How to knit a flower for a hat

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How to knit a flower for a hat
A basic knit hat becomes a thing of beauty when you knit a flower to sew onto it. (snowy hat image by Karin Lau from

Making flowers out of wool is generally a task reserved for crocheting. However, there are plenty of ways to knit a flower for a hat, a brooch or any other embellishment purpose. If you can knit an i-cord then you can knit a flower. Use these loopy blossoms to adorn your hats, bags and jackets. Attach them to the top of gifts or string them together to make a garland; once you make one the temptation to make more will be strong.

Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Double-pointed knitting needles, size UK 6 or 7
  • Scissors
  • Large-eye, blunt needle
  • Button
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Use your double pointed needles (DPNs) to cast on four stitches. Knit one row of stitches as you normally would.

  2. 2

    Slide the stitches to the other end of the DPN they rest on instead of turning your work as you would in traditional flat knitting.

  3. 3

    Pull the working yarn (which will be positioned on the opposite side of the stitches) tightly behind the stitches and knit a second row. Repeat steps two and three until you have an i-cord that is 50 cm (20 inches) long.

  4. 4

    Cut your working wool, leaving a 60 cm (2 foot) tail. Thread this tail onto a large eye blunt needle and thread it through your four active stitches; pull out the knitting needle and pull tightly to secure.

  5. 5

    Fold your i-cord into five equal petals. Since you have a 50 cm (20 inch) i-cord this means you can use 10 cm (4 inches) of i-cord for each petal. Secure the petals to one another in the centre with a few stitches using your large eye blunt needle and your yarn tail. When all five petals are in position, add a few more stitches to secure the whole piece and then tie a knot in the back of the work, leaving about 7.5 cm (3 inches) of yarn tail hanging.

  6. 6

    Use a needle and thread to sew a button into the centre of your flower. Use your yarn tail to sew the flower onto your hat, again with the large eye blunt needle.

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