This little crochet bow is the perfect quick make if you're in need of a last minute gift. We've designed this free crochet bow pattern as a headband, but with a little adaptation you could easily turn it into a hair clip, a brooch or even a stylish bow tie! And if you can't get enough of beautiful bows, you could also check out our free crochet bow tie pattern, or get out your fabric supplies and try learning how to sew bow ties!


You will need

Any 4ply yarn - we'd suggest Paintbox Yarns Cotton 4ply (100% cotton, 50g/170m) in a colour of your choice.

A 4mm (US G/6) hook


You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.


This crochet bow pattern uses 2 strands of yarn worked together throughout.

Free crochet bow pattern


Main bow piece

Ch17 loosely.

Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch along, turn. [16 sts]

Row 2 Ch1 (does not count as st), dc in each st to end, turn. Repeat row 2 until piece measures 6cm.

Fasten off.

Centre of bow

Ch5 loosely.

Row 1 Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch along, 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.

If you fancy making a whole range of headbands (one for every occasion), we've got some fab patterns for you to try! Why not hook our free crochet headband pattern which features a beautiful butterfly, or embrace your inner flower child with our free flower headband crochet pattern. Or try some other crafts with our free headband knitting pattern or learn how to sew headbands.


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.

Row 1 Dc in the second ch from the hook, ch for 20cm, dc in the first marked st nearest the hook (make sure the chain 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.


We hope you've enjoyed this free crochet bow pattern. Don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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