How to Crochet a Bow

Turn a Granny Square into a Cute Hair Bow

Granny Square Crochet Hair Bow
Kathryn Vercillo
  • 01 of 08

    How to Crochet a Bow

    Pinch Crochet Square to Make Bow
    Kathryn Vercillo

    There are many different ways to crochet a bow. However, the simplest option is often the best one. You can easily make a crochet bow by crocheting any size square or rectangle. Then simple pinch the middle to create the shape of the bow. You can keep the middle pinched by wrapping yarn around it, stitching it, or—as you'll see in this crochet hair bow tutorial—making use of a rubber band.

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  • 02 of 08

    Granny Square Crochet Bow: Materials

    Materials for Crochet Hair Bow
    Kathryn Vercillo

    You can use any yarn and crochet hook to make a crochet bow. The choices you make affect the ultimate size of the bow. For this crochet bow project we are going to use:

    Supplies:​​

    • 3 colors of worsted weight yarn*
    • Small rubber band
    • Rubber band-style hair tie

    *Of course, if you want a solid-colored bow, you could work all three rounds of this project using the same color.

    Tools

    • Size J/10 6.00 mm crochet hook
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  • 03 of 08

    Classic Crochet Granny Square: Round One

    Mint green crochet granny square
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Starting with the first color, which is mint, crochet the first round of a classic crochet granny square. Here are the steps:

    • Chain three
    • 2 dc in third chain from hook
    • Chain two to create the first corner​
    • 3 dc in same space (that third chain from hook)
    • Chain two for second corner​
    • 3 dc in same space (that third chain from hook)
    • Chain two for third corner
    • 3 dc in same space
    • Chain two for fourth corner
    • Slip stitch to top of first chain three to close the round

    Finish off and weave in ends.​

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  • 04 of 08

    Classic Crochet Granny Square: Round Two

    2 round crochet granny square
    Kathryn Vercillo

    It's time to make round two using the second color which is yellow. Join the yellow yarn in any corner.

    • Chain three​ in the corner where you joined the yarn
    • 2 dc​ in same corner space​
    • Work all of the following in next corner space: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
    • Repeat previous step two times​ 
    • 3 dc in remaining corner, which is the same corner where you started
    • Chain two
    • Slip stitch to top of first chain three to close the round.

    Finish off and weave in ends.​

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  • 05 of 08

    Classic Crochet Granny Square: Round Three

    3 round crochet granny square
    Kathryn Vercillo

     Join the third color, which is the lilac yarn.

    • Chain three in the corner where you joined the yarn.
    • 2 dc in same corner space
    • 3 dc in next space​​
    • Work all of the following in next corner space: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc
    • Repeat the previous two steps two times
    • 3 dc in next space
    • 3 dc in next corner, which is the same corner where you started​
    • Chain two
    • Slip stitch to top of first chain three to close the round.

    Finish off and weave in ends.​ Now you've crocheted your granny square, which is what you will use to make the crochet bow.

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  • 06 of 08

    How to Crochet a Bow with a Granny Square

    Crochet tri-colored hair bow
    Kathryn Vercillo

    In order to turn a crochet square into a crochet bow, you have to pinch the center then secure it shut. In this DIY, you'll pinch the center then use the small rubberband to keep it secure. Simply slip the rubberband on to the center of the square where you have pinched it shut. You may need to fluff out the edges of the crochet bow to get the shape exactly how you want it. 

    Now you know how to crochet a bow!

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  • 07 of 08

    Add a Hair Tie to Make a Crochet Hair Bow

    Back of crochet hair bow
    Kathryn Vercillo

    In order to turn this crochet bow into a hair bow, you just need to add the rubber band-style hair tie.

    Turn the bow over so that the wrong side of the granny square is facing you.

    Slide the rubberband-style hair tie underneath the rubberband that you used to secure the square into a bow. 

    Pull one end of the hair tie through the other end to create a knot. 

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  • 08 of 08

    Now You Know How to Crochet a Bow

    Crochet Hair Bow Tie
    Kathryn Vercillo

    That's it; you've created your crochet hair bow tie!

    You can use this same basic idea ​to turn any crochet square or rectangle into a bow and/or hair bow tie. If you use a crochet square, you'll get a fat bow like this one. If you use a rectangle, you'll get a skinnier crochet bow.

    Play around with different colors and shapes to create ​different crochet bows. Instead of attaching them to hair ties, try attaching the bow to a ribbon, a pin back, or a headband. Now that you know how to crochet a bow, you can make so many different things.