Mini Felted Bowls Tutorial

felt·ing 
n.
1. The practice or process of making felt.
2. The materials from which felt is made.
3. Felted fabric.


Last winter I started crocheting again for the first time in years.  My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was 14.  I have made my share of baby blankets and was bored with those, until I found  out how to make these Felted Crochet bowls.  They are easy to make with a simple crochet pattern, which I posted below, please scroll to bottom.  I have also posted the method for felting the bowl once it has been crocheted.  


Felting occurs when wool is exposed to soap and hot water.  The fibers begin to interlock and shrink, forming a solid piece of felt.  


 I use the hand felting method.  I simply fill my sink with very hot water, put on rubber gloves, and add some dish detergent to the water. I fill my other sink with cold water and a few ice cubes.   Drop the bowl into the water and squish, rub, agitate, beat up, smash and crush the bowl until the felting begins to occur.  You will know it's happening when the fibers begin to mesh together and the stitches start to disappear.  Occasionally dunk the bowl into the cold water to shock the wool, and then return it to the warm water.    








Pattern for a simple felted bowl. 

Work a 6 chain and join to form a ring

Round 1 : make 2 ch (counts as 1 dc) and 11 dcs into the center and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain

Round 2: make 3 chain (counts as one htr) (make 2htr into the next stitch and 1 htr into the following stitch) repeat to the end, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd loop of the 3 chain

Round 3: make 2ch (counts as 1 dc), dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain

Repeat rounds 2 & 3 another 3 times or less if you want a smaller bowl.

Round 9: make 2ch (counts as 1 dc), dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain

Round 10: make 3 chain (counts as one htr) (make 2htr into the next stitch and 1 htr into the next 3 stitches) repeat to the end, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd loop of the 3 chain

Round 11: make 2ch (counts as 1 dc), dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain

Round 12: make 3 chain (counts as one htr) (make 2 htr into the next stitch and 1 htr into the next 4 stitches) repeat to the end, join with a slip stitch into the 3rd loop

Round 13: make 2ch (counts as 1 dc), dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain

To start the sides:

Round 1: dc into the back loop of each dc

Round 2: make 2ch (counts as 1 dc), dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain

Round 3: make 3ch (counts as 1 htr), dc into each stitch and join with a slip stitch into the 3rd loop of the 3 chain

Repeat rounds 2 &3 another 3 times– or more of less depending on the size you want

Next round: make 2ch (counts as 1 dc), (dc in the next 5 stitches, dc 2 together) repeat to the end and join with a slip stitch into the 2nd loop of the 2 chain.

To finish simply dc around all stitches and bind off.

 Sew in ends. 


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