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Bountiful Bouquet

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Design by Carri Hammett

Skill Level

Easy

Finished Measurement

12-inch cube

Materials

  • Caron Vicki Howell Sheep(ish) (worsted weight; 70% acrylic/ 30% wool; 167 yds/85g per skein): 6 skeins white(ish) #0004 (A)
  • Version 1: 1 skein each coral(ish) #0014 (B), yellow(ish) #0012 (C), black(ish) #0001 (D) and chartreuse(ish) #0020 (E)
  • Version 2: 1 skein each teal(ish) #0016 (F), robin egg(ish) #0018 (G), yellow(ish) #0012 (C), chartreuse(ish) #0020 (E) and olive(ish) #0019 (H)
  • Size 6 (4mm) double-point needles (set of 3) or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Size 9 (5.5mm) 40-inch circular needle or 2 sizes smaller than size needed to obtain gauge for cover
  • Size 10 1/2 (6.5mm) 40-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch marker
  • T-pins
  • Sturdy 12-inch cube-shape cardboard box
  • Double-stick carpet tape (optional)

Gauge

Cube Cover: 14 sts and 20 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st using larger circular needle and 2 strands of yarn held tog.

Flower: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st using dpns and single strand of yarn.

To save time, take time to check gauge.

Special Abbreviations

Knit front and back (kfb): Inc 1 st by knitting into front and back of next st.

Make 1 Right (M1R): Insert LH needle from back to front under horizontal strand between st on RH needle and st on LH needle. Knit into front of resulting loop.

Make 1 Left (M1L): Insert LH needle from front to back under horizontal strand between st on RH needle and st on LH needle. Knit into the back of resulting loop.

Special Techniques

French Knot: Thread about 16 inches of yarn in a yarn needle and make a knot in the end. Pass yarn from the back to the front at desired location for French Knot. Use your left hand to pinch working yarn and give it some tension at the point where yarn is exiting on RS. Slide your left hand a few inches away and pass threaded needle under yarn 3 times to make 3 loops around needle. While still maintaining tension on the yarn so loops are taut, insert needle back into the same hole from front to back. Slowly pull excess yarn through knot all the while maintaining light tension on the yarn with left hand. Rep in a new location for as many knots as desired. After completing last knot, secure yarn on WS.

Whipstitch: Make small sts from side to side between 2 edges.

Running Stitch: Make a line of sts by passing a threaded needle in and out from RS to WS. The sts do not overlap.

Pattern Notes

The cube cover is worked using two strands of yarn held together. The flowers, stems and leaves are worked using a single strand of yarn.

Pick up stitches in the valleys formed by garter-stitch ridges.

Embellish 1 side of the cover at a time. Donít sew any of the pieces in place until they have all been pinned to the side youíre working on. This will allow you to adjust the placement until you are pleased with the overall look.

Cube Cover

Top

With smaller circular needle and 2 strands of A, cast on 35 sts.

Work in garter st (knit all rows) until top measures 12 inches. Bind off loosely.

*With RS facing, smaller circular needle and 2 strands of A, pick up and knit 42 sts along side edge.

Knit 7 rows, then bind off loosely.

Rep from * on other side.

The top should be 12 inches square.

Sides

With RS facing, smaller circular needle and 2 strands of A, pick up and knit 43 sts along each side of square; pm and join -- 172 sts.

Work 6 rnds in garter st (purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd).

Dec rnd: [P9, p2tog, p21, k2tog, p9] 4 times -- 164 sts.

Change to larger circular needle; work even in St st (knit all rnds) until sides measure 11 1/4 inches from pick-up rnd.

Dec rnd: Change to smaller circular needle; [p8, p2tog, p21, p2tog, p8] 4 times -- 156 sts.

Beg with a knit rnd, work 6 rnds in garter st. Bind off loosely.

Weave in all ends.

Block cover over cube-shape box, stretching sides if necessary in order to reach bottom of box. If desired, cover box with plastic to protect it while cover dries.

Embellishments

Work embellishments as follows, using colors listed below:

Version 1

Make 3 flowers using B for petals, C for centers and D for French Knots.

Make 3 flowers using C for petals, B for centers and D for French Knots.

Make 4 leaves using E.

Make 6 stems using D.

Version 2

Make 3 flowers using F for petals, G for centers and C for French Knots.

Make 3 flowers using G for petals, F for centers and C for French Knots.

Make 4 leaves using H.

Make 6 stems using E.

Petals

*With dpns, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1 and all WS rows: Purl.

Row 2 (RS): Kfb, k1, kfb -- 5 sts.

Row 4: [K1, M1R] twice, k1, [M1L, k1] twice -- 9 sts.

Row 6: [K1, M1R] twice, k5, [M1L, k1] twice -- 13 sts.

Row 8: Knit.

Row 10: K1, ssk, k7, k2tog, k1 -- 11 sts.

Row 12: K1, ssk, k5, k2tog, k1 -- 9 sts.

Row 14: K1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1 -- 7 sts.

Row 15: Purl.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail; transfer petal to 3rd dpn, with RS facing and tail to right edge.

Rep from * 4 times more for a total of 5 petals; do not cut yarn after working last petal -- 35 sts on 3rd dpn.

Join Petals

Row 1 (RS): Working across all sts on 3rd dpn, k1, [k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2tog] 4 times, [k2tog, k1] twice -- 21 sts.

Row 2: [P2tog] 10 times, p1 -- 11 sts.

Row 3: K1, [k2tog] 5 times -- 6 sts.

Row 4: [P2tog] 3 times -- 3 sts.

Row 5: Sk2p-1 st.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail; fasten off.

With WS facing and using tail, join first and last petals with 2 or 3 Whipstitches.

Weave in all ends.

Block flower so that the inward curl of the petals relaxes.

Flower Center

Using dpns, cast on 24 sts.

Bind off all sts; cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.

Roll in coil. With tail, sew to center of flower using Running Stitches; alternate short, inconspicuous sts on the RS with longer sts on the WS.

Work 3 French Knots in center of coil. Weave in all ends.

Leaf

With dpns and leaving a 6-inch tail, cast on 3 sts.

Row 1: Kfb, k1, kfb -- 5 sts.

Row 2: P2, k1, p2.

Row 3: K2, M1R, k1, M1L, k2 -- 7 sts.

Row 4: P3, k1, p3.

Row 5: K3, M1R, k1, M1L, k3 -- 9 sts.

Row 6: P4, k1, p4.

Row 7: K4, M1R, k1, M1L, k4 -- 11 sts.

Row 8: P5, k1, p5.

Row 9: K5, p1, k5.

Row 10: P5, k1, p5.

Row 11: K3, ssk, p1, k2tog, k3 -- 9 sts.

Row 12: P4, k1, p4.

Row 13: K2, ssk, p1, k2tog, k2 -- 7 sts.

Row 14: P3, k1, p3.

Row 15: K1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1 -- 5 sts.

Row 16: P2, k1, p2.

Row 17: Ssk, p1, k2tog -- 3 sts.

Row 18: P1, k1, p1.

Row 19: Sk2p -- 1 st.

Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail; fasten off.

Do not weave in ends. Block lightly.

Assembly

With cover on cube-shape box and using T-pins, pin 3 flowers to 1 side of cover as desired. Remove cover from box.

Stems

Note: Make stems after pinning flowers in place. Depending on placement of flowers, it may require some trial and error to get desired length for stems. Short stems will use 10-15 sts, medium stems 20-25 sts and long stems 35-40 sts.

With dpns, cast on desired number of sts. Bind off.

Cut yarn, leaving a tail at least 6 inches longer than stem. Do not weave in ends.

Taking advantage of the stemsí tendency to spiral, place and pin stems as desired adjacent to flowers.

Using yarn tails and Running Stitches, sew leaves and stems to cover, alternating short, inconspicuous sts on RS with longer sts on WS. Work Running Stitches around outside edges of leaves and through center of stem.

With yarn matching flower color, sew flowers to cover using Running Stitches around outside edge of each petal. On some of the petals, work Running Stitch approx 1/2 inch away from the petal tip, allowing tip to curl up a bit.

Weave in all rem ends.

Embellish 3 other sides, 1 at a time, as for first.

Place the cube cover over box or ottoman.

If desired, apply double-stick tape to bottom edge to keep cube cover in place.

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