Bows

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How to Knit a Bow

What you will need...

Total time - 1 Hour 20 Minutes each Bow

(Two pieces 30 minutes each,  20 minutes sewing up)

4mm knitting needles (UK 8, US 6)

Chunky Double knitting yarn - any desired colour

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Stuffing/Toy Filling

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Before You Start...

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - P wise. US - bind off.

TOP TIP

Chunky wool is recommended - This results in a stiffer bow, that is also a bit larger (less effort, more bow!)

How to Make it...

Made up of two knitted pieces oversewn together, with various designs to add your own little twist.

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Small Bow

Make 2 for Each Bow

Time - 30 Minutes Each

Size 5.5 cm

Needles 4mm

Yarn Chunky Blue

Cast on 8 sts

Beginning with a K row, St-st 4 rows

Next Row *K2tog, K to end, K2tog

Next Row P**

Continue from * to ** until 2 sts remain

Next Row ***Inc Kwise, K to end, Inc Kwise

Next Row P****

Continue from *** to **** until 8 sts present

St-st 2 rows

Cast off P-wise.

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Large Bow

Make 2 for Each Bow

Time - 40 Minutes Each

Size 9 cm

Needles 4mm

Yarn Chunky Blue

Cast on 12 sts

Beginning with a K row, St-st 6 rows

Next Row *K2tog, K to end, K2tog

Next Row P**

Continue from * to ** until 4 sts remain

Next Row ***Inc Kwise, K to end, Inc Kwise

Next Row P****

Continue from *** to **** until 12 sts present

St-st 4 rows

Cast off P-wise.

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Piece it Altogether

Oversew row ends of the two bow pieces, with right side of st-st on the outside.

Stuff bow lightly into both ends, before oversewing cast on edges and cast off edges of the two bow pieces.

Sew onto a hairband, headband or any other desired object!

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Make it Different!

Garter stitch may be easier for children or those who are learning. This will still result in a good bow, but will be smaller and less sturdy.

Instead of chunky yarn you could use two strands of regular yarn, and if doing so, using two different colours can also have a nice two-tone effect.

Make your bow even bigger by casting on extra stitches and adding more rows to the decreasing and increasing parts of the pattern.

Add stripes by changing yarn colour every 2 rows. Or add a strip of colour to the end of each bow.

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Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and inspiration.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by emailing me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for you next challenge, have a look at what to try next!