Free Crochet Pattern - Chunky Bobble Bows

Free Crochet Pattern - Chunky Bobble Bows

I can't believe it's Friday already! I am very happy about the long weekend the Bank Holiday brings. I am also very happy crocheting these bobble stitch bows - I've had to stop myself making them before they take over the house...

Free Chunky Bobble Bow Pattern - Lululoves

These bows are great because they can be added to virtually anything. I sewed on some brooch backs that had crocodile clips attached (I'm not sure what these are called but I found them on eBay). This meant I could use them to decorate cushions, cardigans, hats, scarves, coats or even hair clips without having to commit to sewing them on!

The bows measure around 19/20cm and are best made using super bulky/chunky weight yarn and a smaller hook than recommended. I found this the best way to get a nice firm bow that doesn't curl in on itself. You can use medium (aran or worsted) or bulky weight yarn but you will most likely have to work with 2 strands to achieve a similar result. 

The yellow bow was made using 2 strands of Jarol Sweet Briar Chunky and the cream bow was made using 2 strands of Hayfield Bonus Aran. They both came out around the same size as the others but I did find it a bit harder working with two strands of thick yarn. I've photographed them next to the bows I made using 1 strand of super chunky yarn so you can see how they compare.

I've listed the other yarns I used in one of the photos below. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. :))

Crochet Chunky Bobble Bows - Lululoves


Attach to cushions or coats...

Crochet Chunky Bobble Bow Pattern - Lululoves

...or make some serious headpieces!


Crochet Chunky Bobble Bow Pattern - Lululoves

Wendy Serenity or try Wendy with Wool Super Chunky

Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool

Sirdar Big Softie Super Chunky

Chunky Crochet Bobble Bow - Pattern

This pattern is written in UK terms. Turning chains do not count as stitches. I've added a few photos below to show what the bow should look like as it's made up. This pattern is really simple but just make sure you count your stitches at the end of each row, as it's easy to miss them when you're working bobbles.

Yarn: Super Bulky/Chunky (for alternatives read text above)

Hook: 7mm (shop my favourite tools here)

Tapestry Needle


Chain = Ch

Double Crochet = Dc (US sc)

Bobble Stitch = Bobble // I'm using a bobble made up by crocheting 4 trebles together in the same stitch (tr4tog or US dc4tog) (Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop [3 loops on hook] yarn over, pull through 2 loops [2 loops on hook], *Yarn over insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull though 2 loops* repeat from * to * x 3 until you have 5 stitches on hook, yarn over and pull through all 5 remaining loops.)


Foundation: Ch 16 + 1 for turning

Row 1: 1 Dc in each stitch across, ch 1 to turn (16)

Row 2: Dc in 1st stitch, bobble in next, dc, bobble, dc, bobble, 4 dc, bobble, dc, bobble, dc, bobble, dc, ch 1 to turn (16) - the bobbles will appear on the other side of your work.

Row 3: Repeat row 1

Row 4: Repeat row 2

Row 5: Repeat row 1

Row 6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: Repeat row 1,

Row 8: Repeat row 2,

Row 9: Repeat row 1, fasten off and sew in ends.  

You should now have a flat rectangular piece of crochet (see photo 4)

Crochet Chunky Bobble Bow Pattern - Lululoves

Using the same yarn (or a different colour if you choose) wrap the yarn several times over the centre of the piece to create your bow. Don't wrap it tight as it will just make the sides of the bow curl too much. Once you're happy, knot and hide ends. Sew on brooch attachment or sew directly onto your item - Yippee!


I hope that all makes sense if you have any queries please feel free to ask.


Bye for now. Em xx

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Comments (52)

  • Alessandra


    04 May 2013 at 01:25 |
    thank you for these adorable bows!!!!
    xxxxx Ale
    • Lululoves


      04 May 2013 at 08:01 |
      You're welcome :)) Thank you for commenting. Have a lovely weekend. Em xx
  • Alana


    04 May 2013 at 08:28 |
    These are great:) The soft pastel colours really work with the bobble design. I'm still fairly new to crochet so bobble will be something new for me to try. Thanks for the directions:)))
    • Lululoves


      04 May 2013 at 09:46 |
      Thank you :) These are a great way to try a new stitch - Just remember to use some good chunky yarn! Em xx
  • Natalie


    04 May 2013 at 11:36 |
    These are fab and just what I need, I have two events this weekend and being heavily pregnant I'm going to wear the same dress to both and I've made a bump band with crocheted flowers for one event but this bow will be perfect for the second I just had to find the time to whip one up before tomorrow.
    • Lululoves


      04 May 2013 at 14:23 |
      What a lovely idea! Don't forget to use some super chunky yarn or double up on Aran/worsted weights. Enjoy your busy weekend (and make sure you find time to put your feet up!) Em xx
  • gailvee


    04 May 2013 at 20:44 |
    Love the bows:) Very detailed tutorial and easy to follow. Thank you:)
    • Lululoves


      04 May 2013 at 21:47 |
      Thank you! Em xx
  • karen


    04 May 2013 at 23:20 |
    I am thinking of trying these cute bows using variegated #10 thread and steel hook size us8 to make hair barrettes for my granddaughters. Do you think that would work?
    • Lululoves


      05 May 2013 at 18:15 |
      Hi Karen, I have not tried them with anything so fine. Maybe if you double up the cotton it would work better - I found when I used one strand of worsted they were a little floppy & really you need them to be stiff to hold their shape. By all means try but you may need to experiment with your hook size (go smaller than recommended) they don't take long. I'd love to know how you get on. Em xx
  • Melissa


    04 May 2013 at 23:27 |
    I love this pattern! Thank you so much for posting it. I've already finished my first bow, in pink. I'm sure I'll be making many more. I'll be blogging about it next week too.

    I really like your granny pillow with the bow. I think I'm going to make a blue or green and white pillow and attach my pink bow. Thanks for the inspiration. :)
    • Lululoves


      05 May 2013 at 18:07 |
      You're welcome :)) Thank you for commenting & sharing - I will pop over & say hi! Em xx
  • Ruta


    05 May 2013 at 07:09 |
    Oh my, these bows are adorable! I have no words to describe how lovely they are :)
    • Lululoves


      05 May 2013 at 18:08 |
      Thank you - you are very kind.Em xx
  • knitnrun4sanity


    05 May 2013 at 15:27 |
    Really going to have a go at these. Thanks for sharing. Xxx
    • Lululoves


      05 May 2013 at 18:08 |
      Thank you lovely :) xxx
  • claireabellemakes


    06 May 2013 at 13:09 |
    I LOVE these! Definitely going to try them. Thanks for sharing the pattern Em x
  • Tracy


    07 May 2013 at 23:43 |
    Oh....My....Word! These are the cutest things I've ever seen crocheted!! And a pattern, too??!! Just incredible! Thank you so very much ♥
    • Lululoves


      08 May 2013 at 08:56 |
      Thank you xx
  • Rachel


    08 May 2013 at 11:47 |
    Bobble stitch is my favourite. It's just so cute!
    • Lululoves


      08 May 2013 at 12:43 |
      Mine too :)) Em x
  • Ruta


    11 May 2013 at 08:49 |
    Hello. I am following your blog for quite a while. Therefore I have nominated you for The Dragon's Loyalty Award. See my latest post for the details if you want to accept the award. Thank you for inspiring and teaching me. Keep up the good work. Happy Blogging. With Love Ruta :)
    • Lululoves


      11 May 2013 at 09:49 |
      Thank you for thinking of me & for your kind words :)) I will pop over and have a look. Thanks for reading. Em xx
  • Jessicah


    12 May 2013 at 22:24 |
    This is such a cool bow! I re-wrote the pattern in US terms so I wouldn't get confused :)
    Its going to be a bow tie for my little Louis
  • Free patternsforcrochet

    Free patternsforcrochet

    04 June 2013 at 13:12 |
    Stunning, beautiful work and lovely pictures.
  • Ellie


    30 June 2013 at 20:03 |
    Hiya, I have just made one of these and plan to make a few more. Take a look and let me know what you think :)
  • Liz C.

    Liz C.

    03 July 2013 at 01:44 |
    Oops! I am somewhat new to your blog and forgot that this pattern isn't in American terms. I doubled two strands of chunky and had the biggest bobbles you have ever seen! :-) I figured it out now and am making a headband for my little girl. Thank you so much for this adorable pattern.
    • Lululoves


      03 July 2013 at 13:11 |
      Oops sorry I will have to make that clearer in my patterns - I bet your bobbles were massive! xx
      • Liz C.

        Liz C.

        03 July 2013 at 16:55 |
        The bow rivaled Minnie Mouse's! :-) maybe I'll try that for an afghan or something! and its no fault of yours, I should've remembered that! Thanks!
  • Laura


    06 August 2013 at 09:28 |
    These are lovely. I'm hoping to use this bobble stitch part of your pattern to make a rug :))
    • Lululoves


      07 August 2013 at 16:00 |
      Oooh that's a great idea - would make such a great rug. I'd love to see it when you've finished. Em xx
  • Mary


    11 August 2013 at 01:52 |
    This is my first visit to your site. You have a beautiful site. I come across these bows on Pinterest. They are out of this world! Just one question. What are the differences in your terms and American term? Thank you very much.
  • Joanna


    17 August 2013 at 19:06 |
    Mine just made a circle at the end of row 2 :(
    • Lululoves


      23 August 2013 at 15:34 |
      Hi Joanna - I'm not sure how that happened? Were you working in rows? At the end of row 2 you work your last dc/sc into the final stitch then ch 1 to turn your work before starting row 3? Were you using chunky yarn as suggested? Em :)
  • Viv Smith

    Viv Smith

    22 August 2013 at 09:22 |
    Absolutely adorable! Love the colours you have used too. This is so tempting me to attempt to crochet again! xo
  • Martine


    26 October 2013 at 21:00 |
    Très beau modèles, facile à réalisé, je suis débutante en crochet. Merci encore.
  • julmi


    21 November 2013 at 13:29 |
    love this pattern....this is new pattern 4 me.....thanks 4 sharing this pattern.....bubblen stitch is new for me..I will try this..
  • Tiffany


    17 December 2013 at 11:45 |
    I love your pattern! I adapted it to make a smaller bow for my daughters hair band tie. I used a 4.25 mm hook and the between rows I made single crochet so the puffs were puffy. When I was wrapping the yarn around the middle I also wrapped it around the hair tie. She and I love it!
  • ceanothe


    29 December 2013 at 12:37 |
    Hi! I love them! Where, and how can I buy one or two. And, how to fix it in my hair?
  • Cheryn


    03 April 2014 at 16:42 |
    I really love this pattern, I'm crocheting it up for the first time, and was so confused!! It's the first time I've had to convert from UK to US crochet terms!!! Got it all worked out now though, and wow I love this.
  • Lee Ann

    Lee Ann

    18 May 2014 at 13:24 |
    What a pretty bow pattern! I just love this! Thank you very much for posting! :). :)
    Lee Ann

    Crochet...Gotta Love It!
  • Olga


    09 June 2014 at 20:20 |
    I love it!! And I really enjoyed the how-to!! Thanks a lot. I showed it here
    • Lululoves


      27 June 2014 at 11:40 |
      Beautiful x
  • Janet


    28 August 2014 at 03:22 |
    Thanks so much for this patter! Bow came out really pretty.
  • Manon-Camille


    06 September 2014 at 09:55 |
    Hello, Thank you very much for this pattern, so easy and quick. I made one and I will definetly make more !
  • Angelica


    10 September 2014 at 19:08 |
    How cute! Thank you so much for this lovely pattern, hugs from Spain
  • Christy


    29 October 2014 at 07:43 |
    very nice bows. i love it! cant imagine it is so easy to follow! thanks for sharing!
  • Caitlin


    12 July 2015 at 07:01 |
    Hey, i love the look of this pattern, i was just wondering if you have a pattern for the pillow that was in the second picture you used. It looks super cute :) thanks
  • Kiah


    07 November 2016 at 06:08 |
    I know that you talked about yarn. Beside using chunky yarn what are some others hinge I can do the get my bow a bit stiffer? Also, on mine the ends keep curling up. Could that be tension related?
    • Lululoves


      13 January 2017 at 11:28 |
      You could try working two pieces at a time. If you would like to make it stiffer you could try blocking with some starch spray. Em xx
  • Lauren McNaughton

    Lauren McNaughton

    19 September 2017 at 15:43 |
    So you happen to have the pattern for the pillow as well? I'd love to make it as well :)
    • Lululoves


      20 September 2017 at 19:04 |
      Hello, the pattern for the cushion is just a standard granny square. If you google search granny square pattern there are loads of brilliant tutorials. Em x

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