First off: Thank you Karen for letting me participate in this wonderful project! What a great idea! When I got your email, I had right away numerous projects pop up in my head now to pick one and write the pattern!
It took me a while to figure out how to knit these little flowers, so they come out just the way I want them. Once that was done, I hit the ground running and could not stop myself. Headband… what now? Why, a belt of course!!!! And barrettes for my daughters hair… and and and and….
You can figure out what else one could make out of these little things. Maybe a chocker necklace? Hippie-fy your house: Make a long chain of flowers, as a happy summer garland to spice up a window, or a favorite chair… sew some around a table cloth? Make flowers in different colors and work them around a tie back, or glue them on a Barrett. Make a flower circle just big enough to go around your iced tea glasses, to keep the fingers dry from the condensation of the cold liquid in the glass and make matching tiny flowers, to go on the drinking straw, for the summer party, to distinguish glasses…. Great for scraps: Use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn, make more than just one row and turn it into an Afghan! (I think I will try this idea next!)
Have fun, try and make the belt out of unusual materials, eg. Try using thin strips of tulle, or any other pretty fabric for the flowers. Or use cut up plastic bags, ribbon, raffia, wool (and then felt them), or whatever else comes to mind.
Soooooo many possibilities! Make them big, make them small, but most important of all: HAVE FUN making them!
You can also use it to decorate your dog 🙂 (my dog Sokrates, hairless Chinese Crested)
Yarn: bits of yarn in your favorite color (I used some leftover sugar’n crème yarn I had around the house)
Needles: a size or two smaller then what matches the yarn (I used Chrystal palace bamboo needles in size US 3. The size is a bit smaller then what is called for on the ball band, with the result that the flowers are bit tighter and not so “floppy”. If you like yours floppy, use big needles)
Notions: yarn needle, piece of string in contrasting color, optional: beads to fit the yarn you are using
Gauge: not important
Time needed: the headband can be made in an afternoon; the belt might take a bit longer. It all depends on how fast you knit
Notes: you have to decide for yourself, which side is the right side of your flowers. You can wear them either way, with the knit stitch side up or with the rippled purl stitch side up. I opted for the purl stitch side to be the right side (I like the texture), but attached all the flowers together with wrong sides (knit stitch side) facing. You can vary the flower size; just use different yarn or different size needles.
Co = dast on
Sl = slip stitch
K = knit stitch/es
P = purl stitch/es
Approx. = approximately
Knitted cast on method:
Start out with one slip stitch on your left hand needle.*Insert right hand needle from front to back in first stitch on needle (counting from the tip). Pull up loop, do not drop old stitch off left hand needle, sl new stitch made in front of first stitch. Rep from* as many times as instructed.
For headband: Take a measurement around the head where this headband will go.
For belt: take a measurement around hips and add 2 inches so the belt will sit nice and relaxed on your hips. This belt is not to hold up your pants, but to look cooooooool. J
Row 1: With knitted cast on method co 6 stitches (7 stitches on needle =1 base stitch and 6 cast on stitches)
Row 2: k1, put string in the contrasting color in between stitch just worked and next stitch, k5
Row 3: p6
Row 4: k7 pass second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth stitch one after the other over first stitch, now sl last stitch back on left hand needle. Insert right hand needle in marked space between the two stitches, remove marker, sl stitch from left hand needle on to right hand needle and lift the marked stitch over the stitch in front.
This will curve the little bit of knitting. There should only be one stitch left on your right hand needles.
Row 5: Sl stitch back on left hand needle.
Rep rows 1-5 three more times, then repeat row 1-4 once. Do not sl the stitch back on to the left hand needle.
Instead: Make sure all petals face the same direction. With knit stitch side facing: insert the right hand needle in the base of the first “petal”, pull up a loop, and pull through stitch on right hand needle to form all 6 petals in to a ring. Cut thread and pull all the way through that last stitch.
You can tie the two ends now in a knot if you like and leave them until you are done and sew all ends in at the same time, or just sew every end in right away.
Every following flower: Work first four petals as for first flower
Fifth petal: With one stitch on right hand needle and knitted cast on method, co 3 stitches, take previously finished flower and with the knit stitch side facing you insert right hand needle from back to front at the center of the edge of a petal and through last stitch on left hand needle. Co 1 stitch and pull through petal on needle before you put the new stitch on left hand needle, (now you should have 5 stitches on your left hand needle, the “base stitch” and the 4 newly co stitches for the new petal.) With knitted cast on method, co 2 more stitches. Proceed with rest of petal as established.
Sixth petal: With one stitch on right hand needle and knitted cast on method, co 2 stitches, , take previously finished flower and with the knit stitch side facing you insert right hand needle from back to front at the center of the edge of a petal and through last stitch on left hand needle. Co 1 stitch and pull through petal on needle before you put the new stitch on left hand needle , now you should have 4 stitches on your left hand needle, the “base stitch” and the 3 newly co stitches for the new petal. With knitted cast on method, co 3 more stitches. Proceed with rest of petal as established.
Close to ring in order to fashion flower as previously.
You will have to make sure that from now on you attach the flowers in a straight line, so look which two petals you have to attach them from here on out, so it will result in a straight chain.
If you opted for the headband: Work flowers and fit them together until chain measures 2/3 of head circumference. Proceed with next step
If you opted for the belt –version: work flowers until you reach the measurement taken at beginning, proceed with next step
Pick up one stitch on one end of the flower chain between two petals.
Row 1: K1 stitch
Rep row 1 until cord measures approx. 10 inches. Bind off as follows: pull up a loop through the stitch, cut thread and pull loop all the way through the stitch.
Rep this for other side. Sew in ends block slightly.
Or replace the knitted tie with a pretty ribbon tied in between two petals of the last flowers on each side.
Row 1: k1 through front and back loop (2 stitches)
Row 2: k1, k1 through front and back of loop (3 stitches)
Work 3 stitch I-cord for approx. 12 inches, bind off all stitches, cut end. You can put a bead on the end and tie a knot if you like
You can also just cut 3 pieces of yarn and braid them on the flower chain for the belt ties (remember the cut pieces have to be 3 times the length you want the finished tie to be), or just tie a few lengths of yarn to the end of the flower chain and put beads on each end. Sort of like a loooooong tassel and use it to tie the belt.
Rep this step for other side.
Weave in ends, blocking is not really necessary, enjoy!