Part 1: Not-So-Itty-Bitty Bow Pattern

There are a lot of knit bow patterns out there but most of them had something about their construction that I didn’t like. I decided to write up how I like to make knit bows. I’m breaking the directions up into two parts to keep it from being overly long and because part 2 should be useful for other things than this pattern. Part 1 would be this, the knitting pattern for bows. Part 2 will be directions for my favorite method of attaching stuff to hair clips.

I’ve included instructions for two different styles of bows. The ribbed bows are narrower and less dramatic. They work well for sets of hair clips and as embellishments. The garter stitch bows are larger and statement pieces. They require a bit more attitude to wear.

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Materials For the Bow:

3.75mm Knitting Needles
DK or Worsted Weight Yarn Scraps – The red bows are Bollicine’s Dolly and the blue is Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I’ve also had good results with Berroco Ultra Alpaca

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Ribbed Bow:
CO 10
Work in 1×1 ribbing for 1in or to taste
Row 1: ssk to end
Row 2: Purl to end
Row 3: Knit to end
Row 4: Purl to end
Row 5: kfbl to end
Work in 1×1 ribbing for 1in or to match
BO

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Pick up and Knit four stitches across the center back of the wrong side.
Work in stockinette for 1.5in.
Bind off and attach BO edge near where you picked up the stitches. It should be a bit of a stretch.
Weave in your ends.

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Garter Stitch Bow:

CO 14
Work in garter stitch for 2in or to taste
Row 1: K2tog to end
Row 2-4: Knit
Row 5: kfbl to end
Work in garter stitch for 2in or to match
Bo

Pick up and Knit four stitches across the center back of your least favorite side.
Work in garter stitch for 2.5in stretched.
Bind off and attach BO edge near where you picked up the stitches.
Weave in your ends.

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To make either bow wider or narrower, work more or less stitches in increments of two.

Coming Soon:
Part 2: How to Attach Stuff to Hair Clips




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