Brooches were once the essential wardrobe accessory, valued and passed down through generations. Now with wardrobes bordering on minimal for most, brooches are too heavy or formal to embellish a standard T-shirt or tank. A knitted brooch can be a wonderful gift for a special holiday. Flower brooches ranging from roses to daisies can easily be knit with a small amount of yarn. A true brooch back, available in craft stores, is optional. To make a lacy red rose with petals curled around the centre you should know how to do the basic knit stitch, a yarn over and how to knit two stitches together.
Cast on 60 stitches.
Knit 60 stitches. All the rows will be knitted producing the garter stitch, a soft, textured pattern. Turn work then knit the first two stitches. Yarn over, knit two stitches together and knit four stitches nine times. Yarn over, knit two together and knit the last two stitches to complete the second row.
Knit all stitches for the next five rows.
Knit five stitches then yarn over, knit two together and knit four stitches eight times for the eighth row. To finish this row, yarn over, knit two together and knit the last five stitches.
Knit all stitches in the ninth row. For row 10, knit two together 30 times. This decreases the number of stitches by half.
Knit all stitches in row 11. On row 12, knit two together 15 times. Knit all stitches on row 13. On the next row, knit two together seven times and purl the last stitch. Knit all the stitches on row 15. For row 16, knit two together four times. Knit the four remaining stitches.
Bind off the four remaining stitches
Cut the yarn, leaving a long length to use for sewing.
Curl the strip into the shape of a rose and sew it together.
If making a brooch, sew a brooch back onto the flower. The flower can also be sewn onto a sweater, jacket or bag.
Knitting with yarn overs produces a lacy effect. A plain rose can be knitted by leaving out the yarn overs and just knitting the 60 stitches of rows two and eight.
Tips and warnings
- Knitting with yarn overs produces a lacy effect. A plain rose can be knitted by leaving out the yarn overs and just knitting the 60 stitches of rows two and eight.
Things you need
- DK or light worsted-weight yarn
- US 6 straight knitting needles
- Brooch back (optional)