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Her Ribbons & Her Bows

Ev’rybody knows
That Baby’s got new clothes
But lately I see her ribbons and her bows
Have fallen from her curls

– from Just Like a Woman, by Bob Dylan

I love ribbons.

Organza ribbons that look like watercolours…

my favourite things

Velvet ribbons with the dark sheen and softness of night.

velvet ribbon

Satin ribbons like running water.

dark ribbon

I love the whipping sound they make in the wind.

I love feeling like a Victorian child when I walk into a haberdashery shop & see all the rolls of ribbons lined up like sweets.

I’ve used ribbons in my designs before. For this cropped cover-up


… for the Country Stockings I mentioned on Thursday

Country Stockings detail

& for the small & simple KniTwit Bracelet, which is nevertheless rather a nice opportunity to showcase a bit of pretty ribbon. I have a lot of small lengths of ribbon that I’ve snipped from clothes & tags, and keep in my oddments box. Do you do that too?

Recently, my love of ribbons reached new heights when I discovered Minty, from S/S 2010 issue of Knitty. Except for a few eyelets, you just knit around and around, which means that Minty takes all of a few hours to knit. I have had more comments on my Minty hats than any other hat I’ve knit. My boyfriend even stole asked for my first one (which was black & had icord). The second, pink one, you may have seen on Wednesday’s post, hanging out on my shelves.

pink minty

The third is grey & I worked the “pepperminty” crown shaping, just for a change. :) I switch out the ribbons to better match my outfit. When I went to Istanbul for the weekend, I even put a couple in my pocket, so simple!

minty with ribbon

Ribbons are definitely my embellishment of choice. They can be hip or elegant, simple or sophisticated, and at a pinch, you can use them to wrap up parcels. :) Of course, ribbons are nothing without bows. Do you know how to tie the perfect bow? Or maybe you’d just prefer to knit one

bow wristlet pouch

P.S. I hope you will excuse the delay in releasing the Bow Pouch pattern. This week has been such whirlwind of blogging, I thought it would be best to save it for next week.

2nd April, 2011  // Inspiration // tags: , , , , , , .


  1. Tammy says:

    Very nice! I have to find that pattern!

  2. Mags says:

    Yup. I’ve got lots, and lots of ribbon. Mostly to be used for stabilising and finishing, rarely for embellishing. And for tying in my hair :D. knitting is definitely better for all the pretty ribbons and buttons.

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  6. Marny CA says:

    If I live to be 5,000 years old there would be not enough time to try everything in my Learn To-Do List.

    This cornflower stitch is cool — but I doubt I would do more than just knit it by itself.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  9. Ruth says:

    I would like to make your Trigonometrician shawl and would like to know when it will be available for sale? Please reply to my email address. Ruth

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