While crocheting is generally the fibre art form that lends itself to making flowers, you can use your knitting skills to knit a variety of flowers as well. When you follow instructions for knitting flowers you can use them to adorn hats, jackets or bags. Stick them onto gift-wrapped presents instead of ribbon toppers or string them together to make a garland for a little girl's bedroom. Once you master a basic knitted flower pattern, you can use it in a multitude of projects.
Calculate the size you want your flower to be. For a large flower, use a worsted weight yarn and knitting needles in approximately US size eight. For a smaller flower, use fingering weight yarn and US size three needles.
Cast on 100 stitches; this will create a small to medium sized flower. After you make one flower, you can experiment with more or fewer cast-on stitches to create flowers in different sizes.
Turn your work and bind off all of your stitches, leaving a 10-inch tail. This will create a long strip of knitted material; you will use this to mould a flower shape.
Make a loop by taking one end of your knitted strip and curving it around to meet the main stem. Make your loop approximately 20 stitches long. Use a large eye blunt needle and the extra yarn tail you left from the bind-off to secure this loop in position.
Repeat step four to create four more petals, moulding and positioning them to spiral around the centre of your flower. Each petal should use approximately 20 stitches so they will all be even. Secure each petal to the others in the centre using a few stitches and your large eye blunt needle.
Sew two leaves cut out of green felt to the back of a knitted flower like this, and glue or sew a pin backing to the other sides of the leaves. This will make your knitted flower into a brooch.
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- Sew two leaves cut out of green felt to the back of a knitted flower like this, and glue or sew a pin backing to the other sides of the leaves. This will make your knitted flower into a brooch.