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Monday, September 7, 2015

Knitted flower for Kayla's hair - with pattern

One project that happened before the stegasaurus was completed - when I was knitting this toy the pattern asked me to do a "picot" while I was in the Kruger Park and I had no idea what it meant, and didn't have access to the internet. Turns out it's making a chain using knitting - it was to make some spikes coming out of the stegosaurus's tail. While at Earl's, his daughter Kayla was going to a "hippie-related" themed party. To make a knitted flower to wear in her hair, I was able to use this technique to do the centre stamen thingies - but already knew how to make flower petals. Pattern below.

You knit these petals separately, and using the tails of yarn, sew the petals together. But first, after knitting them you singe the backs of each petal with the iron - to control them and shape them better. Easy to make any size but write down and follow a pattern so all petals are identical.


Knitted flower - to knit 1 petal:

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: K3
Row 2: P3
Row 3: K1, M1, K1, M1, K1
Row 4: P5
Row 5: K5
Row 6: P5
Row 7: K1, M1, K3, M1, K1
Row 8: P7
Row 9: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1
Row 10: P9
Row 11: K9
Row 12: P9
Row 13: K9
Row 14: P9
Row 15: K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1
Row 16: P7
Row 17: K7
Row 18: P7
Row 19: K2, K2tog, K3
Row 20: P6
Row 21: K6
Row 22: P1, P2tog, P2tog, P1
Row 23: K4
Row 24: P1, P2tog, P1

Using needle pass wool through all three stitches and tie off.

Make 4 more, sew all three together, add picot chains in the centre in contrasting colour, and sew onto a hair barrett or clip.

Note: as petals were flat and unrealistic, I passed a piece of wool through all petals to draw them curved in the centre and tied off.

If you want stamens, look up how to a picot stitch (like a casting and creating a chain).

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