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Clip It & Go Flowers
Design by Nora J. Bellows
With easy-to-attach clips, these flowers can be attached to just about anything your imagination can dream up! Wear them as a hair accessory, on your shoes or to adorn your home.
Approx 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
- Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool DK (light weight; 100% merino wool; 120 yds/113g per skein): 70 yds zinnia pink or spring chick (A), 10 yds green (B)
- Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Fingering (super fine; 100% merino wool; 230 yds/45g per skein): 10 yds white (C)
- Size 6 (4mm) set of double-point needles or size needed to obtain gauge
- Locking stitch markers (to use as stitch holders)
- 26-gauge brass beading wire
- Sharp, large-eye darning needle
- Wire cutters
- Fabric glue (clear-drying)
24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st.
To save time, take time to check gauge. For flowers as shown, this gauge must be maintained.
Make 1 (M1): Inc by making a backward loop over right needle.
Make 1 Left (M1L): Insert left needle from front to back under horizontal loop between last st worked and next st on LH needle; with RH needle, k1-tbl.
Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert left needle from back to front under horizontal loop between last st worked and next st on LH needle; with RH needle, k1.
Slip, slip, purl (ssp): Slip 2 sts, 1 at a time, kwise to RH needle, return sts to LH needle in turned position and p2tog-tbl.
Stem & Flower Base
With 1 strand of A, cast on 2 sts.
Rnds 1-6: K2, *sl sts to other end of needle, pull yarn across back, k2; rep from * around.
Rnd 7: Knit in front and back of each st -- 4 sts.
Rnd 8: Knit around.
Rnd 9: Knit in front and back of each st -- 8 sts.
Rnd 10: Knit around.
Rnd 11: Join 2nd strand of A; with 2 strands, purl around -- 8 double sts.
Transfer every other st (1 of each double st) to holders held to center. Transfer rem sts to holders held to outside in groups of 2 sts on each holder. Keep last 2 sts of previous rnd on needle.
Position flower so that center of flower is facing you and stem is facing away.
Row 1 (RS): With live strand of A, knit in (front, back, front) of each st -- 6 sts.
Row 2: P6.
Row 3: K3, M1, k3 -- 7 sts.
Row 4: P3, k1, p3.
Row 5: K3, M1R, p1, M1L, k3 -- 9 sts.
Row 6: P4, k1, p4.
Row 7: K3, M1R, k1, p1, k1, M1L, k3 -- 11 sts.
Rows 8-18: Work in established pat.
Row 19: Ssk, k3, p1, k3, k2tog -- 9 sts.
Row 20: P4, k1, p4.
Row 21: Ssk, ssk, p1, k2tog, k2tog -- 5 sts.
Row 22: P2, k1, p2.
Row 23: Ssk, p1, k2tog -- 3 sts.
Row 24: Sl 1, ssp, psso -- 1 st.
Cut yarn, pull tail through rem st to finish off. Weave in ends at base and apex of each petal along underside edges using a sharp darning needle.
Transfer 2 sts to a needle and rep instructions for first petal.
Transfer 8 center sts to 2 parallel dpn.
Rnd 1: Change to B; knit around.
Rnd 2: [K2tog] 4 times -- 4 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Knit around.
Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch or longer tail. Pull tail through rem 4 sts to finish off. Weave in end down flower center.
Note: Flowers shown have wired petals. Wire petals using 26-gauge beading wire and a sharp, large-eye darning needle.
Step 1: Use fine-gauge wire cutters or a pair of old scissors to cut 1 yd of wire. Beading wire is very thin, so a pair of heavy scissors will work.
Step 2: Thread wire through large eye of a sharp darning needle.
Step 3: Beg wiring at bottom of stem and move toward first petal. *Travel through fabric of stem/petal, being careful to expose wire as little as possible. Use a long running st -- that is, travel for about 2 inches through fabric before surfacing.
Step 4: Pull wire snug, but not tight, being careful that wire does not twist as you pull.
Step 5: Insert needle right back in where it came out. Rep from * in Step 3 until all petals have been wired, using new lengths of wire as needed.
Step 6: To begin a new wire, leave a 2-inch tail at end of first wire and at beg of new wire; wrap these 2 tails around each other a couple of times and then use your needle to hide at least 1 inch of wire in fabric. Cut off any excess.
Cut 12-15 (4-inch) strands of C. *Fold 1 strand in half and thread loop through eye of darning needle. Use darning needle to draw folded end through a st at base of pistil.
Draw 2 loose ends through folded loop as you do when you are making fringe. Pull knot snug; rep from * around base of pistil.
Tie an overhand knot in end of each strand positioned at same height as top of pistil. Dot each knot with fabric glue and let dry. Trim end to just above knot.
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