My #YarnHeroes Yarn Giveaway! Crochet for Charity this Holiday Season! PLUS Free Crochet Pattern for Cute Bows!

The #YarnHeroes has its own site now, YarnHeroes.com! Check it out! I think it’s pretty cool if will be year-round movement! Here’s a link to my original post about the Yarn Heroes and our mission to help you crochet for charity. You can also find my pattern for Candy Cane Wristwarmers. Below you’ll find a pattern for some cute and easy puffy crocheted bows that you can turn into hair accessories, corsages, belts, Christmas tree decorations, wreath decorations, shoe clips, purse-pins, pretty much anything and everything! I originally designed these bows to make shoe clips for a Bee and Puppycat outfit, but they are really great for holidaytimes, too. You can create a cute embellishment for a wide range of your charitable crocheting, and you can also make the bows themselves for charities such as BowDazzling. So far, Bow Dazzling has delivered over 29,000 bows and headbands to children’s hospitals. Pretty amazing!

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AND NOW: Giveaway info! Lion Brand will send TWO winners each 2 balls of yarn of your choice (PLUS a pack of Lion Brand BonBons) to make your own pair of Candy Cane Wristwarmers and a bow or two. I made my wristwarmers with Kitchen Cotton in Bubblegum and Hot Pepper, but each winner can choose whatever Lion Brand yarn and colors you like. I think Vanna’s Choice would also be perfect! My green bow is made with Bonbons, and the white one is Vanna’s Glamour.

To enter to win, simply comment my blog with one of your own Yarn Hero moments, whether it was someone who was a Yarn Hero to you, or a charitable cause you crafted for, or what future Yarn Hero plans you might be cooking up! You have one week until Wednesday, December 7th at midnight PST. Please note that this giveaway is open only to USA/Canada, and you must be 18 or over to enter. I will choose the winners randomly with Random.org. Please only one entry per person.

Also at the Yarn Heroes website, you’ll find information about a $250 yarn giveaway happening this month. AAAAND don’t forget, while shopping at LionBrand.com, you can use code YARNHEROES16 for $5 off any order that’s over $20 or more for your charitable crafting, only until December 15. AAAAAND, don’t forget to check out the blogs of the other 14 Yarn Heroes for their free patterns, plus some of them are hosting giveaways of their own!

[Moogly] [Mama In A Stitch] [All About Ami] [One Dog Woof] [Sewrella] [Delia Creates]

[Underground Crafter] [Sh*t That I Knit] [Kristy Glass] [Two of Wands]

[Make & Do Crew] [A Crocheted Simplicity] [Little Red Window]  [B-Hooked Crochet]

Tag photos of your charitable crocheting/knitting with #YarnHeroes so we can see all your awesome work!

Now, onto some cute bows!

Cute Puffy Bow Crochet Pattern!

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What you’ll Need

  • approx. 30 yards worsted weight yarn
  • H8/5.00mm crochet hook
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors

Finished Size

Worked with Kitchen Cotton and H hook, my red bow was 5 inches wide.

Abbreviations
ch(s): chain(s)
FLO: front loop only
hdc: half double crochet
prev: previous
rnd(s): round(s)
sl st: slip stitch
st(s): stitch(es)
(   ): work everything inside the parentheses into the next stitch

Special Stitches

inv hdc dec, or invisible half double crochet decrease (I think I just made that up, but I don’t know what else to call it or how to indicate it): YO, insert hook into FLO of next st, then insert hook into FLO of st after that. YO, pull through 2 loops. YO, pull through remaining 3 loops.

Notes

  • I prefer the right side of the work to appear on the outside of the project.
  • You can crochet a bow basically by making one rectangle as the main body of the bow and then a smaller rectangle to bind the center of it together. In this pattern, we will crochet in the round so that our bow is double-thick, PLUS, we’ll be using decreasing and increasing to give our bow a nice, fancy shape.

Main Part of Bow

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Ch 44 and sl st to 1st ch to form ring, making sure there is no twist in the chain.

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Rnd 1: Ch 2 and work 44 hdc evenly around. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (44 sts)For the remainder of the Main Part of Bow, work the first hdc of the next rnd in the same st as your ch 2 (or the joining sl st from the prev rnd).

Rnd 2: Ch 2. 8 hdc evenly, inv hdc dec 3 times, 16 hdc evenly, inv hdc dec 3 times, 8 hdc evenly. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (38 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 2. 6 hdc evenly, inv hdc dec 3 times, 14 hdc evenly, inv hdc dec 3 times, 6 hdc evenly. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (32 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 2. 4 hdc evenly, inv hdc dec 3 times, 12 hdc evenly, inv hdc dec 3 times, 4 hdc evenly. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (26 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 2. 4 hdc evenly, (2 hdc) 3 times, 12 hdc evenly, (2 hdc) 3 times, 4 hdc evenly. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (32 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 2. 6 hdc evenly, (2 hdc) 3 times, 14 hdc evenly, (2 hdc) 3 times, 6 hdc evenly. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (38 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 2. 8 hdc evenly, (2 hdc) 3 times, 16 hdc evenly, (2 hdc) 3 times, 8 hdc evenly. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (44 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 2. Hdc evenly around. Sl st to 1st hdc to join. (44 sts) Break off and weave in ends.

The seam will be the center back of your bow.

Center Band

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Ch 14. Sk 1st ch and work 12 sc evenly across. In the last ch, work 3 sc. Working on the other side of your foundation chain, work 12 sc evenly across. Break off leaving 12 inches of yarn for sewing. Weave in other end.

Assembly

1. Consider securing the shape of your bow first by pinching the center and running a threaded tapestry needle through the center a few times, making sure everything looks symmetrical. This way, the Main Part won’t move around while you sew on the Center Band.

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2. Wrap the Center Band around the middle of the Main Part and sew the ends of the Center Band together at the back of the bow (where all the seams are).  Tie off and weave in ends.

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All photos and text are copyright © 2016 Twinkie Chan Inc. All rights reserved. Please do not sell or distribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may sell finished items you make from this pattern with a credit to “Twinkie Chan” as the designer. If you have any questions, please contact me using the Contact button at the top of my blog. Thank you!

 

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16 Responses to My #YarnHeroes Yarn Giveaway! Crochet for Charity this Holiday Season! PLUS Free Crochet Pattern for Cute Bows!

  1. Samantha Parry says:

    I would love to crochet some mats or pet beds for my local humane society.

  2. Kasie says:

    I’m so inspired by the generousity of crocheters and knitters who create for charity. It really warms my heart and I’m enjoying crocheting to help others!

  3. Helen says:

    Hi Twinkiechan, The last charitable cause I participated in was making newborn baby hats at the library. You got some cute bows there!

  4. I made the Puppycat doll from your pattern and put it in an auction where all proceeds benefit the Oregon food bank. I also donated two scarves.

  5. Alondra says:

    It was probably make an elephant crochet plush for a friends baby shower. It was quite fun.

  6. Karen Brathwaite says:

    Wow Ms. Twinkie, those cute bows are fantastic! Keep up the good work and God bless you and your family.

  7. Brady Shuman says:

    I crocheted a few star shaped afghans after the Boston Marathon bombing. It was soothing for me to work on while I watched the news, and I hope comforting to someone staying in the hospital or supporting a victim.

  8. Wehaf says:

    I usually make hats for the local hat drive, but my favorite yarn hero moment was when my mom crocheted me an afghan to take to college with me.

  9. Michelle Waite says:

    I finished up my two boxes of hats that I will deliver to the Catholic Community Services where I live. I am thinking about making some of the Candy Cane Wristwarmers…in various colors next. I am really loving crochet right now because I can turn out more creations in less time than it takes me to knit. I will always be a crochet/knitter, but right now I am having fun exploring crochet a lot more.

  10. I would love the chance to make something for someone. I once made 10 quilts and donated them to my church for distribution. It is great to be able to help others!

  11. Wendy R. says:

    My daughter in law is my yarn hero! She makes the cutest creations with no pattern. She made me the most adorable little crochet hedgehog.

  12. Gladys says:

    Hi Twinkie Chan, thanks so much for sharing your patterns. Your designs are always super cute! I like making amigurumi and other goodies for friends and family, and I’m looking into donating to local charities.

  13. Bow Dazzling appreciates Twinkie Chan’s support as a Lion Brand Yarn Hero! The puffy bow is super cute and the girls in the hospitals would love them. https://www.facebook.com/BowDazzling

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