Bitsa Bucket and Bowls
Another use for my put together, use it up super chunky yarn is to make bowls. These again can be any size and either round or oblong. Perhaps a quick look at the Bitsa Bags pattern will give you an idea of what this is if you haven’t already looked.
I’m going to use this selection of leftovers in blues and will probably add more as I go along.
UK double crochet, dc throughout. (US single)
I have chosen to start with these four and an 8mm hook.
I start with a magic circle. I will put up some photos here to help if you haven’t done one before but there are also videos on YouTube.
Wrap yarn around fingers.
Put hook under yarn and pull through a loop from the ball end.
Yarn over and chain one.
Adjust your hold on the loop slightly and begin double crochet into loop.
DC required amount (in this case 6) around loop.
When finished pull on the short tail to close the hole.
Ch1 put in a marker to mark the start
2 dc into each st. Sl st into last st. 12st. This is Foundation Row.
Row 1 – Ch 1, *1dc, 2dc into next st,* repeat from * slip st into last st. 18st
Row 2 – Ch 1, *2dc, 2dc into next st* repeat from * slip st into last st. 24st
Row 3 – Ch1, *3dc, 2dc into next st* repeat from * slip st into last st. 30st
This is how we increase around a flat circle base. I deliberately called the initial row a foundation row so that the following row would read 1 crochet stitch between the increases on row 1, 2 crochet stitches between the increases on row 2, 3 crochet stitches between in the increases on row 3 etc.
Carry on going around slip stitching into the last stitch, the chain 1 from the beginning, increasing the number of between stitches on each round. It should lay mostly flat, if it really starts to curl perhaps go up a hook size for the thickness of the combined yarns.
Continue going around, it will go hexagonal but we are going up 6 each time and it won’t show once the sides are started. My 10dc 2dc into next stitch round does actually measure 10 inches but that may vary.
You stop or keep going until you are at the size you wish.
Don’t forget, the same as with the Bitsa Bags, when one of your yarns is about to run out, or you have a huge amount and just fancy a change, join in the new one to the old. I use a magic knot and trim close but you can use an overhand and use a needle to finish off the ends. Try not to control the colours. Let them flow and run out naturally if small balls and oddments. The more variety of yarns the more the colour blending happens. Try and stagger the joining so they flow too.
Continue in the round with no increasing to bring up the sides. This first couple of round will also increase the size of the base slightly so if you are after a specific size start this part a little earlier instead. My 10 inch base now has 11.5 inch sides.
You can now choose to stop whenever you have reached the height you would like. This one I kept going to make a project bucket.
While we’re going in the round here are some shallow ones I made in the round and also by creating an oblong.
By chaining first and then going back along the chain, 5 dc in the last stitch and back along the bottom of the chain to the end and 4 in the last stitch the oblong base is started. Continuing around the oblong making sure there is 2dc in one stitch, 1dc, 2dc in one stitch in the ends increasing the 1dc as the base gets wider (2dc in one st, 2dc, 2dc in on stitch etc) until size is reached then bringing up the sides again.
I hope this helps with reducing the unusable, leftover sash of yarns!