Suddenly my life has been filled with flowers. Knitted ones. They are the perfect addition to the twiddle blankets I have been making, and a great way to use up small left over balls of wool.
This flower measures three and three quarter inches across. Because I wanted a sturdy and firm finish, I used a double strand of double knitting yarn on 4mm needles (no. 8 in the old sizes). Knit stitch is used throughout.
To give the petals neat edges, I use the cable method of casting on (shown on an excellent video here), and at the beginning of each row I slip a stitch knitwise with the yarn at the back of the work (shown here)
Cast on 9 stitches, and leave a tail of yarn hanging which will be used later for sewing the flower onto the finished item.
Knit 8 stitches, leaving the last stitch on the left hand needle. This is the only row where the first stitch is not slipped.
Turn, ready for the next row.
Slip the first stitch...
...and knit to the end of the row.
Turn, slip the first stitch...
...and knit 6 stitches, leaving 2 on the left hand needle.
Turn, slip one stitch, and knit to the end of the row.
Turn, slip one, knit 5 stitches, and leave 3 on the left hand needle.
This is the idea - the centre of the flower is on the left, where the tail is hanging from the casting on. The outer edge of the flower is on the right. Each time you knit towards the centre you leave one more stitch on the left hand needle.
Keep on going, until you only need to slip one, knit one, and leave 7 stitches on the left hand needle.
Turn, and knit your shortest most irritating row ever. Slip one, knit one.
Turn again, and you a natty little triangle.
Now cast off 8 stitches in the normal way, just making sure you slip the first stitch.
The first petal is finished! Five more to go.
Leave the last stitch on the right hand needle...
... do not turn, and insert the left hand needle...
...and cast on 8 stitches. So now there are 9 stitches again, and the whole sequence is repeated...
...to make another petal.
When you have six petals, cast off completely.
Use the tails from the beginning and end of the work to link the first with the last petal and gather in the centre...
...and also to stitch the flower securely to the main item. All it needs now is a button in the middle.
Job done, and guaranteed addictive.
Linking up with Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday.