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How to make a diy yarn bowl – crochet pattern and tutorial

Owning a yarn bowl is always useful! I know most of us think that there are just another pretty addition to our addiction, but let me tell you otherwise. If you were ever crocheting on your couch and you had your yarn rolling around the house, only to collect dust, guess what. There is actually a way to stop that from happening. Yarn bowls!

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Make a yarn bowl out of stuff you already have in your house. Free crochet pattern and tutorial to customize your own yarn bowl. #yarnbowl #freecrochetpattern #crochettutorial

There are so many options out there and omg, are they pretty! From wooden to ceramic to plastic, the choices are endless. Some of them are cheap but some can be very pricey.

Today, I am going to show you an easy way to make your own yarn bowl with materials you probably already have in your house. Even if you don’t have them, it only takes a trip to your local hardware store.

The rope I used is about 1,2 cm in circumference and I had some soft mercerized cotton from another project. It is not really important what yarn and rope you are going to use, as long as you like the outcome. You could use acrylic or wool. This project can be considered a great stash buster.

The only thing I would recommend not to use is thinner cotton rope on rope. I have tried and it really hurts your hands trying to crochet such a strong material on another strong material. Don’t try this at home, people.

Crochet pattern yarn bowl, diy

I am sharing below the exact instructions I used to make my yarn bowl, but this is mostly a tutorial. Feel free to adjust the measurements to your liking and make your own unique, customizable, yarn bowl.

You will need:

Rope (about 10 m)
Cotton yarn (about 50 gr)
3.5 mm crochet hook
yarn needle
stitch marker


R: round
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
sk: skip

Dimensions: 6.5 inches (16 cm) in diameter and 3.5 inches (9 cm) in height.

Diy yarn bowl tutorial

The pattern is worked in a spiral. Do not join the rounds. You could use the technique I describe in this blog post on how to make a perfect crochet circle. Although, I have found that the rope evens out the result. It’s up to you.

Yarn bowl tutorial

Start by making a slip knot on your crochet hook. Hold the rope and the working yarn with your left hand and place the working yarn under the rope.

Yarn over and pull through. This is the way to attach the yarn on the rope.

Go under the rope, yarn over and pull the yarn in front of the rope. Yarn over and pull through. This is your first sc. Remember to grab the short end of the yarn between the rope and inside the single crochet stitches. This will come in handy in the end of the first round.

Make 8 sc. Push with your fingers to form a circle. This is where the short end of yarn is useful. If you pull it, it helps you bring the ends close together.

Place the hook inside the first sc stitch as you would normally do and under the rope. You will continue making the sc’s this way (by including the rope inside) and following the pattern below.

This is the end of the second round. Don’t forget to add the stitch marker as we are working in a spiral. I continued increasing the stitches until my flat circle was about 6.5 inches (16 cm) wide. Feel free to make it as big as you like.

Yarn bowl crochet pattern

R1: 8 sc (8)
R2: 2 sc in each st around (16)
R3: * sc, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (24)
R4: * sc 2, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (32)
R5: * sc 3, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (40)
R6: * sc 4, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (48)
R7: * sc 5, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (56)
R8: * sc 6, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (64)
R9: * sc 7, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (72)
R10: * sc 8, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (80)
R11: * sc 9, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (88)
R12: * sc 10, 2 sc * repeat from * to * around (96)
R13-23: sc in each st around (96)
R24: sc 12, only around the rope sc 10, sk 3 st(s), sc 4, only around the rope sc 8, sk 2 st(s), sc 26, cut the rope close to the last sc, sc 2 more st(s), sl st, fasten off.

Cut yarn and weave in the ends. You are done!

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Easy diy tutorial for a yarn bowl using everyday items that we all carry in our homes. Free crochet yarn bowl pattern. #yarnbowl #crochettutorial #diyyarnbowl

You have just created your own customizable yarn bowl. Congrats! Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @malloo.knitwear and use the #malloomakers to show off your new project.

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Tuesday 4th of June 2024

Is there a particular thickness of rope that you recommend for this bowl?


Monday 15th of July 2024

I can only give you the circumference of the yarn (1,2 cm) which is the only info I had when I bought my rope. It looks like a bulky or super bulky yarn, if that's more helpful for you. ;-)


Saturday 11th of September 2021

Hey, cool pattern! Quick, question, do I have to use the rope? If i don’t use it will it affect the finished sizes? Or does it affect the whole pattern itself? Thanks!


Thursday 30th of September 2021

@Grace, It's not absolutely rigid, but a double strand of a dense 6 weight acrylic yarn and I believe I used a 9mm hook made a sturdy, but pliable basket/bowl.


Saturday 11th of September 2021

The rope gives its shape and it is sturdier. You may try with thicker yarn instead of rope but you will get a different result.


Friday 19th of March 2021

This looks great. Thanks for making. 1 question tho. Can I substitute something else for rope?


Tuesday 6th of April 2021

You can try to use 2-3 strands of worsted yarn but your basket won't be so sturdy, I think.


Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Thank you for sharing this, its brilliant!

Vanessa Teixeira

Friday 26th of June 2020

Hi, would you be able to tell me what type of rope you used? Thank u


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Just regular cotton rope that is sold by the meter. No more info, sorry...

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