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Published on December 28th, 2015 | by Merion


Knit by Bit: Sparkly Hair Bows!

Need a last minute embellishment?  This sparkly bow is a zingy addition to your hair, a jumper, a bag, or even a cushion!  Knits in half an hour!

Knit by Bit: knit a bow! Loveknitting blog

There’s a New Year’s Eve party looming, and it’s themed with black and gold, and what’s a knitter to do when she knows she’s got a ball of sparkly yarn in her stash?  I thought a sparkly bow for my hair would be the icing on the cake, so I grabbed my needles…

This is not so much a pattern, as a recipe.  You can use any yarn, any weight to make a bow, and the size is up to you.

I used Stylecraft Twilight DK for my sparkly bow, double stranded on 5mm needles.

The bow:

Cast on 35 stitches, and knit 20 rows in garter stitch, or as deep as you’d like your bow to be, and cast off.

The tie:

Cast on six stitches, and knit eight rows in garter stitch, cast off.

To assemble:

Take the main body of the bow and fold both ends into the middle, and sew to make a continuous loop.   Take the short “tie” piece, and wrap around the middle to cinch the bow in, and sew firmly to secure behind, making the bow shape.

Using that recipe, I was inspired to try a few other yarns and stitches!   The glorious green bow below is knitted in the fabulous MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino, in Grass (141), using simple stocking stitch on 3.5mm needles, and the delicious grey bow is knitted in moss stitch, using Rowan Handknit Cotton in Raffia (330).


The grey bow is for a certain teddy to wear, so for extra security and plumpness, I have stuffed each end of the bow with a little pinch of toy stuffing, and sewn the ends shut.

For hair bows, simply stitch your bow to a hair clip or on to an alice band, or attach a brooch pin and fasten to bags, jumpers or jackets!  Why not take this concept even further and make giant bows as cushions?

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About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: December 28th, 2015.

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