Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Flowers for Mam


Blodau


I made some of these for my Mam’s 56th birthday, she loved them, and has started making some as gifts for her knitting friends. They are also super easy to make!
Use any wool that you like, and pretty much any size needles. I used DK with 3.5mm double pointed needles.

You will need:

Set of 4 dpns (whatever size you’re used to)
Yarn (whatever type goes with your chosen needles)
Tapestry needle
Scissors
A spare hour or two

Okay here we go:
CO 30 sts. I always cast all my sts onto 1 ordinary needle, then transfer them to the double points as needed. I also CO 1 extra st, then knit the extra st and the first st together.
Divide the sts as 10 on each needle, join, then K 1 round.
K2, P1, K4, P1, K2 – for three rounds.
K until piece is about 1 ½ inches long.
Begin decreases:
K2, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2.
K 1 round.
K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1.
K1 round.
K2, K2tog, K2.
K2, K2tog, K1.
K1, K2tog, K1.
K1, K2tog.
You’ll now have 2 sts on each needle, cut the yarn leaving a long tail and thread through remaining sts, remove the needles and pull to draw tight. Weave in the yarn.

Now turn it inside out.
Pick up sts along a line, 1 sts every other purl bump.
Slip the first sts of every row, and then stocking sts until piece measure approx 5 inches / 13cm.
Garter stitch (knit every row) for another 2 inches / 6cm.
Cast off (bind off) leaving a long tail.
Now roll the long strip up like a swiss roll, and using the tail of yarn, sew closed at the end which is the bottom of the cup.
Now you turn the cup inside out, push a knitting needle through the middle of the flower and out of the end of the cup, pull down all the way and…




Presto! You have a flower. Make loads and put them in a vase.




Blodau

17 comments:

Ann said...

They are very pretty flowers! I'm making an entire bucket!

Andrew Craig Williams said...

Thanks! I'd love to see a photo of a bucketful of them.

BellaPepper said...

These are very pretty, I will definitely be making lots of these in winter when fresh flowers are scarce. Would love to find our how to make the leaves, especially the one that seems to fit under the rose.

BellaPepper said...

Very nice, I will definitely have to make a bunch of these this winter when fresh flowers become scarce. I would love to know how to make the leaves especially the ones that seem to sit beneath the roses.

Andrew Craig Williams said...

Thank you! I'll try and remember how Imade the leaf and post the pattern up here for you.

Anonymous said...

Theseare so cute! I am hoping to learn how to use dpns in the next few weeks and I'll see how they go.

the greenhorn knitter said...

These are great! I'd love to knt up several and scatter them in the centerpiece vases at my wedding. So whimsical!

Rebecca said...

Oh wow, it is BRILLIANT using the knitting needles to hold up this bouquet. This would be a great way to use the needles not involved in a project... or the needles that have been replaced. Thanks so much!

knitfiddlestix said...

what did you use for the stims?

Lars said...

Thanks Andrew, just the embellishment my project needed!

Christina said...

I'd love to make these, but I get stumped after the turning inside out and picking up stitches. Is the outside the purl side or the knit side? When you pick up stitches, how many will be on your needle? I don't know how to pick up stitches, but I can learn that via YouTube!

Christina said...

These are beautiful, but I could only get as far as turning the piece inside out. When you turn it inside out, is the purl side or the knit side on the outside? Do you pick up stitches from the bottom (base) or the bell part of the flower? Could you post the pattern for the stems? Thanks! These are just gorgeous and will make my grandma very happy!

Andrew Craig Williams said...

Hi Christina, the purl is the inside and the knit is the outside. So when you turn the flower inside out, the purl bumps will be on the outside. Then you pick up stitches in a straight line from top to bottom (from bell to base). It doesn't really matter how many stitches, just enough so that you can then curl up the part you're about to knit.
I've added a new photo to try and help you - but also have a look at the projects on Ravelry, there are some wonderful mods and tips on there :)

Christina said...

The photo is very helpful! Thank you so much!

Andrew Craig Williams said...

No worries ;)

Christina said...

Finished my first one tonight! Turned out great!

Andrew Craig Williams said...

Excellent! I'm so happy to hear that. Are you on Ravelry? Please post some pics if you are, I'd love to see your flowers :)
Thanks

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