Knitted Flower

Flower pins are hot embellishments, useful for everything from bags to jackets to hats. You can knit one — or two, or an entire garden's worth — up lickety-split with this simple pattern.

Materials

I Yarn: Worsted-weight yarn for flower, 50 yards, any color; worsted-weight yarn for leaf, 25 yards, contrasting color

I Needles: One pair of US size 8 (5 mm) needles (or size appropriate for yarn); sharp yarn needle for assembly

I Other materials: Pin back (available from craft stores, or cannibalize your jewelry drawer); straight pins to hold piece during assembly

Directions

Cast on 40 sts.

Row 1 (and all odd-numbered rows): Knit.

Row 2 (and all even-numbered rows): * K1, inc 1; repeat from * to end of the row. (Note: You're making a ruffle by increasing into every other stitch on every other row.)

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 1>2 inches from beg. Bind off.

To mold the knitted piece into a flower shape, follow these steps:

  1. Starting at the short edge, roll the piece until it resembles a rose or a peony.
  2. Stick straight pins into the flower from the sides to hold it while you stitch the bottom.
  3. Using your sharp yarn needle threaded with the same color yarn as your "petals," grasp the top edge of the flower and sew around the bottom edge, placing your needle all the way through from one side to the other as you go to hold the layers together.

Don't be afraid to pull your stitches tight. It looks more flowerlike if the bottom edge is smaller than the top.

To make a leaf, knit a small square with your contrasting yarn and seam the right and bottom sides together to make a cuplike leaf shape. Sew the leaf to the back side of the flower, and sew on the pin back.

Part VI

Appendixes

■ My ant more stitch patterns? How about a list of knitting resources to explore? This part includes two appendixes devoted to just those things. Check out Appendix A for a bunch of additional knit patterns and Appendix B for a slew of Web sites, software programs, books, and magazines devoted to knitters.

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