Thursday, September 25, 2014

Chunky Crochet Bow Tie

Ever since we moved into our new apartment I feel like my yarn stash is out of control.  I am really trying to make an effort to use up my remnant scraps of yarn so I have less I'm hanging onto "just in case" I need it.  With 16g left of the Chilean cotton yarn I used in the Blue Beary Hat, I decided to make a matching crocheted bow tie.  I pulled out my size I crochet hook and prepared to whip up a cute accessory.

The pooling is CRAZY cool.  I got in the sweet spot of of the repeat to get a regular pattern.  I was a little concerned about how the pooling would turn out using a variegated yarn for the bow tie, but this is just SO cool.  I know there are ways to calculate the repeat to get the pooling to happen in awesome ways, but I've never tried it before.  I don't think I would have achieved this if I had tried.

I followed the pattern as written with one exception, I twisted the bow so the seam could go up the back rather than being on the top or the bottom of the bow tie.

With the last two yards of yarn, I held it double and crocheted a chain to be the neck band.  But I was only able to chain 25 sts, not 50.  It wasn't quite long enough to tie around a neck.  So I did a single stranded chain for the neck band.  I chained 55 sts on the I hook.  It was too thick for me to slide through the band I wrapped around, so I used a needle and sewing thread to secure it to the back.

Guys, I DID IT!  I used 100% of a ball of yarn with NO remnants!  This is something that is completely gone from my stash, and it makes a wonderful baby gift for the newest little guy in my life.

I like this bow tie so much that I'm going to need to make one for Lucky.  Hopefully I'll love another one as much when I use a different kind of yarn...  I couldn't resist trying the to-be-gifted bow tie on Lucky.  He didn't love wearing it but oh boy did he look dapper.

Crochet bow tie modeled by 10 month old Lucky

Crochet bow tie modeled by 10 month old Lucky