Applique or Hair Embellishment


  1. 10g of 10ply yarn = 15m (16.5 yds) approx. 
  2. 4.5mm knitting needles you can use straight or circular needles, but the piece is knit flat
    • NOTE: You can also make with 8ply yarn and 3.50mm needles
  3. Tapestry needle
  4. Scissors
  5. Measuring tape
  6. (Optional) Hair clip, hair tie or headband, depending on where you want to attach the knit bow – the bow can be sew to garment if desired.


Gauge is not critical for the success of this project. If knit in Aran weight and 4.5mm needles it will give a 9cm x 5cm (3.5in x 2in) bow, approximately.


K: knit

P: purl

sl1k: slip one stitch knitwise


Cast on 9 stitches, leaving a 25cm (10in) short tail

Row 1: knit all stitches

Rows 2-46: sl1k *P1,K1* Repeat between * and * until the end of row, 4 times total

Row 47: knit all stitches

Bind off, leaving a 100cm (40in) long tail


You will now have a rectangle measuring 18cm x 5cm (7in x 2in).

Using the short tail and the tapestry needle, sew both ends together, without twisting the fabric. Place the seam in the middle. Without releasing the short end, pinch the fabric transversally and slip the thread gathering the center of the bow, where the seam would be hidden.


Wrap the long end around the gathered center, hiding whatever is left seen from the seam, as many times as desired. If you are going to put it in a hair-tie or hair-band, I suggest you already wrap the long end around it at the same time you are wrapping it around the bow -see below.


Then tie the long and short ends into a knot and weave in the ends in the back of the bow. If you are going to attach it to a hair clip or pin instead, you can finish off the bow and then sew it to the clip or pin using a thinner sewing thread. You can also simply sew directly onto garment for decoration on slippers, childrens clothing, or anywhere you need a bow.

Finished Result made into Hair Band

Tutorial - Knit Hair Bow