DIY Yarn Bowl Tutorial Pattern

So I've been going through my yarn stash and realizing I have a bunch of little balls of yarn that I've wound up from remnants. I wanted to use up these remnants, but I just hate when they roll around my desk or work area. So, I decided to do something about it.

I always buy my yarn by the skein and of course pull the end from the inside of the skein so it unravels fairly easily. What I don't like is when you get about halfway through the skein and it gets floppy and doesn't sit well anymore, so I tend to hand roll them into balls at that point.

I've always wanted a yarn bowl to use for these, but unfortunately I just can't afford to buy one right now, and I figured why not try to DIY my own!? I knew crocheting a bowl from yarn would prove problematic when the yarn starts to pill. There was no way that the yarn would pass through any opening easily if the bowl was made from yarn. Thinking of what else I could make this bowl out of, plarn hit me (plastic yarn) and it was perfect. :D

Luckily I always hold on to my grocery bags, so I set out and cut up about 10 bags or so using this tutorial I found. I still have enough plarn to make another bowl, which I might do. The plarn isn't all that sturdy, so I used some of my paracord I had lying around to help stabilize it. You can use any kind of rope, or maybe even try a chunky yarn instead of the paracord. This post contains affiliate links to help you find what you need easily.

Here's what I did!

Plarn Bowl

Materials Used:
• plastic store bags cut and assembled into yarn
white paracord or braided rope
G crochet hook or desired size, doesn't matter
• scissors to cut plarn and cut at the end of project
• lighter to finish off ends of paracord (optional)

Note: I crocheted the plarn around the paracord in the round, so it's all in one piece and the paracord is continuous. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round. 

Make a magic ring/magic loop and pull up a loop in the center and chain 1.
Rnd 1: sc 8 into the magic loop around your cord

Rnd 2: (working in the round) sc inc in each stitch around (16 sts)

Rnd 3: (sc 1, inc) around (24 sts)

Rnd 4: (sc 2, inc) around (32 sts)

Rnd 5: (sc 3, inc) around (40 sts)

Rnd 6: (sc 4, inc) around (48 sts)

Rnd 7: (sc 5, inc) around (56 sts)

Rnd 8: (sc 6, inc) around (64 sts)

Rnd 9: back post sc in each stitch around
Note: You may notice that the upper half of the bowl is wide instead of straight up, which I didn't like. Pull the cord through each row to tighten your bowl as desired. 

Rnd 10-15: sc around (64 sts)

Rnd 16: ch 4, skip next 4 sts, sc in remaining 60 sts (60 sts)
Note: Keep your cord across the chain opening, you'll cut that out later.

Rnd 17: 4 sc in ch 4 space, work 28 more sc, cut and seal cord, slst in next 5 sts, fasten off
Note: Yes you are finishing off at the back.

You could work as many rows as you like. Now you can cut the edges of the cord left in the opening. I just pulled them out a bit and cut and sealed them with my lighter and then stretched my crochet back over the cord. Do this on both edges.

There you have it! A yarn bowl that will allow your yarn ball to sit still and not get tangled on anything! Hope you enjoy!

What do you use for your balls of yarn?

TERMS :: You may sell whatever you make with my pattern, but please link back to my blog. Please DO NOT alter my pattern and repost it in any way, claiming it as your own.

Happy crocheting!
Chassity O.


  1. Brilliant idea! I was floored when I saw the prices of a yarn bowl, and I ball up my yard at the beginning, so I'd need a bigger bowl. Do you think this would work with t-shirt yarn, too?
    Thanks for sharing this and your other great patterns!

    1. You could certainly try it!? I found this plastic bowl was good because it allowed the ball to freely roll around. It does need some extra weight to it though!