I love the look of little crocheted hair bows, but I don’t know how to crochet. It seems so complicated, especially when you have to keep track of and follow those patterns. These simple knitted bows are one of the simplest knitting projects you will ever come across, and would be a great project for beginning knitters, even kids who are wanting to learn to knit.
I do know how to knit, but just the basics. I can easily knit a scarf, but not a sweater. Basic knitting is really very easy, and you could learn very quickly. You just need to know how to cast on (video tutorial), do a basic knit stitch (video tutorial), and cast off (video tutorial). All you need is knitting needles, yarn, and scissors.
These bows are a perfect project for a beginning knitter, or to make as a first knitting project. Especially when you’re new to knitting, it can take a long time to make progress, but these little bows don’t take too long at all.
What you do:
1. Start by knitting your rectangular bow shape. I started by casting on 10 loops, and then knitting 10 rows. You can play around with different lengths and widths for different sized bows.
2. You will be left with two little strings. I tied them to the back of the bow, and then cut off the ends, so that I was just left with the rectangle.
3. Using a different color yarn, start wrapping around the center of the rectangle. Pull it tight to achieve the bow shape. Tie the end of the yarn in the back and cut off the extras.
4. Now you can turn the knitted bows into hair clips. I first sewed the bottom part of the alligator clip to the back of the bow to make it a little more secure, but you could skip this step. Cut a piece of felt slightly larger than the ends of the clip. Put hot glue all over one side, and secure the felt over the bottom part of the alligator clip and onto the back of the bow. Make sure that the top part of the clip is lifted up until the glue dries.
5. Once the glue has dried, your bows are ready to wear!
Lyla loves these little bows, and I do too. I enjoy knitting, but I don’t want to spend a lot of time on a project, plus we live in Florida where it is too hot for most knitted accessories. These bows were a perfect little warm-weathered knitting project for me!
Tips: I used a medium weight yarn (4) and size 9 knitting needles. If you are using a thicker yarn, you should use larger needles, and cast on fewer rows. If you are using a thinner yarn, you should use smaller knitting needles, and cast on more rows. You can play around with different combinations for different looks.