In this video, Brenda K. B. Anderson walks us through how to crochet and felt the Felted Bowl Trio project. This is a free pattern download on the website. Brenda explains that the yarn used for this project must be felt-able. This means that it must be a wool, alpaca, or other animal fiber that is not a superwash yarn. She also warns us to steer clear of white fibers as these are often do not felt well.
Brenda uses an L (8mm) hook — a size that is larger than normal for the worsted weight yarn she is using. She demonstrates how to crochet the smallest bowl of the set, beginning with an adjustable loop, and working single crochet in the round. She shows us how to work increases and to use a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of rounds, and how to decrease.
Brenda also demonstrates changing to a contrast color for the top edge of the bowl. After finishing her bowl, Brenda talks about the felting process. She explains that agitation, water temperature and length of time will all affect how quickly your project will felt. Brenda uses a pillowcase to protect her projects while they are being washed along with a pair of old jeans and/or an old towel. She shows us a few bowl samples in various states of the felting process so that we can better understand when the project has been felted sufficiently.
Blocking (shaping) your project before allowing it to dry is very important- Brenda shows us how to shape the bowls with her hands. At the end of the video, Brenda demonstrates how to add strands of yarn with a felting pen for decoration. This project is easy to crochet, and it does not need to become a specific size when finished, making it the perfect project for beginners!