Skip to Content

How to Make a Needle Knit Bowl Cozy

How to Make a Needle Knit Bowl Cozy

Inside: Learn to needle knit a bowl cozy with this free pattern including written instructions for 2 sizes and tutorial videos demonstrating the project.

The knit Bowl Cozy is perfect for protecting your hands. 

If you’ve been to any craft fairs lately, you’ve seen quilted bowl cozies. I figured it was time to knit one up. Make all the things out of yarn!

They are great for microwaving a steaming hot bowl of soup that you can pick right up.  But did you know you can use it for cold foods, too? It keeps your hands from freezing while enjoying a bowl of ice cream.  They also make handy snack bowls. Line it with a paper napkin and put in a handful of chips or popcorn for family movie night.

Because this is such a quick project to knit, it makes an ideal gift for wedding showers, housewarmings or chili cook off prizes. (Hey, I’m a Texas gal!)

needle knit bowl cozy

This design uses 4 triangles worked in garter stitch and shaped with increases and decreases. Then you seam the triangles using a 3 needle bind off. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry! I’ve got a complete tutorial video for you to walk you through each step.

Pattern contains written instructions for 2 sizes and links to fully-captioned tutorial videos showing the entire project for both right and left handed knitters.

Needle Knit Bowl Cozy

By Kristen Mangus

A downloadable PDF of this pattern is available in my Etsy store or from Ravelry at the links below:


(Materials list may contain affiliate links to products I used to make this project. Using these links cost you nothing, but helps support GKK.) 

#4 medium weight yarn
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (186 yds./3.5 oz. (170 m / 100g) in colors Silver (148) and Mint (172) used in samples.

US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles.
Knitter’s Pride Mindful circular needle used in sample.

Tapestry needle
5 Stitch markers – 1 to place on needles, 4 locking markers to mark right side of each triangle 

Approx. = Approximately
K = Knit
K2tog = Knit 2 together
Kfb = Knit in the  and back of the stitch
Rem = Remain(ing)
Rep = Repeat
RS = Right Side
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Ssk = Slip slip knit

New to knitting? I’ve got a How to Knit Beginner Video Series to teach you ALL the basics.

10 sts x 20 rows in 2” in garter stitch


Small: 6.5” x 6.5” x 1.5” tall 
Large: 7” x 7” x 2” tall


This cozy is made by knitting 4 garter stitch triangles that are shaped with increases and decreases.  These triangles are then seamed together using the 3 needle bind off method.  If you prefer, you may use a whip stitch to seam the triangles.


Triangles: (MAKE 4)

Cast on 3 sts.

Foundation Row: Knit 3. 

Row 1: Kfb, k to end of row. 

Repeat Row 1 until you have 32 (38) sts.

Before beginning the next row (RS), count 16 (19) sts [halfway] and place a marker. Also mark RS of knitting with locking stitch marker. 

Row 2 (RS): Kfb, K to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker, ssk, k to end of row.
Row 3: Kfb, k to end of row. 

Rep Rows 2-3  twice. 

Bind off loosely.  

NOTE:  On 2 triangles leave a 1.5-2 yard tail for seaming. All other tails should be woven in before seaming.

Make 4 total. 


Place the triangles RS up on table in front of you with bottom points toward the center and side edges lined up.  (Your pieces should resemble a 4-leaf clover.  See image below.)

needle knit bowl cozy seaming
Bowl Cozy Seaming

Use long yarn tails to make 2 seams along side edges using the 3 needle bind off method.  Weave in remaining tails.


Needle Knit Bowl Cozy Tutorial Videos

Select videos are available to GoodKnit Kisses YouTube members only.  To get exclusive access to GKK VIP-only content, free PDF patterns, weekly Zoom meetup and more, sign in to YouTube and join as a VIP Member today! Find out more about GKK Membership HERE!

Right handed

Left handed