Sunday, January 8, 2012

Little Knitted Flowers


Hello from Zwalle, The Netherlands!

For Christmas this year, I wanted to make a little something for all 15 of the chorus girls in my show, so I decided to knit them cute little flowers with safety pins on the back so that they could attach them to anything they would like.  There were two very definite perks to this project.  Perk number one was that each flower didn't require very much yarn so I could use leftover yarn from other projects, and perk number two was that each one only took about 20 minutes to knit so I could make a whole bunch of them in a short period of time.  Oh, and did I mention that they're cute and can attach to anything?

Here's what you will need to make these:


  • Just a little bit of yarn per flower

  • Size 7 needles

  • Tapestry needle

  • Scissors

  • Large safety pins

And here's how you make them:


  • Row 1: Cast on 3 stitches

  • Row 2: Purl

  • Row 3: Knit front and back of each stitch in the row

  • Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have 48 stitches (first there will be 3 then 6 then 12 then 24 then 48 stitches on the kneedles)

  • Purl one last row

  • Cast off

As you cast off, the yarn will curl off the kneedles like this:


Once you have fully cast off, the yarn will already be twirling around naturally, so let it curl up like a flower, attach the tapestry needle to the loose ends and sew them in so that they hold the flower together.  Once the shape of the flower is secure, wrap those same ends around the safety pin to attach it to the bottom of the flower like this:



And with that, you've got a little flower that you can pin onto your hat or your coat or your scarf or your sweater or your mittens or...




xoxo
Laura

13 comments:

  1. Just darling- would love to see them on a jacket or hat!!

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  2. Lucky gals. Nicely done tutorial and very versatile flower that will dress up a lot of stuff--giving something old a terrific makeover. Thanks for the candy. :D

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  3. Aaaw thanks! And thanks for reading my blog!

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  4. The flowers are so lovely! I will make 1-2 for myself.

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  5. So cute! I'm about to learn to sew flowers. We'll have to compare notes! <3

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  6. I have incorporated these little flowers in a project of mine that I'm blogging about today. Are you OK with me posting a link to this post of yours?

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  7. I would love that! I'm looking forward to seeing your project.

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  8. I tried to use you pattern but i think you must have left something outbecause at the end of th efirst 3 rows i still hads 3 stiches. I am going to make my own patern but this is a good idea. ;)

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  9. I appreciate that you tried to point out an error in the pattern, so thank you. You are making an error on step 3. "Knit front and back" is a type of stitch increase that will double your number of stitches. If you type it into youtube I bet you'll be able to find a video tutorial to learn that increase. Once you know how to do that, you will be able to follow this pattern and make these flowers with ease.

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