How to Crochet an Amazing Pull-String Bow – Free Pattern

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This free crochet pattern is for a Pull-String Bow and made easily without having to buy the ones from the store. This Pull-String Bow is also reusable and fun for children to play with.

It was the day before Christmas. I was wrapping the presents my family for Christmas Day. Every year while I wrap the presents, I realize that I always buy these bows that are either ready to be glued on to the wrapping paper or the ones where you pull the string and then magically make a bow. They are gorgeous, provide some extra beauty to the presents, but are such a waste of money.

Once my family is finished unwrapping their presents, those pretty bows always go right into the trash. It makes me sad that I can’t reuse them in years to come.

My Break-Through Moment About Why I Designed the Pull-String Bow

So it dawned on me! I could crochet my own bows and pull-string bows. I already designed a single color bow, as well as a multi-color bow. All that was missing was an amazing and magical pull-string bow.

But I wanted the pull-string bow to look like a ribbon pull-string bow that makes you feel really special when you pull that string and create an amazing looking bow. That feeling when you see your children pull that string and create a bow and say “Wow!” just makes the moment extra special.

When you think of a bow, what color do you think of right away? Red, right? That is exactly the answer I got from my husband when I started designing the Pull-String Bow pattern. And it worked on my first try! I was so worried that after I created this long crochet ribbon it would not work.

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In fact, I really did my research and looked at videos, photos and an actual ribbon pull-string bow to make sure I would make a crochet one that looked very similar with the same kind of features.

When I finally finished it and pulled that string to see whether it created a bow, I was in awe, when I saw that bow right in front of me. It looks so beautiful. And it is reusable! You can make yourself one, too.

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As most of my followers love easy and quick projects, as well as video tutorials, I can promise you that this free crochet pattern delivers just that. It is made out of simple single crochet stitches with a few decreases and increases. Plus you do not have a lot of yarn to weave in. It is simple and easy and can be made in about 2-3 hours.

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So let me now get started and tell you what you will need in order to crochet this amazing pattern.

How to crochet the Pull-String Bow


Stitches used (US terms):

Click HERE to learn these basic stitches

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = increase
  • dec = decrease


4 rows x 4 sts = 1 square inch

Final Size:

8 (diameter) x 3 (height) inches


Read my detailed and surprising crochet tip, why I do not like turning chains and not use them at all for sc and hdc.

Make the following long ribbon TWICE!

Ch 8

R 1: starting from the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch, turn

R 2 – 23: 1 sc in each st, turn

start crochet pull string bow

R 24: 1 sc dec, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, 1 sc dec, turn

R 25: 1 sc dec, 1 sc, 1 sc dec, turn

R 26: 1 sc dec over 3 sts, turn

R 27: 1 sc, turn

R 28: 3 sc’s into the 1 sc, turn

R 29: 1 sc inc, 1 sc, 1 sc inc, turn

R 30: 1 sc inc, 1 sc in the next 3 sts, 1 sc inc

crocheting pull string bow

R 31 – 54: 1 sc in each st, turn

Repeat rows 24 to 54 seven more times

Then repeat rows 24 to 30 one more time

Finally, crochet the following for 23 rows: 1 sc in each st, turn

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Pull string bow crochet

Making the Pull-String Bow

First, block both crocheted ribbons with a steamer and a blocking board (Tutorial for it is HERE).

Steam crochet Bow on Blocking board

Then lay the 2 pieces of ribbon on top of each other and tie the thin areas together with a knot (not too tight) and weave in the ends.

tie crochet pull string bow

Next, measure the length of the ribbon and multiply it by 2 and cut a piece of yarn in that size. Now, weave the yarn through the knotted areas from one to the next. Once you reach the end of one side, weave it through a small area of the ribbon as well (see video for more details) and now weave your yarn all the way back through the knotted areas.

You are now done and can pull the string to create the bow.

pulling string to make bow

Look how beautiful that bow is. You can now finally use crocheted pull-string bows that are reusable every year without having to worry about wasting money on new ones. You can also make them smaller, by either crocheting them not as wide (use less than 7 sc’s per row), decrease the length of the ribbon pieces or use thinner yarn with a smaller hook. And of course, you can also make them multicolored or in different colors all together.

Pull String Bow crochet pattern

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  1. I love this bow. Do you have a shortened version of the pattern? I made a small crochet Christmas Wreath. The space I want to hang it small. Your pattern would work if it’s ok to take out 2 panels on each length. Is it ok for me to do this
    Thank you

    1. You are welcome. Yes, you can make it smaller by shorten the panels (width and length) or make less of them. You can also use thinner yarn with a smaller hook. Many possibilities to try out.

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