Knitted Flowers. For Knitting Dummies.
How to knit a flower! Disclaimer: I am by no means a knitting expert. But the fact that I ended up with neat-looking flowers should tell you that YOU CAN do this! I will share some of my trials and tribulations, and show you some pics along the way!
We're past scarf season here in Jersey, and I left my squares for Warm Up America at work... so I needed a new project. I used Nicki Epstein's pattern from Craft:. I have never used a pattern before or knitted anything other than a scarf!
1. Use a size 8 needle. I used a 10, and a 5. These are the resulting flowers:
2. Cast on 10 stitches.
Row 1: Knit them.
Row 2: Purl them.
Now it gets trickier. Row 3: Knit front and back (an increase to double from 10 stitches to 20)
I looked this up... YouTube is a wealth of knitting advice. Knit Witch makes this nice little video.
and now we have 20 stitches.
Row 4: Purl
5. Row 5: kfb again. Now we've got 40 stitches.
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: kfb again (up to 80 stitches!)
Row 8: Purl again
Now we can bind off. See how it starts to curl up?
Once you have the flower off the needle, you can make the leaves. Another disclaimer: Nicki Epstein's leaves look WAY better than mine.
Cast on 5 stitches.
Bind off 5 stitches. Move 1 remaining stitch to left needle.
Cast on 8 more with that one. Then bind them off.
You are supposed to double the yarn before you do this, and if you notice in the 2 pics above, I didn't [forgot to] do that. You end up with skinnier leaves. See?
In the leaf where I did double the yarn on the left, I also dropped 2 stitches accidentally, which is why it's so squat.
I include these boo-boos to show that you do not have to be perfect to get good results. I am the hastiest knitter, and know that my first attempts at something are going to kinda suck. Ten flowers from now, I won't be dropping stitches. I also don't believe in normal colors for things. This doesn't use much yarn at all, so you can use whatever you have laying around. I like a tone-on-tone effect.
Oh yeah, so then you twirl the flower up so it looks like the pictures, pin or hold the leaves to the back, and sew them together with some coordinating [or contrasting] embroidery thread. You have to sew back and forth a lot to make sure it stays.
What can you do with these flowers? Well, besides the ideas on Ms. Epstein's pattern, I came up with these examples.
hot glued to a plastic headband,
sewn on a pretty clutch,
or around the base of a boring lampshade.
Have fun knitting! Feel free to leave comments or link to your completed projects!