Wool Vessel by Nick Davis

Wool Vessel

June 2021
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch, worked in the round & unblocked.
US 8 - 5.0 mm
450 - 465 yards (411 - 425 m)
One size, about 6“/15cm high by 9“/23cm diameter.
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This is a bit of a weird departure—it’s a basket/pot/vessel, and instead of being a pure knitting project, it’s knit and then fulled/felted to create a dense fabric which holds its shape.

The result is a rustic tote: earthy, attractive, and relatively sustainable. Baskets from your stash > buying something new and plastic, right?

(I’m seriously pretty stoked about these. I made a second sample because I liked the first. These are a little like the Wool Market Bag; I ended up fulling both of those and now use them to store potatoes. It’s great.)

Use 100% wool, the less processed the better (probably); the samples are shown in Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool in Oak Tweed and Oatmeal. Finishing was achieved by running the finished knit pieces through a front-load washing machine on hot settings. It’s also possible to do this a second time or send the wool through a dryer cycle for a stiffer fabric, though this will make the finished vessel smaller.

-375-465 yards of feltable wool, or one skein of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool, any color. (Samples are in Oatmeal and Oak Tweed.)
-1 set of 5 DPNs and 1 16” circular needle in US7/4.5mm, or size needed for gauge.
-8 removable stitch markers (optional)
-One crochet hook, in size suited to yarn
- Tapestry needle

Gauge of the unfinished fabric is 16 sts and 28 rows over 4”/10cm of garter stitch, worked in the round, unblocked.