Two days ago I accidentally made a knit bow, so I thought I’d share my stumbled-upon technique with you!
I was going to make a garland, but it was a little too wide for my liking. I’m a slow knitter, so there was no way I was going to undo what I did. If I knit something, however wierdly-sized, I’m going to find a use for it!
What, I thought, can I do with a 2 inch x 4 inch block? Why, make a bow of course!
If you’d like to make one (or a ton) too, here’s what you will need:
-worsted yarn (I used I Love This Yarn, Size 4 Medium Yarn, found at Hobby Lobby)
-size 13 needles
-yarn/tapestry needle (optional)
-embroidery needle or regular needle
-embroidery floss or thread
Of course, you can make this project with any weight yarn or size needle. If you use something different, you’ll just have to play around a little to get the same size as the one shown here.
This is awesome for beginners, as it is quick and easy and uses the simplest stitch around, the garter stitch. That means all knit and no purls. I taught myself how to knit by spending hours and hours with You Tube. If don’t know how to knit, you can either use the You Tube method or the much simpler find-someone-locally-who-knows-what-they-are-doing method. You’ll thank yourself later if you choose that later, I promise.
Start by casting on 6 stitches. Then knit the garter stitch for about 25 rows or until you reach about 4 inches. Cast off. Your finished rectangle should be about 1.75 inches x 4 inches. Tie and cut off the tails for this piece.
Now we are going to make the centerpiece for the bow!
Cast on 10 stitches. Knit the garter stitch for about 8 rows or until you reach about 1.5 inches. Cast off. Your finished rectangle should be about 1.5 inches x 3 inches. Leave long tails on this piece, you will need them later.
Pinch the larger piece that will be the base of the bow and wrap the center of the bow around the larger piece as shown.
Turn the bow over to the back side. Using a tapestry needle (or just your fingers), connect the two ends of the centerpiece together around the larger piece using the tails.
Tie off the tails and cut off the ends.
Now sew on your clip. You can use embroidery thread and/or regular thread, depending on the type of clip you use. I used both. Make sure that your clip is sewn on tightly, otherwise your bow will be droopy.
I used yellow embroidery floss and gray thread so it is easier to see, but it’s a good idea to use floss and/or thread close to your yarn color. I didn’t worry about the back looking a little messy. I just made sure that the floss wasn’t on so thick that the clip wouldn’t close properly.
Here’s the finished product!
You can make all shapes and sizes. I can’t stop wearing them, so I’ll have to make on in about every color of yarn I own.
If you make one, send us the link in the comments section so that we can see what you come up with!