I spent about an hour looking for crochet bow tie patterns online and found none that I liked. Every pattern I could find used yarn and I really don't like the way they look in the end. So at the end of the hour, I decided to write up a pattern of my own using thread instead for a more tight and classy look.
Size 10 Crochet Thread (See below for type)
Size 7 / 1.65mm crochet hook
Needle for weaving in ends
Starch (If you want to starch the ends. I recommend it.)
I have had several questions about the type of thread used for this pattern. The "thread" needed is NOT the kind you would use for sewing or embroidering. You need crochet thread. This is the kind of thread you will usually see used to crochet doilies or lace-type tablecloths. I usually use the Red Heart Classic Crochet Thread you can find at nearly any Walmart (as my town lacks anywhere else to buy yarn, thread, etc.). You can usually find it close to where most stores stock their yarn. At Walmart it is usually on the same isle as the yarn. In other stores like, Hobby Lobby or Joann's, they usually stock it on the end of an isle. No matter what brand you end up buying, they will all look similar to the pic below.
· Decrease Row: Ch 1, turn, sc 2 tog, sc in next st and in each st across
· Increase Row: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next st and in each st across
Pattern: [Main pattern makes a large "Bow" when tied. For a smaller sized "Bow" use stitch numbers inside ( ) In rows where you do increases and decreases, you will end up doing 5 less rows then the pattern says for the smaller sized "Bow" ]
1. Ch 21(16), turn sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (20 (15) sts)
2-4. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
5-19. Decreased rows. (Last row will have 5 sts.)
20. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
21-35. Increase Rows (Last row will have 20 (15) sts.)
36-43. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
44-58. Decrease rows. (Last row will have 5 sts.)
59-203. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across. (If you need this bow tie to fit larger or smaller neck sizes, simply add or leave off rows from this section)
204-217. Increase rows (Last row will have 20 (15) sts.)
218-225. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
226-240. Decrease rows (last row will have 5 sts)
241-242. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
243-257. Increase Rows (last row will have 20 (15) sts)
258-261. Ch 1, turn, sc in each st across.
262. Without turning, sc in each st around the outside of bow tie. Join with a sl st to first st of previous row. Fasten off and weave in ends.
It is a good idea to starch the ends of the bow tie to get it to stand up right when you tie it. If you do not starch it, it has a softer, floppy sort of look and the ends will curl over on themselves a bit.
This pattern works up fairly quickly considering the small size of thread. I think it took me about 2.5 hours and that was with me typing out the pattern as I went.
Have fun with this one! This pattern can easily be adapted to use more than one color. (stripes, outside border a different color, etc.) I would love to hear how the pattern works for you and as always feel free to comment with any questions you have.