A year ago I was felting like crazy, crafting mostly oven mitts but also different sizes of bowls. I was asked for instructions for these nesting bowls from a woman a couple of months ago and so I wrote them up for all the enjoy. The bowls make sweet little candy holders for this time of year.
If you haven’t tried felting before, this is a wonderful easy way to start. You will soon become addicted.
For the bowls pictured, I used Lion Wool and size 10 dpn (double pointed needles) (or 10.5 or 11…whatever big dpns you have on hand) (*but* if you’re going to go out and buy some, get size 10).
Make sure that whatever yarn you are using is 100% WOOL!
Approximate Finished measurements (diameter across top):
INSTRUCTIONS FOR Felted Nesting Bowls:
Orange (Large) – cast on 72, knit 30 rows
Purple (Medium) – co 63, knit 25 rows
Yellow (Small) – co 54, knit 20 rows
Pink (X-small) – co 45, knit 15 rows
Decrease (bottom of bowl) for all sizes:
Round 1: [K2 tog, knit 7] continue around
Round 2: [K2 tog, knit 6] continue around
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: [K2 tog, knit 5] continue around
Round 5: [K2 tog, knit 5] continue around (this helps flatten the bowl’s bottom
Round 6: [K2 tog, knit 4] continue around
Round 7: Knit
Round 8: [K2 tog, knit 3] continue around
Round 9: [K2 tog, knit 3] continue around
Round 10: [K2 tog, knit 2] continue around
Round 11: [K2 tog, knit 2] continue around
Round 12: [K2 tog, knit 1] continue around
Cut yarn and with needle thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Felt as normal. I recommend a top loading machine, hot water, pair of old jeans for agitation and mesh bags to hold bowls.
Please let me know if you find any errors in this pattern. I’m a neophyte pattern writer and I welcome your feedback.