Free pattern! A super-sweet bow

We’ve only gone and found the perfect last minute make to fill that final stocking or wow a nearly forgotten pal (we all do it).  Make this gorgeous bow as a last minute gift for her or him (with a little adaptation!) there’s still time…

YOU WILL NEED

■ Yeoman Panama 4ply 20g Salmon (111) (used doubled) or similar

■ A 4mm (US G/6) hook

MAIN BOW PIECE With Salmon doubled, ch17 loosely. row 1 16dc beg in second ch from hook, turn. [16 sts] row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st to end, turn. Rep row 2 until piece measures 6cm. Fasten off.

CENTRE OF BOW

With Salmon doubled, ch5 loosely. row 1 4dc beg in second ch from hook, turn. [4 sts] row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st to end, turn.

Rep row 2 until piece measures 6cm. Fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn. Use the tail of yarn to sew the two short edges together to make a ring, and leave the tail of yarn attached.

BAND

With Salmon doubled, make a length of chain measuring 100cm long, do not fasten off. With stitch markers or pieces  of waste yarn, mark a stitch every 20cm along this chain.

o 1 D cDc in the second ch from the hook, ch for 20cm, dc in the first marked st nearest the hook (make sure the ch isn’t twisted). *Ch for 20cm and dc in the next marked st. Rep from * until the row of ch matches the first length and dc in the very first st of the ch, turn.

Row 2 Ch1, dc in the first dc of the previous row. *Ch for 20cm, dc in the top of the next dc. Rep from * until the end of the row.

Fasten off  and weave in ends.

MAKING UP

Put the ring over the main bow piece, and position it centrally with the seam of the centre piece at the back. Use the tail of yarn on the centre piece to secure the gathers of the bow and to sew the two pieces together. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Tie the band around the head and position the bow before sewing to the band.