Looking for a microwaveable crochet bowl cozy pattern? This easy crochet bowl cozy is a quick design that works up in 1 hour and features handles! Get ready for some hot, comforting winter soup once you make this bowl cozy!
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Can you put a crochet bowl cozy in the microwave?
The answer to this question is up for debate. Some people say you can put cotton bowl cozies in the microwave, while others say not to risk it.
I personally am fine with putting bowl cozies in the microwave so long as they are 100% cotton. You should never put acrylic yarn in the microwave.
The reason some people are iffy about putting even cotton bowl cozies in the microwave is because of the dyes in the yarn. But I never hear this talked about with fabric (sewn) bowl cozies, which are hugely popular.
If this does bother you, it really isn’t hard to simply microwave your soup and then quickly move it to the bowl cozy.
All that to say, either way it is a judgment call on your part!
What Yarn is Microwave Safe?
Now as I mentioned, as for the make-up of yarn itself (not including the dyes) 100% cotton is the best microwave safe-yarn. 100% wool is also okay to put in the microwave, but this is not as good a choice for bowl cozies.
Can I use acrylic yarn for bowl cozy?
No, do not use acrylic yarn to make a bowl cozy. The reason you shouldn’t use acrylic yarn is that it does not hold up to heat well. It can scorch or even melt if it interacts with too high of temperatures!
How much yarn do I need?
To make these bowl cozies, you’ll need less than 1 skein of 100% cotton yarn!
Crochet Bowl Cozy With Handles
This bowl cozy is made in a circular shape until the very end, where we add square handles! I really do think it is necessary for a bowl cozy to have handles. This makes it much easier to handle and transfer from the stove/counter to the table.
While some cozies have more complicated handles, this design makes the handle in just 1 round! Overall, the pattern is super quick and easy to make.
Oh and speaking of transferring food in a bowl cozy, here are some yummy recipes you might want to try along with this pattern! 😉
Microwaveable Crochet Bowl Cozy – Free Pattern
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Explanation: the perfect last minute gift idea: crochet bowl cozies! Made from cotton, these bowl cozies are not only cute, but they can also go in the microwave. And the best part is, they are adjustable for different sized bowls!
- Lily Sugar ‘N Cream (100% Cotton, 380 yds 347 m, 6 oz / 170 g) less than one skein per bowl cozy
- Or any worsted weight 100% cotton yarn
- G/4.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Bowl cozy is worked in continuous rounds; do not join at the end of each round.
- Ch 2 does not count as a dc.
5” bottom diameter, 7” top diameter – but easily adjustable.
Bowl cozy will fit most bowls (esp. in the 5-6” range). If you have smaller or larger bowls, follow the adjusting instructions throughout pattern, or change up your hook size.
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Slip stitch – sl st
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
Repeat – rep
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Round – rnd
1 Hour Crochet Bowl Cozy Instructions:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Do not join.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in ea sc around. (12 sc)
Rnd 3: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (18 sc)
Rnd 4: (Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (24 sc)
Rnd 5: (Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (30 sc)
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (36 sc)
Rnd 7: (Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (42 sc)
Rnd 8: (Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (48 sc)
Rnd 9: (Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (54 sc)
Rnd 10: (Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st) 6 times. (60 sc)
Rnd 11: Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st. (Sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st) 5 times. Sc in last 5 sts. (66 sc)
Adjusting Tip: Here is where you can adjust the finished circumference of the bowl. If your bowl is very small, you can take rounds away. If your bowl is very large, continue the same pattern of increases (add one more sc between each increase until it reaches the right size). Just make sure to end on an ODD NUMBERED round either way.
Rnd 12-15: Sc in each st around. (66)
Adjusting Tip: If you have a taller bowl, add more rounds to the sides here before continuing. For example, on my taller bowl I did 21 rounds total before moving on.
Rnd 16: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 10 sts) 6 times. Sl st to first sc to join. TURN. (72 sc)
Note: if you’ve made any adjustments, just know that your stitch count must be a multiple of 4 in order for Rnd 17 to work out. As long as you ended on an odd numbered row during increases (without making any unique adjustments) you should have no problem.
Rnd 17: Ch 2 (does not count as a st) *(3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next st. Dc in next 17 sts. Rep from * 3 times more. Join with a sl st to first dc. (92 dc, 4 ch-sps)
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Overall, this bowl cozy is pretty straightforward. It starts out by making a large flat circle, then working regular single crochet rounds to make the sides.
But on the last round, we make the handles, and I thought I would include a few photos of this part.
For rnd 17, you’ll start off making a shell—3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc—in the first stitch. Keep in mind that before starting this shell you have to TURN your work. While crocheting this round, you should see the inside of the bowl cozy. This will allow the handles to be facing right side out.
After you turn and make your first shell, you’ll continue in regular double crochet for 17 stitches (second photo shows this started). After that, you have the pattern for the round! Just repeat, shell, 17 single crochet, until you get to the end.
More Questions about crochet bowl cozies
Do I need batting for a crochet bowl cozy?
I have found that the crochet stitches alone are fine, without batting. Sewn bowl cozies often use batting, but regular fabric is thinner than crochet. Note that I would not use a crochet bowl cozy as a potholder. A hot soup bowl shouldn’t be as hot as pan coming from the oven, which is why it is ok to use without batting.
How do I use a crochet bowl cozy?
Use a crochet bowl cozy anytime you have a meal that is served hot in a bowl! Think soups, stews, chilis, pastas, etc. (Check out Ginger Divine for recipes like these!)
How do you measure a bowl for a bowl cozy?
This pattern includes instructions to adjust for different size bowls. So you might be wondering, how do you measure a bowl to make sure you have the right size?
The answer is simple. When you make the flat circle for the base of the bowl cozy, measure it up against the bottom of your chosen bowl. It should be the same size or just a little bit bigger!
Cozy up with a bowl of soup on a cold winter day when you have a crochet bowl cozy! These cozies work up quickly and make wonderful gift for friends and family (or sellers for craft fairs). I hope you enjoy the pattern as much as I loved designing it!