How to Knit a Beginner-Friendly Bow

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Cute sweater? Put a bow on it! Simple tote bag? Put a bow on it! Gift for a friend? You guessed it: put a bow on it. This super simple bow (you only need to know the knit stitch!) with give whatever you’re making that little something extra.

How to Knit a Bow

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Yarn
  • Use whichever needles match your yarn (check the label if you’re not sure.)
  • Good to Know: You can use any weight of yarn you’d like to knit a bow; just remember that if you use the same number of stitches that we did with a lighter yarn, your bow will be smaller. If you want a bow that’s larger, just increase the number of stitches per row, as well as the number of rows. If you want a bow that’s smaller, decrease the number of stitches and rows.


    Casting on for a bow

    1. Cast on 8 stitches using the long-tail cast-on.

    Knitting garter stitch for a bow

    2. Work in garter stitch, knitting each row.

    Knitting a rectangle for a bow

    3. Knit until you have a rectangle that measures about 4-3/4″ long.

    Weaving in the ends for knitting a bow

    4. Bind off, and weave in all the loose ends with a yarn needle.

    Tying a knit bow

    5. Cut a piece of yarn about 7″ long. (If your tail ends were pretty long, you could even use one of those here!) Wrap the length of yarn around the center of the rectangle, then tie a knot to secure it. This will give the bow more shape so that you’re not depending on the center band to hold everything in place.

    Casting on for a knit bow band

    6. Now make the center band. Cast on 3 stitches.

    Knitting a bow band

    7. Knit each row until your piece measures about 2″ long. Bind off, and leave a long tail that you can use for seaming later.

    8. Wrap the band around the bow, centering it. You might find that you need to stretch the band a little to wrap it around, but that’s ideal since you want it to be nice and snug.

    9. Grab your yarn needle and thread it with the yarn tail you left in step 7. 

    Sewing a knit bow band

    10. Sew the band’s short ends together, then weave in the loose ends. Now you have a bow!

    Knit bow

    You can also customize the center band, making it thicker or thinner depending on your preference. If you’re crunched for time, simply wrapping yarn (as I did below) around the center of the bow is also an option!

    Wrapping yarn around a knit bow

    And you’re done! Or not, because chances are you’re going to crank out more than one these bad bows…

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