Knitted flowers make colourful additions to hats, headbands, scarves and handbags. Flowers are fairly easy to make when you have a loom to guide your yarn. If you've purchased a Hana-Ami loom, you might be overwhelmed with all of its parts; however, you'll find that once you get the hang of loom flower knitting, you'll want to add flowers to all of your handmade projects.
Choose your loom and set it inside the base. Your Hana-Ami loom comes with six loom shapes: a large, medium and small circle; a hexagon; and a large and small square.
Feed your yarn through one of the four rectangular slits located on every side of the square base. Pull through about 6 inches, and tie a simple knot to attach it to the base. This will hold the yarn taut while you're stringing the loom.
Run your yarn around the closest peg to your knot, and then run it to the opposite peg. Bring it back to the peg closest to your knot. This is called your base peg. Run your yarn to the top and over the top peg and back again, but this time wrap your yarn around the peg directly to the left of your base peg.
Run the yarn to the top, and wrap the yarn around the peg to the right of the top peg. Continue wrapping the yarn so that you're moving around the circle and wrapping opposite pegs. Move in a clockwise motion.
Repeat until you're back to your base peg. Undo your original knot, and tie the two ends together.
Thread your darning needle with a contrasting yarn.
Push the threaded tapestry needle up through the centre from the bottom. Hold the tail with your hand so that it doesn't come all the way through.
Find the centre of a petal and push the tapestry needle through it and then up through the centre. The petals are each loop of yarn---in the original colour---that is looped around a peg. Continue in a clockwise motion.
Untie the knot in the original colour and pull the loom off the base.
Weave in your loose ends with the tapestry needle. Pull the flower off of the loom.
In addition to yarn, you can use ribbon or raffia to make your flower. You can use any size of raffia. Ribbon that is 1/8-inch wide works best.
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- In addition to yarn, you can use ribbon or raffia to make your flower. You can use any size of raffia. Ribbon that is 1/8-inch wide works best.