So I started making hair pretties! Check out my Etsy shop to see my barrettes and bobby pins.
I never thought of using my knitting chops to make hair doohickeys until my friend posted this pic on Facebook:
And lo and behold, I thought "I can do that!" Cue the looming-disaster music. Actually, taking a close look made me realize that a knitted hairbow is really just a rectangle tied around the middle. What could be easier?
So I knitted a rectangle out of pretty yarn (Noro Kureyon, for the curious):
Pinched it in the middle:
And wrapped around the middle to anchor it.
But can I be happy with moderate success? Of course not. I had decided to cast on at the short end, but the sides of my test bow looked a little sloppy. So I switched to a slipped stitch edge to make the sides neater. (This just means I slipped the first stitch of each row purlwise, rather than working it in pattern.)
Then I thought, why not try casting on the long edge? I think too much sometimes. Bad idea.
Sitting back to admire my handiwork on a chunkier bow (Spud & Chloe yarn), I realized that the original picture looks more like the purl side than the knit. So I flipped the bow around, and I liked that even better! Yay!
Then just for kicks I decided to make a tiny bow on sock yarn. (Atacama alpaca ..love!) And this way by far my favorite, and will be available for sale as a clippie / ponytail holder on my Etsy shop - as soon as I get around to buying some clippies or elastics. Keep an eye out for it!
Have you tried knitting or crocheting hairbows? Share a link and your advice!