Decorating & Design

December 10, 2010

DIY Felt Bowl

Try this easy project at home this weekend!

Photo DIY Felt Bowl

These instructions are for the small, dark grey bowl above.


9mm straight needles, 1 yarn needle, one 50 g ball of 100% wool yarn

Gauge: 10 x 10 cm (4″ x 4″) = 14sts x 15 rows

Step 1:

Cast on 35 stitches.

Step 2:

Work 15 rows in stockinette stitch (work will measure approx. 5″ long).

Step 3:

Decreasing rows:

Row 1 — K5, K2tog (repeat to end of row)

Row 2 — Purl

Row 3 — K4, K2tog (repeat to end of row)

Row 4 — Purl

Row 5 — K3, K2tog (repeat to end of row)

Row 6 — Purl

Row 7 — K2, K2tog (repeat to end of row)

Row 8 — Purl

Row 9 — K1, K2tog (repeat to end of row)

Row 10 — Purl

Row 11 — K2tog (repeat to end of row)

Step 4:

You will have 5 stitches remaining.

Step 5:

Measure about 10″ of yarn from your last stitch and cut. Thread yarn needle with the yarn. Pull the knitting needle out of the last 5 stitches, then send the yarn needle through the 4 stitch loops.

Step 6:

Fold the finished bowl, which will resemble a knitted hat, so the right sides are facing in.

Step 7:

Sew the two edges together with the same needle and yarn from the top of the “hat” down to the bottom edge.

Step 8:

Tie a secure knot when you reach the bottom edge.

Step 9:

Turn the finished bowl right side out.

Step 10:

Place bowl in a wash bag and run it through a regular laundry cycle in hot soapy water. Toss it in with other items, which will intensify the agitation and help felt the wool.

Step 11:

Mould the damp felted wool over an upside down bowl or cup and let it dry overnight. It will take the shape of whatever is used.

Fill the bowl with seasonal fruit, jewelry, office supplies, or leave empty as an objet.

Photo DIY Felt Bowl Fruit

Wood canisters, Cynthia Findlay Antiques; wool (for bowls), Romni Wools.

Author: Kimberley Brown

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