I rarely have issues using a new skein of yarn, but when I work with small balls of yarn, I feel like I spend more time chasing runaway yarn than actually crocheting. And during the stash busting challenge, my goal is to put all those little bits to good use, so I need something to help maintain sanity. The ideal solution? A yarn bowl! There are some really lovely yarn bowls out there...but they aren't exactly in my price range at the moment. So, I decided to pull out my trusty crochet motto: when in doubt, make it yourself!
In order to make the bowl stiff enough to hold its shape, I decided to crochet around jute rope. Don't be intimidated if you've never tried crocheting around rope before; it's easier than it sounds and it opens up all sorts of crochet possibilities. And this pattern doesn't take much yarn at all, so it's a great way to get in on the #stashbusting2016 party!
I decided to make my yarn bowl just slightly bigger than some of the most popular yarn bowls available for sale (mine is about 6-1/2" in diameter and 3-1/2" tall). It's the perfect size for sitting in my lap while I crochet. But you can easily customize this pattern to make it wider, taller, or jumbo-sized if that's what you're after. And feel free to use multiple colors. I think this bowl would be adorable with some colored stripes. Have fun with it and make it 100% yours!
st(s) = stitch(es)
ss = slip stitch
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
inc = 2 sc in the same st
reverse sc = reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
Note: The bowl is worked without turning the piece to help keep the stitches more uniform in appearance.
I prefer to begin working with yarn only.
Round 1: Make a magic circle and work 6 sc into the magic circle. Ss to join. (6)
At this point, I chose to introduce the jute. From here until the last round, all crochet stitches are worked over the jute (similar to crocheting over yarn tails).
Round 2: ch 1, inc around, ss to join (12)
Round 3: ch 1, [sc, inc] around, ss to join (18)
Round 4: ch 1, sc, [inc, sc in the next 2 sts] 5 times, inc, sc, ss to join (24)
Round 5: ch 1, [sc in the next 3 sts, inc] around, ss to join (30)
Round 6: ch 1, sc in the next 2 sts, [inc, sc in the next 4 sts] 5 times, inc, sc in the next 2 sts, ss to join (36)
Round 7: ch 1, [sc in the next 5 sts, inc] around, ss to join (42)
Round 8: ch 1, sc in the next 3 sts, [inc, sc in the next 6 sts] 5 times, inc, sc in the next 3 sts, ss to join (48)
Round 9: ch 1, [sc in the next 7 sts, inc] around, ss to join (54)
Round 10: ch 1, sc in the next 4 sts, [inc, sc in the next 8 sts] 5 times, inc, sc in the next 4 sts, ss to join (60)
Round 11: ch 1, [sc in the next 9 sts, inc] around, ss to join (66)
Round 12: ch 1, sc in the next 5 sts, [inc, sc in the next 10 sts] 5 times, inc, sc in the next 5 sts, ss to join (72)
Round 13: ch 1, [sc in the next 11 sts, inc] around, ss to join (78)
You can continue increasing in the same pattern if you want a larger basket, but I chose to start building the sides at this point
Rounds 14-15: ch 1, sc in each st around, ss to join (78)
Round 16: ch 1, sc in each st around; about halfway through the round, lift the jute rope off the previous round and work 5 sc around it. Skip the next 5 sts of the previous round and then resume sc-ing in each remaining st of the round; ss to join (78)
Round 17: ch 1, sc in each st around, ss to join (78)
If you want a taller bowl, you can continue in the same manner. At this point, I chose to cut off the jute and create a border using only the yarn.
Round 18: ch 1, reverse sc in each st around, ss to join (78).
Fasten off. Weave in yarn tails using tapestry needle.
I hope you enjoy this yarn bowl pattern. If you make your own, I'd love to see it! There are so many fun possibilities for personalizing this piece and it would make my day to see yours. If you have any questions or comments you can find me in the comment section below or on social media. Happy hooking!
***You're welcome to do whatever you'd like to with finished products made from this pattern but if you do sell them, I ask that you link back to my page. You may not copy this pattern, repost it anywhere (either altered or in its original form), or claim it as your own. You may not use any photos on this site for your own use. ***
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