Crocheted and knitted flowers are “in” this autumn and my ready-made flowers are proving very popular as is the pattern. They are incredibly easy to make and even beginners can rustle up something lovely in just an hour (or two).
Each petal is knitted separately in whatever wool you want to use. I have knitted them in chunky, double knitting and 4-ply so far. One layer of petals or two look equally effective and I have also embellished this one with a few pearly beads and a funky button.
Here are the instructions:
Cast on 7 stitches
Rows 1 and 2 Knit
Row 3 K1, *Kf&b, K3,K1 (9 stitches)
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 K1, Kf&b, K5, K1 (11 stitches)
Rows 6-10 Knit
Row 11 K2tog, K1] 3 times, K2tog
Rows 12-14 Knit
Row 15 K2 tog, **Sl1 kwise, ***K2tog psso, K2 (3 stitches left)
Row 16 **** Sl1 kwise, K1 psso (2 stitches)
Transfer stitch from right needle to left needle and cast off.
*Kf&b = Knit into the front and the back of the next stitch to increase.
** sl1 Kwise = Instead of knitting the next stitch, slip it from the left needle to the right needle.
*** K2tog psso= Knit the next 2 stitches together, then pass the slipped stitch (see ** above) over the last stitch knitted to decrease.
***Slip the first stitch from the right needle to the left needle. Knit the second stitch and pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch to decrease.
To finish off: Transfer the remaining stitch on the right hand needle to the left and pass the stitch on the left over the right (1 stitch remaining) cast off and secure.