Crochet bows: tutorial
January 31, 2013 § 5 Comments
I came across this link (on Pinterest, where else?!) for making crochet bows that were a bit different to all the rest I’ve seen. I started to make one and realised as I got halfway through that the bows were in two parts. Deciding that I could improve on the original slightly I used my initiative and ended up with a cute bow that can be whipped up in a few seconds with the minimum of effort and fiddliness!
The original tutorial was in French and had been posted on a site with no reference to the original creator, so I thought I’d post my version here. Unfortunately the photos are not the best quality; the weather here today is appalling, and the light even more so, but a glance at the weather forecast suggests this isn’t likely to change in the next week or so! The photos should be clear enough to show the method, even if they aren’t the prettiest…
(I’m using UK terms.)
Start with a magic ring. Chain 3.
Chain 3 (from the top of the second treble) and connect it into the ring with a slip stitch.
Repeat: Ch 3, 2 trebles into the circle, and another ch 3 with a slip stitch into the ring. This makes the ‘wings’ of the bow.
Skip the chain closest to the hook; double crochet into each of the chains back to the ring (3 dc). Slip stitch into the ring.
Repeat: Ch4, skip 1 chain, dc in each chain back to the ring and sl-st into the ring.
Snip the yarn and pull through. Pull the magic ring tightly closed and secure the ends at the back of the bow. Done!
I made the bow above using Stylecraft DK and a 5mm hook. The tiny purple bow in the top picture was made to the same pattern but with crochet thread and a 2mm hook, but larger bows can be made by increasing the stitch sizes and chain counts. For example, ch4, 2 double trebles (yarn over twice before making stitch) etc, and 6 chains to make the tails, makes a larger bow than the one above using the same hook and yarn.
This is the first time I’ve written out a pattern, so even though it’s ridiculously simple, please let me know if there are any mistakes!