Quick Crochet Bowl Cozy

Quick, yarn stash busting, super handy bowl cozy – seriously the most used crochet item in our house! I mean think about how many times you have served a bowl of chili or warmed it up in the microwave and…Ouch! It is just too hot to handle.

Every time I reached for a pot holder to put under the bowl, I thought I need to make a bowl cozy. I mean, Why not? We made them for coffee cups. Why should the mugs get all the love? Well I finally did it and since it uses two strands of worsted weight or your favorite medium weight yarn it works up super quick in only nine rounds! It can’t get better than that.

Not all bowls are made the same so I created two variations of the pattern. One for a taller bowl that I call a soup bowl and one for a wider bowl that I am calling a cereal bowl. Exact measurements are below.

Crochet bowl cozy craft fair tag

Now if are a newsletter subscriber you will know that I love to make printables. They are available to newsletter subscribers only, but you can get them too by subscribing below. For this pattern I made an insert and tag that can be used when gifting the bowl cozies or selling at a craft fair. You may also like my Printable Crochet Daily Planner.

I have a new version of this pattern! Check out the new Plaid Bowl Cozy!

Not only will this cozy use up some of your extra yarn hanging around, but it makes a wonderful house warming gift, wedding gift, or any occasion gift for the soup lovers in you life. Once you get the hang of this pattern you can whip a crochet bowl cozy up in as little as 10 to 15 minutes.

Pattern Updated September 2019! This pattern has been so popular that I decided to give it a face lift and create a video tutorial for it. I also decided to expand the pattern so that the cozy can be altered to fit a soup bowl (taller bowl) or a cereal bowl (wider bowl). The pattern has also been altered so that it is a little more beginner friendly.

Since the pattern is now worked in the round using Half Double Crochets, it is common that your seam will be slanted. Watch the video to see how to avoid this.

Is it Microwavable?

I am sure you can imagine, I have been asked several times, ‘Is this cozy Microwavable’. The short answer is no. But let give you my reasons I say no.

Reason 1: I make this bowl cozy with scarp yarn that is mostly acrylic. Acrylic can not stand high temperatures and will eventually melt. If you want a more heat resistant yarn use cotton.

Reason 2: I do not know if the dye in the yarn is safe to microwave. It could react oddly or give off a fume. Until a company tells me that yarn is safe to microwave, I have to recommend against it.

Reason 3: So I have to confess I have microwaved my cozy, but I have only done it twice. After a few minutes in the microwave the bowl came out hot and the cozy was uncomfortably warm. Warmer then I was comfortable setting on my lap as I watched TV and ate a late night snack. I had to switch to a new cozy, completely defeating the purpose.

Just my two cents on the matter, but if you are gifting or selling this item I recommend making a similar recommendation to the person receiving the item for liability reasons. This is why the printable tags say ‘Do Not Microwave’.

Ok that is that, let’s make a crochet bowl cozy.

Crochet Bowl Cozy Materials

Red Heart Super Saver or Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie – medium weight yarn (1.5 oz or 43g) – You will be working with two strands at a time!
Clover Amour Crochet Hook, Size M/N/9.0mm
Needle or smaller hook to weave in ends
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Stitches and Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain
Slst – Slip Stitch
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
MC – Magic Circle (Learn my way of making on here.)

Gauge and Finished Size

Gauge – 4 Hdc = 2″ and 5 rows = 3″
Finished Size
Cereal Bowl – 3″ tall and 7″ wide
Soup Bowl – 3.25″ tall and 6″ wide

Make a quick and easy crochet bowl cozy with this free crochet pattern by Winding Road Crochet. #crochetcozy #cozy #bowlcozy

Video Tutorial

Crochet Bowl Cozy Pattern

-I do not count my Ch2 as a Stitch.
– You will work the whole project in one direction. Watch the video to see how to do this and have a straight seam or just turn at the end of the row to keep your seam straight.
– Rows 1-6 are worked the same for both bowl sizes. Then you will work the specified rows to complete your bowl.
– The Soup bowl is the taller bowl and the cereal bowl is the wider bowl pictured.

For Both Bowl Cozies

Working with two strands of worsted weight yarn.

Round 1: Work 9 Hdc into a Magic Circle, SlSt to the first Hdc. (9 sts)

Round 2:  Ch2, Work 2 Hdc into each St around. SlSt to first Hdc. (18 sts)

Round 3: Ch2 , *Hdc into next St, 2 Hdc into next St* repeat from *to* a total of 9 times. SlSt to first Hdc. (27 sts)

Round 4: Ch2, *Hdc into the next 8 Sts, 2 Hdc into next Tt* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. Slst to first Hdc. (30 sts)

Round 5: Ch2, *Hdc into the next 9 Sts, 2 Hdc into next Tt* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times.  Slst to first Hdc.(33 sts)

Round 6: Ch2 , *Hdc into the next 10 Sts, 2 Hdc into next St* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. Slst to first Hdc. (36 sts)

If is where the pattern changes based on what size bowl cozy you are making. Look for the heading that indicated the size you want to finish the last 3 rounds.

Finish Soup Bowl Cozy

Round 7: Ch2, Hdc into next 36 Sts. (36)

In my examples I changed my yarn at the end of Round 7 to an accent color.

Round 8-9: Ch2, Hdc into next 36 Sts. (36) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Your Soup Bowl Cozy is complete.

Finish Cereal Bowl Cozy

Round 7: Ch2 , *Hdc into the next 11 Sts, 2 Hdc into next St* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. Slst to first Hdc. (39 sts)

In my examples I changed my yarn at the end of Round 7 to an accent color.

Round 8: Ch2 , *Hdc into the next 12 Sts, 2 Hdc into next St* repeat from *to* a total of 3 times. Slst to first Hdc. (42 sts)

Round 9: Ch2, Hdc into next 42 Sts. (42) Fasten off and weave in ends.

Your Cereal Bowl Cozy is complete.

Let me know how you like this pattern. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will try and help the best I can. If you decide to make some bowl cozies of your own, I would LOVE to see a photo! If you share it on social media be sure to tag me @windingroadcrochet or #windingroadcrochet.

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  1. Cami

    April 3, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Hi! Maybe I misunderstood, but do these bowls go in the microwave? And how have they held up? You used regular yarn not cotton, right?

    1. Lindsey

      April 5, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      I used worsted weight yarn and I have used them in the microwave with no ill affects. I would imagine cotton would be microwavable but I would test it first.

  2. Mary

    April 3, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    On the bowl cozies can you use them in the microwave?

    1. Lindsey

      April 5, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      I can say for sure if they can be, but I can say my cozies are made from 100% acyrlic worsted weight yarn and I have used them in the microwave and have seen no problems with them.

  3. Peggy Faber

    April 4, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    What is a magic circle?

    1. Lindsey

      April 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      When you make your slip knot on your hook, leave a long tail. Then wrap that tail into a circle and crochet around two threads. You can find many tutorials on how to make a magic circle for crochet online. I have not written a tutorial for it yet.

  4. Courtney

    April 14, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Cute. I will make one for my hope chest.

    1. Lindsey

      April 15, 2018 at 2:02 am

      So glad to hear it!

  5. Ruth

    May 19, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Why turn the work when it’s circular?

    1. Lindsey

      May 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      I have always turned my work, but it is not necessary.

  6. Bettie Jane Crandall

    May 23, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you nice pattern

  7. Lin Buckley

    September 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I crochet my bowls in cotton I did not know you could make them in acyrlic. Thank you For the informationkn.

    1. Lindsey

      September 24, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      I use acrylic because I have tons of it. I have used them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes with no problems but I do prefer to microwave the bowl then put the cozy on. That way they cozy doesn’t get warm.

  8. Ruth

    December 7, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    If you expose acrylic to too much heat it can melt and you could get a burn from it. I also wonder about the affect of the acrylic being heated causing it to release harmful chemicals which you might then inhale. Personally I’d use cotton but we all have our preferendes

    1. Lindsey

      December 8, 2018 at 2:17 am

      Ruth I do agree. I do not recommend heating the bowl cozy. Have I done it, yes once or twice but it is a best practice to not microwave it. I someone wants to make this and microwave it then cotton would be a better choice. Though personally I still wouldn’t microwave because the microwave will still heat up the yarn defeating the purpose of the cozy to protect your hands from the heat.

  9. Miranda Cunningham

    February 4, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    ? I have a 5.75 hook. Won’t be able to get to the store for a while. Any chance I can make do with it?

    1. Lindsey

      February 5, 2019 at 2:55 am

      They do stretch a bit, but I think you will still need a larger hook.

  10. Tammie Kline

    March 20, 2019 at 2:59 am

    What size bowl did you make this for??? I didn’t even do all of the rounds and I have to rip some rows out!!

    1. Lindsey

      March 20, 2019 at 3:23 am

      The bowl is about3 inches tall and 7 inches circumference. It is what I would call a cereal bowl, shorter and wider vs the soup bowls that as taller. It is easy to adapt though.

  11. Debbie Yackanicz

    September 14, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I would only use cotton.

    1. Lindsey

      September 15, 2019 at 2:46 am

      That is a wonderful choice. I would agree that if you gift this or sell it I highly recommend using cotton. But since I just make them for my home I tend to use whatever scraps I have.

  12. Joni Ritt

    September 15, 2019 at 3:54 am

    Would you use 2 strands with the cotton yarn for these bowl cozies?

    1. Lindsey

      September 15, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      Yes you use two strands or worsted weight yarn to crochet these bowl cozies.

  13. Evalena Duncan

    November 1, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Excellent patterns and demo.

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