Liberty Bow

Crochet a bow like never before with this cute and patriotic take on the large bow trend that little girls love. Complete with stripes and polka dots reminiscent of the American flag, your little girl will love wearing this bow to go watch the fireworks.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 7” long x 4” wide (each crochet ribbon measure 2” width)

Gauge: Stars ribbon strip – 5 sc/hdc and 6 rows = 1” (2.5 cm)

Stripes ribbon strip – 2 shells and 4 rows = 1” (2.5 cm)

Materials

Lace weight yarnYarn: Aunt Lydia’s crochet thread Fashion Crochet Size 3 (100% Mercerized Cotton, 150 yards [137 meters]/50 grams): #0805 Blue Hawaii (A, 1 ball), 0201 White (B, 1 ball), # 0006 Scarlet (C, 1 ball)

Hooks: US size D (3.25 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle, 3” curved alligator clip

Special Stitches

2 dc cl (cluster)

Yo, insert hook in st, yo, pull lp through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull lp through st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook, ch 1 to close cluster.

2FPdc cl (Front Post double crochet cluster)

Yo, insert hook from front to back and to front again around the vertical post (upright part) of next st, yo, pull lp around the st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, insert hook from front to back and to front again around the vertical post of the same st, yo, pull lp around the st, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook, ch 1 to close cluster.

Pattern Notes

On the blue star ribbon strip the rows following the star rows are worked with the stitches crocheted around the stitches of the star row. To do this you will work in the same sts as the previous star row. These new stitches will somewhat cover up the ch-sps and sc stitches so that the stars (Front Post cluster stitches) are more prominent.

Pattern

Blue Star Ribbon Strip

Row 1: With A, ch 56, working in back bump of chs, sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (55 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in each st across, turn. Drop A, do not fasten off. (55 hdc)

Row 3: With B, join with sl st in first st, ch 1, sc in first st, 2 FPdc cl in next st, sc in next st, *ch 2, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 FPdc cl in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across, end with ch 1, sk 1 st, sc in last st. Fasten off. Do not turn. (11 FPdc cl sts)

Row 4: Pick up A, ch 1, sc around first st into the sc of Row 2, sc in top of cluster st, sc around the next sc, (sc around ch-2 sp into the skipped st below) twice, *sc around next st, sc in top of cluster st, sc around next st, (sc around ch-2 sp into the skipped st below) twice; rep from * across, end with sc around ch-1 sp into next skipped st, sc around last st, turn. (55 sc)

Row 5: Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn. Drop A. (55 hdc)

Row 6: Join B with sl st in first st, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 1, sk 1 st, *sc in next st, 2 FPdc cl in next st, sc in next st, ch 2, sk 2 sts; rep from * across to last 2 sts, end with 2 FPdc cl in next st, sc in last st. Fasten off. Do not turn. (11 FPdc cl sts)

Row 7: Rep Row 4.

Row 8: Rep Row 5.

Row 9: Rep Row 3.

Row 10: Rep Row 4.

Row 11: Ch 1, sc in each st across, 2 sc in last st, sc in ends of rows around to Row 1.

Fasten off.

Red and White Stripes Ribbon Strip

Row 1: With C, ch 56, working in back bumps of chs, sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each ch across, turn. (55 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, (sc, dc) shell in first st, *sk next st, shell in next st; rep * across, sc in last st, turn. Do not fasten off. Drop C. (27 shells)

Row 3: With  B, join with sl st in first st, ch 1, shell in first sc, *sk 1 st, shell in next sc; rep * across, sc in last st, turn. (27 shells)

Row 4: Ch 1, shell in first sc, *sk 1 st, shell in next sc; rep * across, sc in last st, turn. Do not fasten off. Drop B. (27 shells)

Row 5: Pick up C, rep Row 3.

Row 6: Rep Row 4. Drop C.

Rows 7-8: Pick up B, rep Rows 3-4. Drop B at end of Row 8.

Rows 9-10: Pick up C, rep Rows 3-4. Do not turn at end of last row, sc down the sides of rows around to Row 1. Fasten off.

Center Strip

Make a magic ring, ch 2, 2 dc cl in ring, tighten ring, turn, *ch 2, 2 dc cl in previous cluster st, turn; rep from * for a total of 10 cluster sts.

Tie a loose knot in center of this strip.

Finishing

Taking the Blue Stars Ribbon Strip, weave in the white thread ends along the wrong side of piece. Do the same for the Red and White Striped Ribbon Strip.

Place the short ends without sc edging of each strip together and sew ends together.

Weave in all remaining ends.

Form Bow

Keep the center seam in the middle.

With the Blue and White Stars Ribbon Strip on the left, fold strip to the back side forming a 3.5” long loop.

Fold the same strip again so the remaining tail shows the right (or front) side.

Now fold the Red and White Striped Ribbon Strip to the back to form a 3.5” long loop.

Fold the remaining strip again so the tail shows the right or front side.

Being careful not to lose the bows folds, cinch up the center of bow.

With a double strand of either color thread wind around the center of bow several times as tightly as possible, tie off in back of bow. Take the center strip and place the knot at the center front of bow, tie ends together at the back side of bow.

Weave in any remaining ends.

Sew the back of bow to the hair clip. Secure all ends.

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