Felted Lopi Bowls by Kerry Robb

Felted Lopi Bowls

April 2016
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
2.5 stitches and 3 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette
US 15 - 10.0 mm
24 - 88 yards (22 - 80 m)
Small, Large
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Inspired by the yarn itself, these felted bowls turn soft, loosely spun Navajo-Churro lopi into thick and sturdy bowls for use in the home. Hinterland’s woolen-spun Cabin yarn is a natural fiber enthusiast’s delight, with a delightful sheepy smell and a rich palette of natural gray tones. The wool was grown in Washington State here in the US, and spun at a Canadian mill for Hinterland.

Knit in the round, these bowls are knit at a very open gauge and will be felted once the knitting is finished. A slight curved lip at the top of each bowl helps to solidify the final shape, drawing the felted fabric upward and inward to add strength and create an attractive rim.

Each of the three bowl sizes are knit from the top down, beginning with the top edge of the bowl. The base of each bowl is worked using symmetrical decreases, resulting in a base that’s as solid as it is pleasing to knit.

I highly recommend using Hinterland Cabin, because it felts up so beautifully. Cabin is loosely spun, and its soft airiness aids it in felting into a very firm and dense fabric.

The pattern is written for two different sizes, small and large.

Small: The small bowl is the perfect size to hold coins, acorns, childrens’ treasures and other small items. The small bowl’s rim is slightly curved inward, giving it a nice silhouette while ensuring its contents stay put. This bowl is about 2” in height 3” in diameter, and will take around 24 yards of a bulky single yarn.

Large: The large bowl measures approximately 3” in height and 6” in diameter. Its sides are mildly curved inward, mimicking the shape of a ceramic bowl. It’s just the right size for holding your wallet and keys on your entry table, or a handful of lemons on your countertop. The large bowl will take around 88 yards of a bulky single yarn.

Note: Felting is a highly variable process. Some yarns will felt more firmly than others, and the finished size depends entirely on how long the item is felted, and how well the yarn used will lock into place with its surrounding fibers.

Tools & Supplies
• 1 skein of Hinterland Cabin (will make both sizes)
• One 16” circular needle, size US 15 / 10mm
• One 40” circular needle, size US 15 / 10mm for magic loop (any preferred method for small-circumference knitting is also fine)
• One stitch marker
• A tapestry needle

This pattern contains written instructions only.