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The 37 Most Delightful Yarn Bowls: Beautiful Creations For Your Knitting

Whoever came up with the first design for taming yarn’s tendency to roll all over the place is a genius! End your frustrations with balls of yarn rolling around and onto the floor. Keep it in one spot by using a yarn bowl.

Knitters can breathe easier, relax and knit away when their yarn stays in place. Plus a yarn bowl looks super stylish!

Very thick wool yarn for knitting. Lilac, purple, pink.

Here are some functional, beautiful (sometimes outrageous and funny) Yarn Bowls for you.

(I’ve listed them by material to make it easier for you!)

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What Is A Yarn Bowl?

The design of most yarn bowls are fairly similar. They are sometimes referred to as a yarn holder bowl or knitting bowl.

Most have a bowl shape with a swirled section cut into one side where you thread the string of working yarn through.

When you pull on the yarn to ease more out, this section acts as a guide and feeds the length of yarn gently without snagging.

The weight of the bowl allows the ball of yarn to roll around inside without getting tangled. The high sides keep it in place. The perfect yarn holder.

There are often circular cutouts intended for storing straight needles when not in use or when using more than one yarn in your project.

Why You Should Use One

  • To keep your sanity! Knitting is meant to be pleasurable. Chasing yarn out from under tables, chairs and couches is no fun. Nor is knotted, tangled yarn, which often happens when knitting from a skein or ball. I speak from experience here. Too many times, I’ve tried to undo a massive tangle. It’s very frustrating!
  • Yarn bowls keep your yarn clean and prevent it from collecting fluff or dust from the floor. (Knitting is much more important than housework, so of course, we can all have dust and fluff on our floors!)
  • They’re not easy for pets to move around, unlike a free ball of yarn. You see all these cute pictures of cats playing with yarn. Sure they’re adorable, as long as it’s NOT your yarn!
  • You can move your yarn bowl wherever you feel like knitting. Glorious sunny day outside? Take it outdoors and know the yarn isn’t going to get all dirty.
  • Their whole purpose is to be a yarn holder and also look beautiful.

Why Are There Holes?

  • You can use them to rest your knitting needles when not in use.
  • If working with multiple yarns, thread each yarn through a hole. Great for stranded knitting, Intarsia or Fair Isle patterns. (Just remember you’ll need to cut the working yarn that’s been threaded through a hole so you can remove it from the top.)
  • The holes help prevent you from accidentally yanking the yarn out of the bowl when the ball gets smaller.
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How To Choose a Yarn Bowl

  • The pottery (wood, plastic, or metal) needs to be very smooth where the yarn comes out. Even the smallest rough edge will catch and fray the yarn.
  • Choose one with a wide, flat base so it won’t tip over when a dense ball of yarn is rolling around.
  • A wooden knitting bowl made of lightweight wood is great when traveling.
  • It needs an opening where the working yarn can slip through from the top. Just a hole on the side is no good because it’s more challenging to take the yarn out of the bowl.
  • High walls are best or the ball will spin right out!
  • Another consideration is a knitting bowl with two slots if you are an avid color-work knitter. This allows two different colored yarns to remain untangled when working on your project.
  • If you knit with a large unwound skein, an oblong yarn bowl is a good idea.


Wood

Yamalans Handmade Wooden Yarn Bowl

yamalans handmade wooden yarn bowl

About: A smooth and polished wooden surface to make sure your yarn isn’t damaged while threaded through as you knit. Heavy enough to stay in place while you knit.

Dimensions: 6.3 inches wide, 2.76 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Yamalans

Made in: (Not Specified)

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Knitjoy Extra Large Wooden Yarn Bowl

knitjoy extra large wooden yarn bowl

About: A beautiful wooden knitting bowl. Carved by hand using Indian Rosewood. A great gift. It’s a hard wood, so it’s unbreakable.

Dimensions: 7 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Indian Rosewood

Manufacturer: Knit Joy

Made in: (Not Specified)

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Darn Good Yarn Handcrafted Wooden Yarn Bowl

darn good yarn handcrafted wooden yarn bowl

About: Handmade knitting yarn bowl of high quality Indian wood. It’s portable and efficient.

Dimensions: 6.2 inches wide, 6.1 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Darn Good Yarn

Made in: India

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Cedmon Wooden Yarn Bowl Holder Rosewood

cedmon wooden yarn bowl holder rosewood

About: High-quality, made of Natural Sheesham Wood. You can take it with you anywhere, and it is unbreakable.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Cedmon

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LIFYFUN Bamboo Yarn Bowl

lifyfun bamboo yarn bowl

About: Extra large, high quality and practical. Made of bamboo.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 4.3 inches high

Materials: Bamboo

Manufacturer: LIFYFUN

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Dalea Home Products Premium Wooden Yarn Bowl

dalea home products premium wooden yarn bowl

About: Woodcarved and unbreakable. It’s large, and with a lustre finish.

Dimensions: 7 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Dalea Home Products

Made in: USA

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Classic Rosewood Yarn Bowl

classic rosewood yarn bowl

About: The entire surface is smooth with a high-gloss finish. A curled slot captures the yarn as you knit, allowing the yarn to steadily fed through the swirl preventing tangles.

Dimensions: 7 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Rosewood

Manufacturer: Hagestad

Made in: India

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Orchid & Ivy Handcrafted Wooden Yarn Bowl

orchid & ivy handcrafted wooden yarn bowl

About: Each bowl is unique! Each one is handcrafted one at a time from repurposed wooden bowls.

Yarn pulls smoothly and evenly as you work, thanks to the high-gloss lacquered finish and the deep swirl to pull the yarn through.

Dimensions: 7 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Re-used acacia wood with a cherry lacquer finish

Manufacturer: Orchid & Ivy

Made in: California

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Yarn Art Indian Rosewood Yarn Bowl

yarn art indian rosewood yarn bowl

About: Sustainable, portable and delightful. Handmade, and it has a very pleasant Rosewood scent.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Yarn Art

Made in: India

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Yarn Hut Wooden Bowl

yarn hut wooden bowl

About: Comfortably fits a 5oz/100g ball of yarn. Lifetime guarantee.

Dimensions: 7 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Indian Mango Wood

Manufacturer: Yarn Hut

Made in: India

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Rosewood Yarn Bowl

Rosewood-Yarn-Bowl-v2

About: A very lovely Rosewood Bowl, with a spiral cutout which helps you by holding your yarn. It has a rich wood grain texture.

Dimensions: 5 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Rosewood Wood

Manufacturer: Knit Picks

Made in: USA

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Two Tone Rosewood Mango Wood Yarn Bowl

Two-Tone-Rosewood-Mango-Wood-Yarn-Bowl-v2

About: A lovely two-toned tapered rosewood bowl. The mango wood texture creates a pleasing contrast with the rosewood tone.

Dimensions: 5 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Rosewood Wood

Manufacturer: Knit Picks

Made in: USA

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Darn Good Yarn Wooden Yarn Bowl

Handmade-Wooden-Yarn-Bowl

About: Handcrafted by some of the best artisans in India. It’s made of Sheesham Wood.

Dimensions: 5 inches wide, 2.5 inches high

Materials: Sheesham Wood

Manufacturer: Darn Good Yarn

Made in: India

Flower Crown Wooden Yarn Bowl

Flower-Crown-Wooden-Yarn-Bowl

About: A beautiful floral carved wooden yarn bowl. Handmade of Teakwood.

Dimensions: 5 inches wide, 2.5 inches high

Materials: Teakwood

Manufacturer: Darn Good Yarn

Made in: New York, USA

Ideas in Wood Wooden Yarn Box

Ideas-in-Wood-Wooden-Yarn-Box

About: A handmade cherry wood yarn box, with a built in needle sizer. It also comes with a 6” ruler. A unique Etsy Yarn Bowl.

Dimensions: 7.75 inches wide, 5 inches high

Materials: Cherry Wood

Manufacturer: Ideas in Wood

Made in: Pennsylvania, USA

Craftamma Indian Wood Yarn Bowl

Indian-Wood-Yarn-Bowl

About: This handcrafted Indian Wood Yarn Bowl has a glossy finish. It’s very sturdy and durable.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Craftamma

Made in: India

Knit Picks Maplewood Yarn Bowl

Maplewood-Yarn-Bowl

About: A tapered bowl, made of maplewood. It has a glossy finish, which brings out the rich detail of the wood.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Maplewood

Manufacturer: Knit Picks

Made in: Vancouver, USA

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Furls Yarn Bowl

Furls Yarn Bowl

About: Comfortably fits a 5oz/100g ball of yarn. Lifetime warranty.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 6 inches high

Materials: Sheesham Rosewood

Manufacturer: Furls Crochet

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Light and Dark Pinewood Yarn Bowl by Loops and Threads

Light-Dark-Pinewood-Yarn-Bowl-By-Loops-Threads

About: This bowl made from wood is great for your knitting supplies. It comes in light and dark colors. One of the Yarn bowls at Michaels.F

Dimensions: 5.5 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Loops & Threads

Made in: USA

Blocksie Yarn Bowl

About: Handcrafted from solid hardwood that shows off the individual grain features. Different colors of wood pieced together for a checkerboard effect.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Hardwood

Manufacturer: Paradise Fibers

Made in: USA

Susan Bates Wood Yarn Bowl

Susan-Bates-Wood-Yarn-Bowl-Wood-Yarn-Bowl

About: A wood, collared bowl. It allows quick removal of yarn with ease.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3.75 inches high

Materials: Wood

Manufacturer: Joann

Made in: USA

Ceramic

Handthrown Stoneware Volcano Blue Grey Yarn Bowl

Handthrown-Stoneware-Volcano-Blue-Grey-Yarn-Bowl

About: Useful for yarn, crochet and knitting, made with volcanic stone! It has a smooth loop for the yarn.

Dimensions: 5.5 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Stoneware, Glaze and Clay

Manufacturer: Avior Pottery

Made in: USA

Pink and Blue Ceramic Yarn Bowl

Pink-and-Blue-Ceramic-Yarn-Bowl

About: A beautiful, ceramic handmade yarn bowl. It has a glaze mixture of soft pink and blues.

Dimensions: 7 inches wide, 3 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Creativity Happens

Made in: South Carolina, USA

Banshee Fiber Arts Ceramic Yarn Bowl

Banshee-Fiber-Arts-Ceramic-Yarn-Bowl

About: A gorgeous handcrafted, and hand-painted yarn bowl. Made of ceramic, the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys knitting or crocheting.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 6 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Banshee Fiber Art

Made in: Maryland, USA

Need A Laugh? Yarn Bowl With Faces

The Art of Lucky Stradley Sculpted Yarn Bowl Face

About: A wheel thrown, hand altered and sculpted yarn bowl. It is perfect for holding a ball of yarn. An interesting place for the yarn to come from! 🙂

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Stoneware, Porcelain

Manufacturer: The Art of Lucky Stradley

Made in: Nebraska, USA

Tabby Cat Yarn Bowl by Misunrie

About: A gorgeous cat stoneware clay bowl. Lead free, food safe glaze used. Sculpted with an open mouth and a curvy J shaped slot tail to guide your yarn.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3 3/4 inches tall without ear, 4 inches tall with ear

Materials: Stoneware, Porcelain

Manufacturer: MSR Pottery by Misunrie

Made in: Kernersville, NC, USA

Leslie Nieto The Mudplace Personalised Yarn Bowl

Personalised-Yarn-Bowl

About: A custom yarn bowl, perfect for those who enjoy knitting. Available in several different colors.

Dimensions: 6.25 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Stoneware

Manufacturer: The Mudplace

Made in: Florida, USA

Darn Good Yarn Ceramic Cat Bowl

Luxury-Ceramic-Yarn-Bowls

About: A luxury bowl in the shape of a cat. It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Dimensions: The one above is 5.4 inches wide, 3.1 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Darn Good Yarn

Made in: New York, USA

Knit Picks Black Mango Yarn Bowl

Black-Mango-Wood-Yarn-Bowl

About: This unique yarn bowl has a spiral cutout, with three holes. Made of mango wood, it has a striking appearance.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Mango Wood

Manufacturer: Knit Picks

Made in: Vancouver, USA

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Blue Pottery Yarn Ball Bowl

Blue-Pottery-Yarn-Ball-Bowl

About: Glazed ceramic able to hold a regular skein of yarn. Comes in a variety of different pretty patterns on the glaze.

Dimensions: 5.5 inches wide, 3 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Annette Lowder Pottery

Made in: USA

Emerald Green Ceramic Yarn Bowl

Emerald-Green-Yarn-Bowl

About: Featuring a beautiful leaves design. Odorless and clean.

Dimensions: 5.5 inches wide, 3.75 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Blue Room Pottery

Made in: USA

Pawley Studios Ceramic Yarn Bowl

Yarn-Bowl

About: Hand thrown in Russellville Kentucky, this bowl has very unique and pretty glazes. There’s no heavy metals or toxic glazes.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 4 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Pawley Studios

Made in: USA

Pawley Studios Dotted Ceramic Yarn Bowl

Yarn-Bowl-–-Dotted

About: If you love polka dots then this is the yarn bowl for you! The mustard yellow glaze sets off the contrast with the white outer glaze featuring the black dots.

Dimensions: 12 inches wide, 10 inches high

Materials: Glazed Ceramic

Manufacturer: Pawley Studios

Made in: USA

Birdie Yarn Bowl

Birdie-Yarn-Bowl

About: A pretty useful yarn bowl, perfect for knitting. Plus, it is handcrafted. It’s brightened up by a beautiful little birdie too keep you company while you craft.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3.5 inches high

Materials: Stoneware

Manufacturer: Uncommon Goods

Made in: USA

Petite White Mint Ceramic Yarn Bowl

Petite-White-Mint-Green-Yarn-Bowl

About: A beautiful glossy white semi crackle, with mint green highlights ceramic bowl. Holes to place your knitting needles when not in use.

Dimensions: 4.5 inches wide, 3 inches high

Materials: Ceramic

Manufacturer: Blue Room Pottery

Made in: USA

Plastic

Yarn Valet

yarn valet

About: Unbreakable lightweight plastic. A rubber, non-slip base to keep the bowl from slipping as your yarn flows through the scalloped yarn guide.

Dimensions: 6 inches wide, 3 inches high

Materials: Rubber

Manufacturer: Prym USA

Made in: USA

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Sheep Bowl

Sheep-Bowl

About: Made with lightweight plastic and in the form of a sheep! As this bowl is dishwasher safe use it for biscuits and dip when not in use for yarn! Very clever and cute.

Dimensions: 6.1 inches wide, 4.7 inches high

Materials: High quality food grade plastic

Manufacturer: Maker’s Mercantile

Made in: USA

Metal

Blue Metal Yarn Bowl

blue metal yarn bowl

About: A practical yarn bowl holder made of metal. It comes in 4 different colors.

Dimensions: 4.9 inches wide, 2.6 inches high

Materials: Metal

Manufacturer: Gravity Solutions Crafting

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Such wonderful inventions, making knitting so much easier and more enjoyable! Very well worth the investment.

Do you use a yarn bowl?

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Hi. I’m Jodie Morgan, owner and creator of Knit Like Granny. (Yes, I’m a real person :) ) Thanks for being here. I am an Australian, currently traveling in Europe with my family. I love knitting and have met so many other fabulous knitters through this site. I love learning and helping others discover the joys of working with yarn. Please say hello!

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    • Those Yarn bowls with faces are so unique! Glad my post has helped you find something for your friend. Let me know what she thought of your gift. Cheers Jodie 🙂

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