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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...
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. :))
Attach to cushions or coats...
...or make some serious headpieces!
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)
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)
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