One of my resolutions for the year is to bust into my stash and make something every month. Well, I hopped right on that and made something on January 3-—but it's taken me this long to get to the blog!
I was inspired by my need for a felted bowl. I was leading a session on crochet at TNNA (The National Needlearts Association, the big yarn trade show), and felt the need for a bowl to hold yarn and crochet hooks that I passed out to the audience.
I dug around and found yarn leftover from a sock-monkey-inspired stocking I made a few years ago. I found my beloved big Addi glitter hook, held the yarn double, and a couple of hours later, I had this:
My daughter checked it out:
A tad large for a hat, maybe?
Into the washer it went for a felting bath. It dried just in time for me to tote it across the country to Long Beach, and it worked just great for the session.
My brother, who lives in LA, has a fondness for all things midcentury modern. A sock-monkeyish bowl fits that description. So when I met him for dinner before I left, I gave him the bowl
which he promptly put on his head. As you can see, it's now a tad small for a hat.
To get you started on your stash-busting, I'm giving you this free crochet bowl pattern. It really could be a hat, if you do fewer increase rounds and skip the decrease round. Or just use worsted without doubling it. Use whatever colors you find in your stash.
I'd love to see pictures when you're done! Just post them in the gallery.
btw, my husband was kind of sad that I left the bowl in California (yes, he wore it like a hat, too, but I didn't get a picture ...). So I'm planning now to make nested felt bowls, in a variety of colors. I'll just work fewer decreases for the smaller bowls. I may skip the decrease row, so that they nest nicely inside one another. I'll post pictures when they're done!
Monkey Around Bowl /Hat
yarn: Cascade 220,
1 skein 8414 (bright red) (A)
1 skein 8010 (natural) (B)
1 skein 9403 (ecru and tan tweed) (C)
hook: size 9 mm
Note: Work with yarn doubled throughout
With A, Ch 2.
Rnd 1: In second chain from hook, work 6 sc. Do not join. Place marker in first st, and move up each round.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around, changing to B in last sc (18 sc)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around, changing to C in last sc (24 sc)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (36 sc)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (42 sc)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (48 sc)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (54 sc)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (60 sc)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc, rep from * around (66 sc)
Rnd 12-21: sc in each sc around, changing to B in last sc (66 sc)
Rnd 22: sc in each sc around
Rnd 23: *sc in next sc, sc 2tog, rep from *, changing to A in final sc (44 sc)
Rnd 24-36: sc in each sc, sl st in next sc. Fasten off.
Felt bowl: Wash hot with a little detergent with an old towel you don't care much about. Check periodically for size (the bowl will initially get larger, then shrink rather rapidly). Pull out bowl. If it is not felted as much as you like, wash again on hot (note that with crochet, stitches will still be somewhat distinct). When you're happy with it, shape into bowl-ishness. Stuff with plastic bags so bowl holds its shape while it dries.