First things first...I am no crocheting expert. Far from it! I'm definitely a beginner, so if I can make these little bows, so can you. Basically, get ready for a meellion pictures about how to make these. Cause, dang, aren't they cute? Glue a clip on them and attach it to the nearest kiddo and tada! Instant adorableness and cute-osity. They would make rad bow ties, too, for those of you who have boys.
Anywho, you can tell I had fun taking pictures of my line up of bows...this is only a fraction of the pile I've made so far! Once you get going, they don't take much time to make and not much yarn either, so they're a great inexpensive homemade gift.
Alright, here goes! For those experienced at crochet patterns, see the pattern below (hope I did it right), and try not to laugh at me. For those of you who need the pictures (that would've been me!)....keep reading for in depth pictures and some basic techniques!
See below for the full tutorial!
Chain 25, half double crochet in third chain from hook, and in each chain across.
For rows 2-4 Chain 2, half double crochet in closest stitch and in each all the way across, turn.
When you get to the last stitch, single crochet, then cut yarn, pull it through and tight, and weave in both ends. Fold over both short ends to the middle, glue together and squeeze in the center to form a bow, then wrap yarn around center and glue the end down.
Start with some yarn...duh. and a crochet hook. Mine is a J/10-6.00mm, whatever that means. (told you...beginner!) My yarn is an acrylic-cotton blend (I had to have the color!), but all-cotton yarns are really nice to crochet with.
This is how you do a slipknot-which starts every crochet project. Left to right: Loop the yarn around in a circle like so. Then take the end of the yarn and pull it through the loop. Put your hook in the loop and pull it so it's snug.
Now start your chain! You do this by grabbing some yarn around the hook (also called "yarn over" or YO) and pulling it through the loop you just made.
Like so! (also called a chain)
Continue making a chain-I did 25 for this size bow...you could easily make the bow larger or smaller by lengthening or shortening the chain.
At the end of the chain, yarn over (YO) and then do a half double crochet in the third loop from the end. Have no idea what a half double crochet is? (HDC) I didn't either. I'll do my best to show ya!
So the arrow is pointing to the loop to go through. Yay for arrows! YO, then push your hook through the loop, then YO and pull through the first loop on the hook, only. (see pic below)
It will look like this! (pic above)
YO again and pull through all three loops! You did a HDC! (ok, so bear with me....I was really excited when I figured it out the first time.)
I pull the yarn snug after each stitch.
Then keep doing HDCs going down the chain you made!
After you do the last HDC, chain 2.
Then flip your row to the other side, and continue doing HDCs down the first row you did. Go into the first loop though, no skipping loops at the beginning of the row this time!
Make sure you catch both loops of yarn in the stitch!
If your yarn gets wobbly and looks like bacon...go make a BLT. just kiddin'. Just gently pull the ends and it'll straighten out.
THEN go make a BLT.
When you get to the end of the second row, chain 2 and do HDCs back down the other way. Like I said, you can make it larger or smaller depending on how many you chain in the beginning, and how many rows you do.
At the end of your last row, chain one, then cut the yarn.
Pull the end through the loop and pull tightly to make a knot.
Weave in the ends and clip off any extra, or tie the ends together and then clip.
Tada! You have crocheted a piece of bacon.
Find the center of your
Hot glue the ends to the back of the bow, let cool a little bit, but while the glue is still warm and pliable, squeeze the middle to make it look bow-ish. (pic below)
Dab a little glue on the back, stick the end of the yarn in the glue, then wrap around the center until you're happy with the width. Cut the yarn then glue the end underneath another piece so it's hidden.
Tada! Attach a clippie by sliding it underneath the yarn and gluing under the clip.
You did it! I hope you are super proud of yourself if you've never crocheted before. Even if you have, you still made a super duper cute bow, so that's something.
For an even quicker bow, Chain 15 or so, then HDC the rows like the other bow until you have 4-6 rows. (you can even HDC every other stitch to make some cool hole patterns in the bow.) Wrap yarn around the middle and glue just like the other bow! Pretty easy and quick, though the edges can curl a bit.
Hope you enjoyed this, and could figure it out!