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MissCraftyFingers
« on: November 24, 2010 11:34:29 PM »

I joined a swap on brooch swap on ravelry and has been trying my hands on making a knitted flower. This is my first knitted pattern! Cheesy

Materials
DK weight yarn
3.5mm needles (straight or circular, doesnt matter)
Sewing needle
Sewing thread (matching colour as yarn)
Beads, pearls, buttons or sequins of your preference

Optional (if youre making it into  a brooch):
small piece of felt
Safety pin or brooch pin

Abbreviations
CO Cast on
k knit
p purl
sl1k slip 1 knit wise
sl1p slip 1 purl wise
k2tog knit 2 stitches together
p2tog purl 2 stitches together
BO Bind off

Pattern

Petal (make 6)
CO 8
Row 1: sl1k, k7
Row 2: sl1p, p7
Row 3: sl1k, *K1, YO* (repeat from * to * till end of row)
Row 4: sl1p, P to end
Row 5: sl1k, K to end
Repeat rows 4 and 5 till the work is around 1.75 inches.

Start to reduce on a knit row as follows:
Reduce Row 1: sl1k, k2tog, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Reduce Row 2: sl1p, p2tog, p to last 3 stitches, p2tog, p1
Repeat Reduce Row 1 & 2 till you have 3 stitches left on a knit row. BO all 3 stitches, weave in ends.

Assembly
Thread your sewing needle with thread. Hold the base of the petal and sew it tight for each petal so as to create the crease so the petals will curl. Sew all 6 petals together.

Sew on your beads, pearls, sequins or a button to the centre of the flower.

For Brooch
To make a brooch, you may sew the flower onto a small round piece of felt that fits the underside of the knitted flower and sew on a safety pin or brooch pin onto the felt. You can also sew or hotglue this onto a hairband. Cheesy

Notes
With DK weight yarn (I used Sirdar Wash n Wear double crepe DK),  my flower came to about 4 inches or so. If you are using a thicker yarn and larger needles, you can CO less stitches. I tried with Caron Simply Soft yarn and CO only 6 stitches. It works too. Cheesy I find it easier to sew with sewing needle and thread rather than tapestry needle and yarn for assembly. Its really up to your own preference. But with sewing needle and thread, you will have to make sure that the stithces sewn are very tight otherwise the petals will come loose.

I suggest using yarn that has a bit of sheen, especially if you are putting pearls in the middle. It make the flower a lot prettier!

Hope you enjoy this pattern! have fun making flowers! I did! Cheesy

Blogged at: http://misscraftyfingers.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/a-knitted-flower-with-pattern/
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2010 12:31:45 AM »

 I love this! I so want to learn to knit shapes like this. I don't understand a couple things. Like the abbreviations, DK weight. Is that the same as sport weight? Or sock weight? These are real cute; I'm going to save your pattern.
Thanks!
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MissCraftyFingers
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2010 12:48:46 AM »

DK means double knitting. I guess it's light worsted yarn. You can use sock yarn or sport weight yarn too. The thickness of the yarn will affect the size of the petals. You can cast on more for thinner yarn and cast on less for thicker yarn. Glad you like it!  Cheesy
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brambory
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2010 01:53:14 AM »

Very cute! I love the colours you chose
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