Iris Mini Bow – Free Crochet Pattern


The iris stitch has a lovely lace appearance and is the featured stitch in this pattern. Made with worsted weight yarn, this mini bow works up so fast and is a really great way to work through some of those small balls of yarn you might have in your stash.

My testers made this bow in about 15-30 minutes so it’s definitely a quick make and can be an adorable addition when stitched onto other projects.

Find the free crochet pattern below…

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– This pattern is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– This bow can be stitched onto other projects as a cute accent
– Gauge is not important for this pattern
– Finished bow measures approximately 3 ½ inches x 2 ½
 – Row 1 might look a little uneven but will straighten out as the pattern progresses
– Turning CH 3 counts as a stitch throughout
– Special stitch tutorial for the iris stitch is included below
– Extra photos can be found on the last page for optional printing
– Ideas for use: attach to hats, headbands, wreaths, scarves, baskets, cozies, bags, hair clips, hair elastics

Materials Needed:
– Approximately 16 yards of worsted weight yarn (I used Mary Maxim Glimmer)
– 5mm hook (these are great options: Furls Streamline, WeCrochet Dots, WeCrochet Radiant)
Yarn needle
Measuring Tape

SK – Skip stitch
SS – Slip Stitch
CH – Chain
DC – Double Crochet

Special Stitch Tutorials:
Iris Stitch –
The iris stitch is made up of “2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC” all in one stitch. It is worked into each CH 1 space of the iris stitch from the previous row. When stitch count is mentioned at the end of the rows, it is referred to as an “iris cluster”
Detailed Tutorial:

CH 23 but leave a few inches of yarn tail at the beginning

Row 1:
Into the fifth CH from your hook, *place 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC. SK the next 3 stitches*. Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Place 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC into the next stitch. With 2 CH stitches remaining, SK 1 stitch and place 1 DC into the last stitch. CH 3 and turn [photo A].

(5 iris clusters each containing 4 DC and 1 CH stitch, one CH 3 [at the beginning], 1 DC stitch [at the end])

Row 2:
For this row and each row after, you will only be working your iris clusters into the CH 1 space of the iris clusters from the previous row.

SK the first 2 DC and place 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC in the next CH 1 space. *SK the next 4 DC stitches and place 2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC in the next CH 1 space.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times. SK the last 2 DC stitches and place 1 DC into the top of the turning CH 3 from the previous row. CH 3 and turn.

(5 iris clusters each containing 4 DC and 1 CH stitch, one CH 3 [at the beginning], 1 DC stitch [at the end])

Rows 3-4:
Repeat row 2. After completing row 4, do not CH 3 and turn. Fasten off and leave a long tail (approx. 21 inches) for seaming [photo B].

Bring your two short ends together and seam them together using the yarn tail (I used a whip stitch but please use the method of your choosing). You do not need to seam the top and bottom edges of the bow. Do not fasten off. [Photo C]

Bow Shaping:
Wrap the beginning CH yarn tail and the seam yarn tail around the centre of your bow, going in opposite directions. As you wrap, gently pull to tighten up the middle of the bow. Secure both yarn tails together at the back with a knot. Trim and weave in ends [photo D].

If you want to stitch your bow onto other projects, you can choose not to trim the ends after knotting and use those tails to attach the bow to your projects. My fantastic testers told me they enjoyed this stash buster pattern and shared some lovely photos with me:

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I hope you had fun making your own Iris Mini Bows! Happy crocheting!


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