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Big & Little Bows – Free Crochet Pattern

The first time I put a bow headband on my daughter, she was 4 months old. Talk about cuteness overload! Why had I not done that sooner?? A bow is now my favorite go to accessory for her! If I’m making her a handmade dress or top, I will also make a matching bow with the leftover scraps of yarn. I’m a believer that ‘bigger is better’ so I will usually choose the big bow over the little bow.

The bow pattern comes in two sizes, big & little. You can choose which bow size works best for you. Both use minimal amounts of yarn and are a quick, easy make. These would be great small items to add to your table/booth at your next show. (COVID restrictions permitting!) You’ll also learn a new stitch! Learning new things is great fun.

For the Big & Little Bows pattern I used Caron Cotton Cakes. It’s a worsted weight (4) cotton/acrylic yarn. This yarn has great stitch definition and can be washed and dried if needed. That is always a bonus when your dealing with babies/toddlers! You can also switch up your yarn to use any leftovers that you may have, just adjust your hook size accordingly.

Let’s make some bows!

Materials:

  • 10-20 yards, worsted weight (4) I used Caron Cotton Cakes (100 gm/221 yds/193 m)
  • US Size G+ Crochet Hook (4.5mm)
  • Stitch Markers (2) (If Beginner)
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
  • Nylon Headband or Hair Clip

Gauge:

Not super important for this project
8 stitches x 8 rows = 2″ square
Pattern used for gauge: HDSS *see special stitches*

Abbreviations:

  • CH – Chain
  • SC – Single Crochet
  • HDSS – Half-Double Slip Stitch *see special stitches*
  • SLST – Slip Stitch
  • ST(S) – Stitch(es)

Sizes:

Small Bow = approx. 3 inches long x 2 inches wide
Big Bow = approx. 4.25 inches long x 2.5 inches wide

Notes:

  • Beginning CH1 is not counted as a stitch.
  • If you are a beginner, I recommend using stitch markers to mark the 1st stitch of your rows.

Special Stitches

HDSS – Half Double Slip Stitch

Pattern Instructions

Little Bow

Row 1: CH7, HDSS in the 2nd ST from hook, HDSS in each CH.Turn. (6 HDSS)

Row 2: CH1, HDSS in each ST. Turn. (6)

Rows 3- 14:Repeat row 2. Do not turn after last row.

Continue on to edge below big bow.

Pattern Instructions

Big Bow

Row 1: CH9, HDSS in the 2nd ST from hook, HDSS in each CH.Turn. (8 HDSS)

Row 2: CH1, HDSS in each ST. Turn. (8)

Rows 3- 20: Repeat row 2. Do not turn after last row.

Edge:

CH1, 1/4 turn your work so you are working down the side,
SC in each row, 3SC in corner, SC in each ST, 3SC in corner,
SC in each row, 3SC in corner, SC in each ST, SLST to CH1.
Finish off, weave ends.

Edge: Working 1SC in each row. I’ve now made it to the first corner where I will place 3SC.

Attaching the bow to clip/headband

That’s it! Enjoy your bow! There are many ways to customize this. You can add sequins during stitching, or you can add a jewel to the front of the bow while tying attaching to your clip/headband. Have fun with it!

Little bow attached to nylon headband.
Big bow attached to alligator hair clip.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this free tutorial. I’d love to see all your beautiful bows! Tag me on Instagram/Facebook @jadedcraftscreations or use #jadedcraftscreations so I can see them!

Happy Crocheting,

Jade

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