Originally, this pattern was supposed to be a whole scarf - tons of tiny sunflowers sewn together to make a stole. But, I gave up on that - other projects got in the way. I still want to make that stole, some day, maybe... eventually...
Anyway, these flowers would make a cute summer garland, or maybe a headband, or just knit up individually as coasters, brooches... whatever! The uses for knit flowers are seriously limitless. I know. I've made around a dozen of these puppies. For amazing results, pair one with two knit leaves!
Anyway! Hope you enjoy this little pattern - it's more a set of notes than an actual 'pattern' - and if you make something totally inspired, let me know and I'll feature you! :)
- Around 30 yards of MC (brown) and around 15 yards of CC (yellow) - Sample was knit with Cascade 220, but since this is not wearable (or even stuffed) gauge is less important.
- Size 5 dpns
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Techniques : This pattern assumes a basic knowledge of knitting in the round with dpns, knitting, purling, working with more than one color. If you don't know any of these techniques - try them! :)
- CO: Cast on
- K: Knit
- K2tog: Knit two stitched together - 1 st decrease
- Kfb: Knit in the front and back of a stitch - 1 st increase.
- P: Purl
- Rnd: Round.
- St: Stitch
- YO: Yarn over
CO 4 stitches with MC (Brown). For the first row, Kfb all sts. You now have 8 sts. Join these sts to knit in the round.
Rnd 1 and all odd rnds in MC: P all sts
Rnd 2: Kfb all sts (16 sts)
Rnd 4: *Kfb, K1* Repeat * to * (24 sts)
Rnd 6: *Kfb, K2* Repeat * to * (32 sts)
Rnd 8: *Kfb, K3* Repeat * to * (40 sts)
(Note: If desired, this circle can be made larger by increasing regularly in this pattern - just increase evenly by 8 stitches until the circle is one inch less than the desired diameter of your flower.)
K 1 round with MC before changing to CC.
Change to CC (Yellow). K 3 rounds.
Petal round: *K2tog YO* Repeat * to *
K 3 more rounds.
Change to MC. K 1 round with MC, then begin decreasing.
Rnd 1 and all other rnds in MC: Purl all sts (n/40 sts)
Rnd 2: *K2tog, K 3* Repeat * to * (32 sts)
Rnd 4: *K2tog, K 2* Repeat * to * (24 sts)
Rnd 6: *K2tog, K1* Repeat * to * (16 sts)
Rnd 8: K2tog all sts (8 sts)
Finishing: Cut yarn, leaving about 6 inches of tail. Using a yarn needle, thread tail through live sts and pull tight to cinch shut; weave in ends.