Add a personal touch to anything with a handmade crochet bow! The best part? Making a crochet bow is really easy when you follow this simple method. In fact, even brand new crocheters can whip up these sweet accessories!
Tutorial photos by Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
How to make a crochet bow
If you know how to crochet a rectangle with basic stitches, you can crochet this bow!
What you need:
- Worsted weight yarn (I used Sprightly Acrylic Wool in Misty Pink)
- Size H crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
Crocheting the rectangle
Start by chaining 16.
Row 1: Sc in second st from hook and each st across (15 sc).
Row 2 – 7: Ch 1 to turn, sc in each st across (15 sc).
Finish off and weave in ends. Now you have a basic rectangle (how easy was that?)!
If you pinch this rectangle in the center, you’ll see the bow shape start to take form.
Forming the bow shape
Cut a length of yarn to tie the bow in the center. Approximately 6″ is a good length for this particular bow, but you can vary it depending on whether you want this yarn wrap to be very narrow or very thick.
Lay the yarn flat, placing the right side of the rectangle onto the top of the yarn. Bring the two ends of the yarn together over the wrong side of the bow, securing it in a tight knot. This gives you the shape of your bow!
Wrap the yarn around the center of the bow that you have just created. The best way to do this is to bring one end around the bow from the top and the other around the bow from the bottom.
Continue wrapping until there is very little yarn left, and then create another knot at the the back of the bow.
Weave in any remaining yarn ends. There is your completed crochet bow!
More ways to customize your crochet bow
There are dozens of variations that you can make to change the look of your crochet bow. Check out a few ideas below.
Use a contrasting color for the center wrap
Changing up the yarn wrap is the easiest variation on this bow. Change the color of the wrap for a more dramatic design. You can also use a chunkier yarn or a longer length of yarn to create a bow with a thicker center.
Try a different weight of yarn and different stitches
Unlike the one in the tutorial, this bow is made with double crochet stitches, a bulky weight yarn and a size J crochet hook. It’s also slightly more square in shape, which enhances the bulkiness of the bow. Here’s a quick pattern for this bow:
- Ch 12.
- Row 1: Double crochet in third ch from hook and each st across.
- Row 2-4: Ch 3 to turn. Double crochet in each st across.
- Finish off and weave in ends. Use yarn wrap to create bow shape.
Add a decorative edging
You can give your bow a more polished finish by adding a decorative crochet edging. The example above uses a slip stitch edging around the entire bow. You could add a frillier, decorative edging (such as picots or shell stitch) for a completely different style of bow.
Note that the edging is always added after you’ve completed all of the rows of the rectangle but before you wrap it with yarn to create the bow shape.
More ideas for customizing your bow:
- Make them extra large or super tiny
- Vary how narrow the bow is
- Change the stitches used to make the rectangle
- Mix up the yarn you use
7 patterns to use your crochet bows
These patterns show you a variety of different ways to put your cute bows to use.
Photo via Craftsy member Aimarro Patterns
1. Crochet Bow Earrings
Add earring hooks to your crochet bows and you’ve instantly got cute new jewelry.
Photo via Craftsy member Sans Limites Crochet
2. Crochet Bow Necklace
Speaking of jewelry, crochet bows of various sizes can be turned into terrific necklaces.
Photo via Craftsy member Aytulgift
3. Crochet Bow Hair Tie
Attach a crochet bow to a hair tie, ribbon or clip to create a fun hair accessory.
Photo via Craftsy member Heart for Your Home
4. Crochet Bow Necktie
Bows make adorable neckties for all ages, especially as a photo prop for little boys.
Photo via Craftsy member Eva’s Studio
5. Crochet Bow Slippers
Crochet slippers and baby booties look extra cute when you add a bow to the top of them.
Photo via Craftsy member Crafty Narwhal
6. Crochet Bow Hat
Crochet bows look good on accessories from head to toe. Dress up a basic crochet beanie or slouch hat with your own crocheted bow.
Photo via Craftsy member Mon Petit Violon
7. Crochet Bow Sweater
Add crochet bows as appliqués to clothing, whether it’s crochet clothing or sewn on to personalize off-the-rack clothes.