After many months of not blogging cakes and cupcakes, I’ve decided to expand the contents of my little blog to include other lifestyle categories like crafting, sewing, home decor, beauty etc… I hope you enjoy these posts in other categories, but don’t worry, I’m not abandoning cakes entirely! For my first crafty post, I wanted to share this project for a knit bow to put on your pet’s collar. My aunt brought Penny this green bow for Thanksgiving that she got at Target. It was so adorable, and Penny didn’t even mind wearing it!
I took a look at how it was made, and it’s easy to make at home! I made her a new bow to wear on Christmas, and this is how I did it.
- 2 colors of worsted weight yarn. One for the main bow color, and one for the center of the bow (I used very inexpensive acrylic yarn from Daiso, no need to splurge on fancy yarn for this!)
- US size 7 knitting needles
- Darning needle
- Sewing needle and thread (any color, it won’t show)
- 1/2 inch wide elastic (any color, it won’t show either)
- Measuring tape
For this knitting, all you need to know how to do is cast on, knit stitch, and cast off. Easy! I’m just re-learning to knit, and YouTuber Very Pink Knits has great tutorials that I will link to in this post. No, I don’t know her or anything, I’ve just found her videos really clear and helpful!
Start off by casting on 17 stitches in the color you want to use for the main part of the bow (watch this if you need to learn to cast on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN9cNEozOLc). This bow is 4 inches tall and 5 1/2 inches wide. Cast on more or fewer stitches if you want to make a larger or smaller bow.
Then just keep knitting until you have a rectangle that is about 11 inches long. Cast off. (video for how to cast off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIRuzLUDk7o). Use your darning needle to weave in the ends.
Fold the ends of the rectangle in to the middle point. Thread you darning needle with the same color of yarn, and stitch the 2 end together. You will end up with a round tube shape, like a cozy for a huge cup of coffee!
Pinch it together with your fingers along the seam you just made. It will look like a bow!
Now pick you your other color of yarn, and while pinching, start wrapping the yarn around the center point very tightly. Wrap as tight as you can, and keep going until things keep their shape without you holding it. Don’t cut the yarn yet, just put it down while we work on the next step.
Now we just need to make an elastic loop on the back to hold the bow to your pet’s collar. Cut a 2 inch piece of elastic and thread your sewing needle. Put the ends of your elastic together and start sewing in a zig zag motion up and then back down the seam. It does not have to be pretty! Just keep stitching in a zig zag until the loop holds together when you stretch it.
Now pick up the yarn again and cut it off about 2 feet from where you’re working on it. Continue wrapping the center but this time weave it through the elastic loop to help hold it on.
Now your bow is finished! It looks about the same as the store bought one!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, see you next time!