Knit flowers can be a sweet and simple addition to any scarf, hat or blanket project you are working on. You can also sew knit flowers onto headbands, barrettes or hair combs to make trendy hair fascinators. In addition, attaching a knit flower to a safety pin makes a charming, handmade and removable accessory. The flower pattern detailed here is quick and simple, suitable for most beginning knitters.
Knitting strawberries is a little more difficult than making open petal posies, as they require knowing how to increase and decrease stitches, knit with double pointed needles and knit with two colours. But with a little patience, the pattern will produce a colourful summer strawberry that you can fill with a scented potpourri to place in a closet or dresser drawer.
Open the Petal Poesy pattern from the "Cool Stuff: Teach Me to Knit" book.
Cast on 81 stitches to your left needle. Then you will knit two and bind off one. Place a yarn marker in between the stitch still on your right needle and the remaining stitches on your left needle. Bind off (BO) the next 16 stitches. Place a marker between the 16th and 17th stitch like you did in Step 1. You will repeat BO 16 and placing markers until there are only 15 stitches remaining on your left needle.
BO the remaining 15 stitches, tie a knot into your last stitch after removing it from the needle and leave an arm's length of yarn to complete the flower with. Thread your darning needle with the long tail of the strip. Fold your bound off strip of knitting into a fan so that all the yarn markers meet in the middle. Weave the needle through each marked stitch and through the last bound off stitch. Then pull the stitches tightly together and remove the markers. Tie the ends of the flower tightly into a double square knot and cut the excess yarn close to the back of the project. Voila! You have made a knit flower.
This pattern was adapted from the pattern found on the Nepenthe's Misadventures knitting blog (see Resources).
Cast on 10 stitches using #7 needles. Row 1: Knit 10. Row 2: Purl 10. Row 3: Increase every other stitch to 15 stitches. Row 4: Purl 15. Row 5: Increase every other stitch to 23 stitches. Row 6: Purl 23. Row 7: Starting with the first stitch, every fifth stitch, knit with green. Row 8: Purl across row, using green yarn on green stitches as above and every stitch next to a green stitch. Row 9: Knit across row in green. Row 10: Purl two together every stitch. Row 11: Knit two together every stitch.
Continue decreasing stitches until only two or three stitches remain. Knit an I-cord using double-pointed needles:
Knit two or three without turning. Slip the stitches back to the beginning and knit again. Repeat until the cord is as long as you want, then pull on the cord to close your gap and bind off. Thread your yarn back through the cord, then pull one last time to finish off the length.
Close up the strawberry by stitching the seam on the inside, with the I-cord on the inside of the project. Use red for the red parts, green for the green parts, until you have a small opening at the bottom of the strawberry. Turn the project inside out and stuff with the potpourri of your choice. Darn the bottom closed with red yarn and weave your tail into the project. Voila! A sweet-smelling knit strawberry.
Many other great free patterns for knit flowers and food are on the Internet. Some are slightly more complicated and are more suitable for knitters who know how to knit intarsia, in the round or have at least intermediate knitting skills.
Children under the age of six should be supervised while knitting for safety reasons.