Trinket bowls

Trinket bowls

These trinket bowls are quick to crochet and make great gifts.

trinket bowls

These easy trinket bowls can be crocheted up in an afternoon and are inexpensive to make with plain kitchen string. Add any trim to suit your decor. We stiffened them using cornstarch.

You will need

  • Regular kitchen string
  • 4.5mm crochet hook
  • DK cotton for trim

To make

Using regular kitchen string and a 4.5mm crochet hook, make 7ch, join with a Alternatively, make a magic loop with 7dc and close with a


1st round: ch1, 2dc into each chain, to join – 14sts
2nd round: ch1, *2dc into next st, 1dc into next st, rep from * to end of round 5 times more, to join – 21sts
3rd round: ch1, *1dc into each of next 2sts, 2dc into next st, rep from * to end of round 6 times more, to join – 28sts
4th round: ch1, *2dc into next st, 1dc into next 3sts, rep from * to end of round 5 times more, to join – 35sts
5th round: ch1, *1dc into each of next 4sts, 2dc into next st, rep from * to end of round 6 times more, to join 42sts
6th round: ch1, dc into just the back loop of each dc, to join.
7th round: ch1, dc into both loops of each dc, to join. Repeat 7th round 5 times more.
13th round: Change to a contrasting DK cotton colour for your trim. Ch1, dc all around, join to starting ch with a
14th round: Ch1, 1dc all around. Bind off and sew in loose threads.


An alternative crochet in the round method, this one changes the position of the increases to produce a truer circle shape.


To shape these bowls we covered glass jars of the same size in plastic wrap and placed the jars on a tray, upside down. We fitted the bowls over the jars and painted on the cornflour and water mixture (see below) and let them dry in the sun. This ensures an even size and shape.

Trinket bowls stack

Stiffening crochet work

You can stiffen crochet using commercial fabric stiffener (KV Art Materials makes a great one) or you can use one of these homemade options:

Cornflour and water: mix together 250ml water and 60ml cornflour in a small saucepan and bring to the boil while stirring. The mixture will resemble a milky glue. You can submerge items in it, and squeeze off the excess, or you can paint it onto your items.
PVA glue and water: dilute the glue with an equal amount of water and paint on to your crochet item.

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Magazine issue date: September, 2015

Joni van der Merwe

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