the 32nd row, begin to pick up and knit one stitch for every other row of the sides and one stitch for every other stitch along the bottom of the piece, for a total of 68 stitches.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Add a stitch marker before the last stitch to mark the end of the row.
Knit every row in the round until the piece measures 8 inches from the picked-up stitches.
Bind off. Trim any excess yarn and weave in ends.
Felt using your washing machine or by hand until piece is desired size.

Project Tips:
If you want to make and felt a gauge swatch before knitting this project, you will likely need just a little more than a skein of yarn, or you will end up with a slightly shallower bowl, which is perfectly fine.
I felted this project in my washing machine on the lowest water setting and the highest temperature setting. It took about 10 minutes to complete the felting process.

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