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CRAFT DIY Wedding
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Tying the Knot
By Linda Permann

Weddings are the ultimate opportunity to exercise your crafting skills. Don’t leave out your groom and groomsmen — you can make their attire fit right in to your handmade wedding with this simple crochet bow tie pattern.

Materials

1 skein Rowan Classic Silk Wool DK, 1¾oz (50g)/109yds (100m) in #305 Clay You can substitute any DK-weight yarn.
Yarn needle
Size F5 (3.75mm) hook
or size to obtain gauge
Size D3 (3.25mm) hook for finishing
Yarn needle
T-pins, iron, and blocking board

Finished Size: Finished bow tie measurements vary based on neck measurement. Be sure to measure the wearer for the best fit. Bow ends measure 7½” long from the beginning of the curve to the edge of the tie.
Click through for the complete pattern.


Abbreviations
sl st: slip stitch
ch: chain
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (decrease)
dc: double crochet
RS: right side of the work
Special Stitch
Single crochet 2 together (sc2tog): Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, and draw up a loop twice, yarn over, and draw loop through all 3 loops on hook.
Gauge
3 sc worked over 7 rows with size F crochet hook measures ¾” wide by 1″ tall.

Directions:

You can customize this bow tie to fit any neck size, and the world of available yarn colors means you’ll be able to find a perfect match for the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Step 1: Crochet bow A.
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With size F hook, ch 4.
Row 1 (RS) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each
ch across, turn — 3 sc.
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Row 2 Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn — 5 sc.
Row 3 Ch 1, 2 sc in first sc, sc in each sc across up to last sc, 2 sc in last sc, turn — 7 sc.
Rows 4–5 Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn — 7 sc.
Rows 6–11 Repeat rows 3–5 twice — 11 sc.
Row 12 Repeat row 3, turn — 13 sc.
Rows 13–22 Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn — 13 sc.
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Row 23 Ch 2, sc2tog over first 2 sc, sc in each sc across up to last 2 sc, sc2tog, turn — 11 sc.
Rows 24–25 Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn — 11 sc.
Rows 26–31 Repeat rows 23–25 twice — 7 sc.
Rows 32–33 Repeat row 23 — 3 sc.
Row 34 Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn — 3 sc.
Rows 35–49 Repeat rows 2–17 — 13 sc.
Fasten off.
Step 2: Crochet bow B.
Ch 4.
Row 1 (RS) Sc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across, turn — 3 sc.
Row 2 Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn — 3 sc.
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Repeat row 2 until band measures 6″ longer than the circumference of the wearer’s neck.
Repeat rows 2–49 of bow A.
Fasten off.
NOTE: Before you sew the bow tie together, you’ll want to make sure it fits. Pin it in place and drape it around the wearer’s neck to gauge whether it will be long enough to tie comfortably. If not, add a few more rows of sc to the narrow end of bow B before proceeding.
Step 3: Finish.
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Sew the narrow end of bow A to the straight end of bow B, making sure that the right sides are facing each other.
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Weave in the sewing end.
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With the right side of the bow tie facing you, attach yarn in the corner of 1 tie end and, using a size D hook, sl st around the entire outside edge of the bow tie. Fasten off and weave in the ends. Steam-block the tie.
About the Author:

Linda Permann is a freelance writer and craft designer who loves to crochet, sew, and cook. See what she’s up to at lindamade.com.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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Comments

  1. Johnny says:

    Great post. I’m a self taught 61 YOM trying to catch on. Have a great holiday!

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  4. veronica says:

    THANKS 4 UR IDEA ON THE BOW-TIE ! I WILL TRY 2 MAKE 1 B4 FATHER’S DAY . KEEP THEM COMING UR IDEAS . (*.*)

  5. Scotia Wade says:

    I am always looking for something new to make. My son will love this. I know he will want every color of the rainbow

  6. Sara says:

    I am not sure I understand row 1 of Bow B –
    “Row 1 (RS) Sc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across, turn — 3 sc.”
    The SC in the 4th ch part

    1. click says:

      can you make a video of this bow

    2. Helpful stranger says:

      It should read “SC in the 2nd ch from hook”

  7. Would love to see a finished product. The close-up shots are nice but cannot really gauge if i am doing it right without the photo of the finished product

  8. Ginger snap says:

    I can not seem to figure out how to put this bow tie together. I have the two peices in front of me and can’t seem to figure how to attach them. Is there anyway you can send me some more detailed pics of the assembly of the bow?? Would be much appreciated! Thx!

  9. Sarah says:

    What were the measurements of the neck this bowtie was made for? The person I am making one for has a larger-than-average neck and I am trying to figure out how much I need to adjust, as the bowtie will be a surprise so I cannot measure it on him.

  10. Isac says:

    Do you know any way to make the bow tie more stiff? Maybe the yarn I used is to heavy to hold it up. It looks nice but slackens like a wilting flower when I try to wear it.

  11. CATHLEEN says:

    IT WOULD BE NICE IF IT WAS PRINTABLE. I FIND A PROJECT START IT THEN HAVE TO QUIT AND WHEN I GO BACK TO FIND IT IM EITHER OUT OF TIME OR GIVE UP LOOKING FOR IT. I DO LOTS BETTER IF I HAVE A COPY TO KEEP WITH MY PROJECT SO WHEN I HAVE A MINUTE I CAN JUST CROCHET! JUST A THOUGHT! IT LOOKS FUN!

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