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Quick & Easy Microwave Bowl Cozy Crochet Pattern

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This quick and easy microwave bowl cozy crochet pattern is just that: quick and easy! At just twelve rows total, you’ll be finished crocheting and enjoying your microwaved bowl of soup, chili, or hot cereal in no time – and in style – all while protecting your hands from the searing heat of the bowl.

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Microwave Bowl Cozy Crochet Pattern

We’ve all been there… you heat up a bowl of chili, or soup, or other yummy leftovers from the night before, and the bowl is so hot you can hardly stand to touch it. You search for a dishcloth or a towel to scoop it up and cradle while you eat, but what if we had a crochet pattern specifically for this situation? Now we do, and with a VIDEO tutorial, too! 🔥

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This is the seventh installment of our 2021 Household Crochet Series. If you love this pattern, I know you’ll love the rest of the series as well!

Chances are you’ll be washing your cozy frequently. This microwave bowl cozy crochet pattern was designed with the understanding that after you wash and dry your cozy it will shrink up and the stitches will become a bit tighter.

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Because of this, after you finish your cozy you may notice that the circumference is a bit too large. That’s a good thing! We’d hate for it to be too small, and as you use and wash your cozy, it will tighten up and should fit most bowls with a diameter of ~6″ perfectly.

To double up on the thickness and provide further protection (and to make it work up so much faster) we are using two strands of Dishie cotton at once. You can even mix and match your colors if you decide to make a whole set. Here I have the Azure colorway, the Silver colorway, and a mix of the two!

It is also important to note that while we are using 100% cotton yarn to crochet our microwave cozy, I do not recommend placing the cozy inside the microwave. Rather place the hot bowl inside the cozy after the microwave has heated the food.

If you do microwave the cozy itself, the yarn will become very hot to the touch – which defeats the purpose of the pattern entirely. If you plan to gift or to sell these I would also share this information with the recipient – either by placing it in the wording on the sales tag or verbally.

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There is a NEWLY added video tutorial below!

Grab the ad-free, printable version of this pattern on Ravelry, Etsy, or right here in the Heart Hook Home Blog Shop. Thank you!

Materials:

Dishie cotton yarn (approx. 130 yards used total)
*65 yards of each color if mixing

Crochet hook in size I/5.5mm

Stitch marker

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written in US terms.

The entire cozy is worked in the round with no joining.

Use a stitch marker to mark the 1st stitch of each round.

Corner = (hdc, ch-2, hdc) in indicated stitch

Add this pattern to your Ravelry queue here.

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Pattern:

Using 2 strands of yarn held together…

Round 1: Magic Circle. Sc, 7hdc. Do NOT join, work in a spiral for entire pattern. (8)

Round 2: 2hdc in each st around. (16)

Round 3: * 2hdc in next st, hdc in next st * repeat between * * around (24)

Round 4: * 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts * repeat between * *  around (32)

Round 5: * 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 3 sts * repeat between * * around (40)

Round 6: * 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 4 sts * repeat between * * around (48)

Rounds 7 & 8: Hdc in each st around (48)

*if making for taller bowls, add two more solid hdc rounds (as the previous two rounds).

Round 9: (Hdc, ch-2, hdc) in next st (corner made), * hdc in next 11 sts, corner in next st * repeat between * * 2 more times. Hdc in remaining 11 sts. (60)

Round 10: Hdc in next stitch, corner in ch-sp, * hdc in next 13 sts, corner in next ch-sp * repeat between * * 2 more times. Hdc in remaining 12 sts. (68)

Round 11: Hdc in next 2 sts, corner in ch-sp, * hdc in next 15 sts, corner in next ch-sp * repeat between * * 2 more times. Hdc in remaining 13 sts. (76)

Round 12: Hdc in next 3 sts, corner in ch-sp, * hdc in next 17 sts, corner in next ch-sp * repeat between ** 2 more times. Hdc in remaining 14 sts. (84)

To finish: sc in next st, slip stitch in each st to corner. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Crochet Microwave Bowl Cozy Video Tutorial:

If you would rather watch this video on YouTube, you can find it on my channel here. Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there! 😉

 

This is such a quick and fun project! Which colors of Dishie cotton will you use to make yours? Share a photo with me in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook or by tagging @HeartHookHome across all social media.

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60 Comments

  1. I just made a few of these as gifts & it’s such a great pattern. Directions are easy to follow & they turned out so cute. Thank you for sharing.
  2. I did enjoy the longer video format but I did find myself scrolling through some areas quickly. So if you did time markers for different stitch changes that would at least reduce the time you would spend on editing. Thank you Ashlea, this was a great pattern.
  3. Round 12: Hdc in next 3 sts, corner in ch-sp, * hdc in next 17 sts, corner in next ch-sp * repeat between ** 2 more times. Hdc in remaining 14 sts. (84) The hdc in remaining 14 sts and sc next sts is shy 2 sts compared to the other 3 sides that have 17 hdc.
    1. Hi Sandy! That round starts with 3 hdc before the 1st corner and by ending the round with 14 sts completes that side giving it 17 sts like the other 3 sides.
  4. Unfortunately here in Vancouver BC Canada, 100% cotton yarn is almost impossible to find. I used the Caron Cotton Cakes, blend of cotton and polyester. Great for saving the burn on your hands while having a bowl of soup infront of the TV. Great pattern, thank you
  5. Oh dear. Mine turned out FLAT! How did this happen? I have read and re-read the instructions. What did I do wrong?
    1. Hi Sharon! Oh no! Not sure what happened, but if you would like more detailed help, please email sarah@hearthookhome.com and she can try to help figure this out for you! If you can send photos of what you did, that can be a great help =)
  6. Thank you for this pattern, it’s exactly what I was looking for! I also wanted to check, is it okay if I sell any cozies I make using this pattern in my Etsy shop? I can credit you and link to this post in the item description as well. If not, that’s okay! Just wanted to know if that was allowed!
    1. You can absolutely sell what you make from my patterns...I just ask that you credit Heart Hook Home for the pattern and use your own photos =)
  7. Please help me with the corners. I understand Round 9 but my count got off from yours so I am not sure how to handle Round 10 at the corners created in R 9. I am a beginner! Thank you!
    1. Hi Ann! I would check that you are going into the actual 1st stitch after the finishing a corner in the chain space from below...it is easy for that 1st stitch that you work into after that corner to "get lost" under the corner stitches just made. If you would like, you could send a photo of what you have to sarah@hearthookhome.com and I can take a look and see what exactly is going on for you.
      1. Thanks! I started the whole thing over and had much better success. My corners aren’t perfect but my final product fits my soup bowl.
  8. Fantastic posting! Pretty useful and properly written. You lined The subject in fantastic element and provided fantastic illustrations to again up your points. This article will be an awesome useful resource for those seeking to learn more in regards to the subject matter. Many thanks for the great perform!
  9. I agree. If you count the ch 2, the count wouldn't increase every row, right? Unless you work them somehow?
  10. Can I use an acrylic yarn as long I don't microwave it and only use it to hold bowl after I take it out of the microwave?
  11. I'm new to crochet so please bare with me but I'm not understanding on row 12, HDC then... corner in chain space? Please explain as I'm making this as a gift and want to get it right. I don't understand corner in chain space?
    1. Hi Jessica! In the pattern notes it tells you that a corner = (hdc, ch-2, hdc) in the indicated stitch/space...so whenever the pattern says to "corner in ___stitch or space", then you will do (hdc, ch-2, hdc) all in that one stitch or space. Does that help?
      1. Hi, I think I have the same question as the person who posted the comment -- not how to do the corner stitch but where the pattern is indicating to do it? Is it in the space made by the previous corner under the two chains?
          1. I am confused too. You just hdc, ch2, hdc in that space but then do you work those chains in the next row?
    1. Hi Becky! This pattern is worked in the round...so you start with a sc, and 7hdc in a magic circle.
        1. Hi Colleen! It is a method to start a project in the round. I have a tutorial here: https://hearthookhome.com/make-magic-circle-crocheting-round/
  12. I'm curious on rows 7 & 8 the stitch count is 48. But on row 9 the count is 60. Are the corners supposed to be (2 HDC ch 2 2 HDC)? That would make the stitch for the row correct. Thanks so much
  13. I'm curious as if you can use something other than Dishie or Sugar & Cream? As long as it's a 100% cotton it should be ok right? Or do you use it so that it's rigid?
  14. My sisters are ice-cream-aholics…. They live bowl cozies to keep their fingers warm… especially at night watching TV…
  15. Hello, Are you supposed to slipstitch between rows? Or just keep going around without slipstiches? Thank you, Shivani
  16. I have both crocheted and sewn cozies that I’ve been using for years. I put both in the microwave, I haven’t had any problems. I do only put them in for short periods of time and watch them! I crocheted my own using Lilly’s sugar and cream, doubled. I’m in process of making this version, and like the way it’s shaping up! Thank you.
  17. I'm not understanding the sides, do you have a video? You are so talented thank you for sharing your talent and time with us. ❤
    1. Hi Vera! I am sorry, but I do not have a video for this pattern...but if you would like to send an email to support@hearthookhome.com we can try to get it explained better for you. =)
  18. Is there a pdf format of the pattern I could print? My vision isn't great and its just easier for me to see printed out.
    1. Hi Susan! I do have this pattern available as an printable pdf for a small fee here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/microwave-bowl-cozy-5
  19. I can't get the sides to stand up, they just droop over. The only way I could was by running a single thread around the third row and cinching it tighter. I'm using two strands of Dishie cotton to crochet it. Please help. I really like the looks of these if I could just get it right.
  20. The time is more important that the fact the yarn is 100% cotton. Heating something for 2-4 minutes is probably safe. You accidentally hit 20 minutes instead of 2, there’s going to be a fire in your oven. Cotton will burn, depending on the length of time. If you want to try it, light a match and see how quickly it will burn. The reason we use 100% cotton for these projects is that any yarn, thread, or fabric with polyester or nylon in it will melt almost immediately.
    1. And I use my cozies most often when I’m serving soups, stews, and chilis made in the crockpot, stockpot, it Dutch oven.
  21. I agree, I have had cotton scorch (100% cotton sewn with 100 cotton thread) in my microwave, lucky I didn't have a fire. I read somewhere that if there isn't enough moisture in the microwave that this can happen, not sure if it is true, but now I proceed with caution. Wool is less flammable than cotton and is a better bet to use in the microwave as long as it is 100% animal fiber.
    1. I place a small container of water in the microwave to keep keep food moist when I heat them. Maybe it would be safer to do this if using a cotton cozy.
  22. I have used sugar and spice cotton, 100% cotton and just like the sewn ones can go into the micro wave. But it has to be 100% cotton.
  23. THANK YOU THANK YOU. WE SO NEEDED THESE. i AM ALWAYS AFRAID TO PASS SERVING DISHES WITH THE HEAT IN THEM. YOU HAVE SAVED TONS OF BURNS TONIGHT. GOD BLESS YOU.
  24. I love the idea of these bowls but not being able to put them in the microwave defeats the purpose of them I have a cotton one that is sewn and I use it all the time. I find the bowls are to hot to get out of the microwave without it. Is there no material we can crochet with that can stay cool in the microwave?
    1. 100% cotton yarn should be fine to put in the microwave...I have put my cotton cozies in for years with no issues. I've noticed a few designers put in that disclaimer...I think just to cover themselves so they are not held liable in the event something ever happened.
        1. I agree, I have had cotton scorch (100% cotton sewn with 100 cotton thread) in my microwave, lucky I didn't have a fire. I read somewhere that if there isn't enough moisture in the microwave that this can happen, not sure if it is true, but now definitely enough for me to proceed with caution.