When I saw this adorable bow headband tutorial by Stephanie from A Common Thread, I knew I had to try to make my own. While I loved the idea of creating a stylish headband from yarn scraps, I also wanted my bow to be more versatile. Wouldn’t it be great if I could transform my bow into a hairclip or a necklace at every fashionable whim? I sure thought so, and so I created my own bow with an open back where either a chain or hairclip can easily be inserted – depending on where my stylish whim takes me.
Here’s how I made my version of this fabulous idea!
- DK weight yarn from your stash
- U.S. size 9 knitting needles
- Yarn needle
- I happened to have some new DK weight yarn that I wanted to try out, so I used that instead of the recommended worsted weight yarn for this tutorial. I also used larger sized needles so my bow would come out light and delicate.
- To begin, CO 13 stitches and knit the seed stitch for every row until you have a rectangular piece that’s six inches in length. You can use any stitch you like – garter stitch, daisy stitch, stockinette stitch – I just love the texture of the seed stitch and thought it would make a stunning accessory:
- Once your rectangle is long enough, BO and weave in the ends. Take some more yarn of the same color and CO 5 stitches. Continue knitting the seed stitch (or whatever stitch you selected for step 2) for every row until your tiny rectangle is three to three and a half inches long.
- Take your smaller rectangle and wrap it around the middle of the larger rectangle and sew sides together. I also attached the sides of the smaller rectangle to the top of the larger rectangle to increase stability.
- You’re done! If you want to wear your new bow as a necklace, simply thread a chain through the back of the bow. Want to put it in your hair? Slip a metal hairclip through the back and you’re ready to go. I hope you enjoy!
How will you use your bow? Tell us in the comments!