Just a little experiment ...
I saw some pretty knitted flowers on bags and hats at a recent craft fair made by Lavender Hearts and often try to replicate them. Today I found the simplest pattern to make a knitted pretty rose ... and each and every one can be totally different depending on the stitch used and the colour of the wool chosen and the tightness of the wind. They are no way as pretty as hers but I am working on that!
This is the first of many ...
|A rose - finished size approx 2 inch diameter|
|I chose a ball of Rowan Siena 4 ply mercerised cotton|
|In a pretty rose red I cast on twelve stitches|
|Using size 3.25 UK needles|
|The stitch I chose to use was a knit in the back stitch|
ie. Every stitch was knit into the back of each and every stitch
I like this stitch as it produced a tight smart finish
|I continued until I had knit eighty-five rows and then cast off|
|The knitted 'ribbon' now measures approx 9 inch by 1.5 inch|
|Now wind and twist the ribbon pulling the two ends tightly|
Ta Da! ... A rose in back stitch
|Using a darning needle stitch the back tightly|
Tie the two ends in a tight knot. Back view
Leaving them to sew onto your chosen project
This little flower takes under one hour to make and when several are grouped together they look very pretty.
|One in garter stitch|
|Three very different pretty roses|
|A second strip in stocking stitch|
|Made a tighter and smaller and more sucessful rose|
|Different stitches produced very different results|
Thank you Blogger for messing up my order of pics!!!! Agghh!!