I’ve been through some weird pixel phase recently . I’m not sure how would I describe what having a pixel phase means or where could it come from. Maybe it was from learning web design, another phase of mine 🙂 Anyway, it finally have manifested as making pixelated hair bow clip. Why I like this clip so much is that when you think about it, it is a little girl’s hair decoration put in serious context, avant-garde I’d dare to say!
My pixel bow is knitted flat, in one piece. I folded finished piece on half, joined tops together, bottoms together and then the sides were joined together as well. After that I got rectangular piece of fabric 4 inches wide and 2,8 inches tall.
Now, here is the written pattern with photo instructions so you can make one yourself.
The pattern goes something like this:
A – white color
B – black color
KB/ KA – knit with B/A
PB/ PA – purl with B/A
- Level: easy/intermediate
- Rows that are entirely worked in purl/knit stitch, are always worked with B
- When you are working with A, try to make your stitches less tense than you normally would (mine are bit too tight so they don’t show as nice as they should)
With B, cast on 59.
Row 1: Knit entire row.
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.
Row 4: with B, purl entire row.
Row 5: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.
Row 6: with B, purl entire row.
Row 7: with B, knit entire row.
Row 8: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.
Row 9: with B, knit entire row.
Row 10: with B, purl entire row.
Row 11. with B, knit entire row.
Row 12: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.
Rows 13-16: repeat knit and purl rows, ending with purl.
Row 17: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.
Row 18: P2A, P1B, P2A to the end of the row.
Rows 19-25: repeat rows 17 and 18, ending with row 17
(Note: now you will be repeating rows 1-16, only in opposite direction)
Rows 26-29: repeat rows 10 and eleven, ending with knit.
Row 30: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.
Rows 31-33: repeat knit and purl rows, ending with knit.
Row 34: P2B, P1A, P2B to the end of the row.
Rows 35-36: knit one row, purl one row.
Row 37: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.
Row 38: purl
Row 39: K2B, K1A, K2B to the end of the row.
Row 40: purl
After folding it in half, joining tops, bottoms and sides together it’s time to somehow you attach it to the hair clip! I was first thinking of gluing two pieces together but glue would irreversibly ruin my pretty piece of fabric which I attentively knitted for hours (I’m a knitting newbie plus using tiny needles and thin yarn). So I decided to sew two pieces together, which at the end looks like this:
Take you needle and a thread, make a knot at the end of the thread and pull it through the fabric as shown on picture below:
Then, pull the needle through the whole center piece of the fabric, a shown on picture below. Repeat that several times until you feel that your bow is secure enough.
Now attach the hair clip as shown on picture and sew it to the fabric securely.
This is it! I hope that instructions were clear enough and that you have decided to make one yourself! You can see how the final product looks on my hair:
I wanted a minimalist feel to my bow so I chose to go with black and white. I would encourage you to experiment with more vivid colors. Whatever you choose to do, I would love to see the result, so please share it! Another idea would be to make a broche out of it – just glue it to a large pin. Or you can attach it to a rubber band, like I did few years before with this pretty bow:
Happy making people! I hope you will enjoy it and wear it with proud! 🙂