Take a bow

I’m being kept busy by a few too many knitting projects at once at the moment. One of these is the Saucy Librarian jumper with a lovely, if tortous, moss stitch neckline. The pattern suggests covering the seam with buttons but I decided to go one better and make this to cover it.

But now I look at it, I think it would look good on a Christmas Tree, or an embellishment on the scarf I keep wanting to make to go with Hermine (a Pickles style set that goes together but doesn’t feel obliged to match).

This takes scraps of yarn and not a lot of effort!

The gauge isn’t very important for this, but if you find the ribbon of fabric you’re knitting is a lot narrower than 1.75 inches (which is how wide mine was), then make sure to reduce the size of the ring of fabric that covers the centre of the bow.

Take a bow

Using 4mm needles and dk weight yarn, c/o 9 stitches and knit in moss stitch for 21 inches. (You can cast on any number you want really, but I chose to use an uneven number because then I never have to question whether I should be starting a row with a knit or a purl stitch).

Cast off and sew in all ends neatly.

Lie the piece flat and fold into 3rds (See below pictures) and tie a bit of waste yarn around to hold the centre together. Dress it by pulling the ends down and opening up the loops.

Using some waste yarn, put a few stitches through the centre to hold it put.

Then to make the centre, c/o 5 stitches and work in moss stitch for 3 inches. Cast off and sew the edges together (this can be messy – you won’t be seeing this bit). Slide this loop over the bow and sew in all ends.


3 Comments to “Take a bow”

  1. saw this bow on Ralvery and thought it would be great to make it just a bit longer and use it as a choker! what do you think?

  2. What a great idea! You might want to use slightly finer yarn or it could be a little too big, but I’m sure it would work.

  3. I found this lovely bow whilst trawling simple knitting patterns on Ravelry and am currently on 12 inches!
    Having made ‘learn to knit’ one of my New Year’s resolutions (admittedly, I got a knitting set for Christmas and couldn’t wait to open it, so got a little head start) it is proving very good moss stitch practice. No mistakes so far! I’m actually more worried about the sewing part!
    Anyway, thank you for such a pretty idea, I’m thinking of attaching it to an otherwise dull and boring tote bag.
    Helena x

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