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.
1 skein Rowan Classic Silk Wool DK, 1¾oz (50g)/109yds (100m) in #305 Clay You can substitute any DK-weight yarn.
Size F5 (3.75mm) hook or size to obtain gauge
Size D3 (3.25mm) hook for finishing
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.
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sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 together (decrease)
dc: double crochet
RS: right side of the work
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.
3 sc worked over 7 rows with size F crochet hook measures ¾” wide by 1″ tall.
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.
With size F hook, ch 4.
Row 1 (RS) Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each
ch across, turn — 3 sc.
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.
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.
Step 2: Crochet bow B.
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.
Repeat row 2 until band measures 6″ longer than the circumference of the wearer’s neck.
Repeat rows 2–49 of bow A.
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.
Sew the narrow end of bow A to the straight end of bow B, making sure that the right sides are facing each other.
Weave in the sewing end.
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.