Pattern: Knitted flower

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    Before starting a project, read through the entire pattern text. If there is something you do not understand, this pattern may not be for you. I do not offer pattern support on my free patterns.


    Use a yarn you like, although I think a rather thin one makes the best result.
    Needle size depends on which yarn you are using. If you are in doubt, go down one size for a tight fabric.

    The flower in the photo is made in fine one strand alpaca ("Du store alpakka"), on 2,5 mm needles.
    Cast on 12.
    Row 1: Slip 1, knit 11.
    Row 2: Slip 1, purl 11.
    Row 3: Slip1,*knit 1, yo*
    Row 4: Slip 1, purl.
    Continue in stockinette, slipping the first stitch on every row. When the petal is 60% of desired length, bind off 2 in each side every other row.
    Knit 5 more petals or as many as you want.
    Sew together in the middle. Decorate with a button, some beads or what you like.

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    1. awakenan 78 months ago

      Wonderful flower! I love it. I was sitting here trying to make one to go on top of a simple knitted hat for a toddler, and I'm afraid I've had an attack of stupid.

      Following the directions, if I sl1, then *k1 yo* on row 3, I wind up with one extra stitch, which I assumed I should knit.

      But then I have a major bunch of stitches, and the next row I'm suppose to just sl1, purl.

      It's not looking like a flower petal. I know I'm doing something wrong, but I just can't see it.

      Thank you!


    2. Strikkelise 78 months ago

      Sounds like you're doing it right. It's supposed to become very wide before narrowing again. The sides will curl in, and it won't be so wide when it's finished.

    3. :Salihan 78 months ago

      I made one and put it on my new knitting bag. Looks great! Thanks for the pattern!

    4. hipster45 75 months ago

      beautiful!! thank you so much for posting the pattern!

    5. iluvgolf22003 75 months ago

      I am a VERY new knitter and pattern reading is a challenge. I got to the part where it instructs me to "bind off 2 in each side every other row". Does that mean I bind off 2 stitches at the beginning and end of every other row? I'm sure it's very simple....but I've gotten this far with my petal and don't want to mess it up now. I LOVE the flower and can't wait to figure out how to do it correctly.

    6. Strikkelise 75 months ago

      luvgolf2003, you´ve understood it correctly.
      I haven´t written how to decrease (Norwegians are notorious for all the implicit stuff in patterns), but I suggest this:
      Knit 2 together through back loop twice at the beginning, and knit 2 together twice at the end, of every row.

    7. iluvgolf22003 75 months ago

      Thanks....I'll try that and see how it goes.

    8. porotto 72 months ago

      aww I usually dislike knitted flowers, but I really love this one! *__*
      I might try to make one later, thanks for posting the pattern! :D

    9. z$ 70 months ago

      I'm taking this pattern to Stitch 'n' Pitch tonight for the SF Giant's game!!! Thanks for posting!

    10. Margo and George 69 months ago

      The curling petals are what does it for me. Thanks for posting the instructions!

    11. Strikkelise 69 months ago

      growgoddess, to be perfectly honest, I don't remember how I did it.

      I suppose basting the petals together in a ring, then pulling so that they will be a bit gathered, before fastening them with little stitches.

      You will cover the sewing with your button or beads, so you can afford to improvise a little.

    12. thinkponies 68 months ago

      very pretty!
      thanks so much!!!

    13. Maison Milli 68 months ago

      Thank you so much! It is true, knitted flowers are so different from crocheted ones. More fluttery, I do not know how else to describe it.
      Could I felt it?


    14. Strikkelise 68 months ago

      You could felt it, but it would loose (some of) its curl and bounce.
      If I were to felt a flower like this, I would felt the petals in a laundry bag before sewing them together.

    15. el debreeze eh 65 months ago

      I love this flower and I'm knitting it to give to a friend who had pink cosmos in her wedding bouquet. :) But I'm also a beginner and don't want to risk guessing wrong.

      Could you please tell me if I continue to slip the first stitch on every row when I'm decreasing? And if so, would it go something like this(?):

      Slip1 K2tog K2tog K(until 4 sts remaining) K2tog K2tog K1
      Slip1 P(to end of row)

      And then what happens when I get down to just a few stitches remaining? How do I finish?

      Thanks so much for your help!

    16. Strikkelise 65 months ago

      , you don´t slip the stitches when you start decreasing. Continue decreasing until you have 2 stitches left, then slip one stitch over the other.

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    18. mabeyk 64 months ago

      Hi, i have been waiting to knit this for months and have just bought some lovely one strand alpaca, but am a very new knitter and am already a bit confused. On row 3, do i do the 'yarn over' thing on every other stitch? When i continue in stockinette after row 4 do i do the 'yarn over' thing evey third row, or every row, or not at all? sorry, love the pattern but still a novice!

    19. Strikkelise 64 months ago

      mabeyk, *knit 1, yo* means, do what it says between the stars and repeat until the end of the row.
      After that you knit stockinette, no more increases.

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