Felted Lopi Bowls
These felted bowls turn soft, loosely spun Navajo-Churro lopi into thick and sturdy bowls for use in the home. Hinterland’s woolen-spun Watershed yarn is a natural fiber enthusiast’s delight, with a delightful sheepy smell and a rich palette of natural hues. The wool was grown in Washington State here in the U.S., and spun at a Canadian mill for Hinterland.
Worked in the round, these bowls are knit at a very open gauge and will be felted once the knitting is finished. A slightly 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.
The bowls 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 foundation that’s as solid as it is pleasing to knit.
I highly recommend using Hinterland Watershed because it felts up so beautifully. Watershed is loosely spun, and its soft airiness aids it in felting into a very firm and dense fabric. If you’d like to substitute another yarn, please be sure to use a yarn that isn’t plied, and that will felt when washed (not a superwash yarn).
The pattern is written for two different sizes.
Small: 2” tall, 3” diameter
Large: 3” tall, 6” diameter
24 yards (Small), 88 yards (Large)
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 Watershed will make both sizes (sample shown in Ash)
• One 16” circular needle, size US 15 / 10mm
• One 40” circular needle, size US 15 / 10mm for magic loop (or another small-circumference knitting method)
• One stitch marker
• A tapestry needle
For more information, view on Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/felted-lopi-bowls