This is a crochet pattern review of the Summer Throwback Crochet Bow Ties designed by Kristin for Gourdgeous Knits. Review done by Kami Jones for Cre8tion Crochet.
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After I was diagnosed with some health problems earlier this year my doctor recommended a short walk every day. Here in Arizona with the weather heating up I have to keep my hair off of my neck; (No idea how I’m going to make it through July and August because no amount of hair ties will make a difference!) On my quest for some simple hair ties I came across these Summer Throwback Crochet Bow Ties by Gourdgeous Knits. They give a plain hair tie just enough extra to make them fun to wear! Good for adults, great for kids (my girls love them!) Better yet you can make one up in less than 10 minutes, and they use less than 5 yards of scrap cotton yarn. The best part though is that you can untie and retie them so you can change them out to match all of your clothes without having to buy a million hair elastics, plus they take up less space when you store them flat; But if you prefer you can buy a million hair elastics and leave them tied.
This pattern is a great way to use up any cotton scraps that you have laying about. They would make a great addition to markets since they aren’t very time consuming. You could also use them as stocking stuffers later on in the year. If you have younger children these would be a perfect back to school gift in a couple of months, and they also work great on headbands if that is your littles favorite way of keeping hair out of their face. Or if you have older kids that are interested in crochet this project is easy enough that a beginner can make it; they may need a little help figuring out how to work both sides of a chain but that’s the most difficult thing you’re going to see in this pattern. Opportunities for these hair ties are endless!
What Materials Do You Need to Crochet a Hair Tie:
- Less than 5 yards worsted weight cotton; I used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton in Aqua Ombre, Lily Sugar N Cream in Ombre Denim and Navy and WeCrochet Dishie in Silver and Kenai
- Size G6/4mm Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle
- Hair accessory (I used hair elastics and a headband)
- Summer Throwback Crochet Bow Ties, Free Crochet Pattern from Gourdgeous Knits
This pattern recommends Lily Sugar N Cream yarn but I used other worsted weight cotton as well (I Love this Cotton and WeCrochet Dishie) with very similar results. Based on my experience I would assume that any worsted weight cotton would work well. Although this pattern could probably be made in acrylic or wool I would caution the repeated tying since these yarns are typically stretchier and can lose their shape; they probably wouldn’t last as long overall.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet Hair Ties:
These took me less than 10 minutes each to make, maybe a little closer to 15 minutes for the bigger one. But I made all 5 in less than an hour including weaving in ends and tying them to the hair elastics.
My hair ties measured 5.5 inches long and about 1 inch long at the widest point when laid flat. My bows were about 3.5 inches long after tying. For the larger bow that I made it added about 1 inch to all of the measurements.
4 SC =1 inch measured in the middle section of the hair tie.
Abbreviations (US Terms):
- dc – double crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- hdc – half double crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- sc – single crochet (Photo Tutorial)
- sl st – slip stitch
I also made an attempt at making a larger one, there are probably millions of ways to do this. My method was adding a second round by ch 1 sc, hdc, hdc, 2 dc, 2 dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sl st 8, sc, hdc, hdc, 2 dc, 2 dc, hdc, hdc, sc, 3 sc, sc, hdc, hdc, 2 dc, 2 dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sl st 8, sc, hdc, hdc, 2 dc, 2 dc, hdc, hdc, sc, 2 sc, sl st to first (my last 2 sc were worked into the sl st of the previous round to keep the edge neat.) This one was harder to tie on and if I were to make it again I would probably add a couple more stitches to the middle section to give a little more space to work.
Some other methods for making them bigger would be using a bigger hook size; you might have to decrease the number of stitches in the middle to keep it from getting too loose and floppy. Using a bulky yarn; you may have to increase the number of stitches in the middle to be able to tie it on. Adding more stitches and adjusting the stitches to add treble or longer stitches. Have fun experimenting with your own ideas!
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