How To Knit A Bowtie

How to Make an Easy Seed Stitch Knitted Bow


Here’s a quick tutorial to make a pretty seed stitch bow that you can put on pretty much anything. Ok, actually everything, why limit yourself!



You will need:

Yarn, the heavier the yarn the bigger the bow.


A pair of needles 0.5mm bigger than the recommended – I find this gives it a bit of drape but not too much. Use a smaller size if you want a stiffer bow.


A darning needle





Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 1, purl one to the end of the row. Repeat this row for a total of 30 rows. Cast off loosely, weave in all ends. Thread a length of yarn, approx 30cm, onto a darning needle. With the thumb and index finger of the hand not holding the needle, pinch the middle of the knitting so you get two even ridges. Sew the middle together with a few stitches and then wrap the remaining yarn around the middle of the bow. Fasten off yarn and weave in ends. Do not cut the yarn until you are finished the project, in order to avoid running out.

If you add a broach back or even a safety pin to the back of these you can pin them to hats, bags, scarves or shirts as a bow tie and change the look when you feel like it.  (From




The first video is very basic knitting, if you have never done it before, this video will help you learn:

The second video is a tutorial of the bow pattern above, (I know it says to use “straight” knitting needles, and the ones we have provided are circular, but if you just follow the pattern, and go back the opposite way when you reach the end of the row, they’ll work the same way):



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