How to crochet a bow tie

It’s Tutorial Tuesday and it’s time for a new how to! What about this crochet bow tie. Perfect for parties, weddings and special events, this adorable accessory will make any little boy look even cuter on the big day! Designed by Delia Randall of Delia Creates, it’s a lovely touch for birthdays and celebrations…

This free crochet bow tie pattern is perfect timing for spring or summer weddings… and it complements our free wedding supplement perfectly, don’t you think?

So, here’s Delia Randall, from Delia Creates. Over to you, Delia.

As a mom and a crafter, I love to create things for my children. I had been busy coming up with some fabric bow ties last spring for my two boys, and thought it would be fun to try my hand at some crocheted ones while I was at it. They happened to turn out great, and added some cool texture and warmth to my son’s dressy attire. They are a great beginner crochet project and come together quickly. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did!

These should only take you 30 mins to an hour to make. They are pretty easy and do-able even for a beginner crocheter. When you sew your pieces together, mistakes or inconsistencies become a little less visible so it’s a good first project.

Here’s what I did. First hook size. I used a 3.75mm hook, I don’t think it matters too much for this project. Just keep in mind that the smaller the hook the tighter the stitches will be and vice versa.

The crochet pattern

I used 4 ply worsted weight yarn in cotton and acrylic. You can use a thinner yarn if you want, but you may need to increase the number of stitches to get the length you want.

How to crochet the main bow tie piece

Row 1: chain 34

Row 2: turn and, in the second stitch from the hook, single crochet to the end (33 stitches)

Row 3: turn, chain 2, double crochet to the end (32 stitches – the 2 chain counts as one to equal 33)

Row 4: turn, chain 2, half double crochet to the end (32 stitches – the 2 chain counts as one to equal 33)

Row 5: turn, chain 2, double crochet to the end (32 stitches – the 2 chain counts as one to equal 33)

Row 6: turn, chain 2, single crochet to the end (32 stitches – the 2 chain counts as one to equal 33)

Tie off and weave in the loose ends with a yarn needle. Whip stitch the two ends together by hand to form a loop.

Now for the remaining pieces…

How to crochet the neck band

Measure your intended wearer’s neck. Chain the length of that person’s neck circumference.

Turn, and in second chain from the hook, double crochet to the end. Tie off and weave in the ends with a yarn needle.

(Note: I made mine too long. When you add the second row, it stretches a little. So chain just short of the neck circumference and you should be fine.)

Middle section of crochet bow tie

Now for the little piece that brings it all together.

Step 1: chain 13 stitches. Just enough so that it can squeeze over the bow tie and cinch everything nice and tight.






Step 2: Then turn, and single crochet in the second stitch from the hook to the end. (12 stitches)

Chain 2, single crochet to the end. (11 stitches not including the chain 2)

Repeat to desired width. I ended up with four rows.




Step 3: Tie off and weave loose ends in with a yarn neede. Then whip stitch the two ends together by hand.

Now turn sewn pieces right side out so you have two nice neat loops. Slide the smaller loop over the bow tie piece.

Before you slide the neck band through the little loop too, hand stitch a cute little button to one end.

You don’t have to make a button hole on the other end, because there are a plenty of crocheted holes already there. It makes sizing a cinch. Just slide the button into any hole. That is why we used a double crochet stitch.

You could try a novelty button for extra decoration… such as this one… I have to say, though, that I love the look of this teddy bear button, but in all honesty, it is not that practical when it comes to actually buttoning it up. It works, but not very well.

You can really make the bow tie as long or as wide as you want. Play around with the rows and stitches to make your bow tie as unique as you like. How about stripes…?

Thanks to Delia for sharing this free crochet pattern with us. It’s adorable and perfect starter project for beginners. Delia’s got loads of gorgeous DIYs on her blog Delia Creates. Well worth a look, especially for those of you with little ones!