Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Variation on the Easy Flower

I've enjoyed the ease of the Easy Flower, but I was getting bored with the results. Here is a variation that has a little more ruffle. It takes a little longer to make, and it uses a little more yarn, but it is still easy. The only change is in row 6.

A New Easy Flower
Using size 11 needle, and worsted weight yarn,
Cast on 7 st. leaving a long tail (6-8 inches)
Knit one row. Purl one row.
Change color.
Row 3: K1, YO across, ending K1.
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Repeat row 3. (25 stitches)
Row 6: *Purl 1, then K1 P1 in same stitch* (This will be your YO from previous row.) Repeat across row.
Row 7: Repeat row 3. (73 stitches)
Row 8: Bind off in knitting.

Thread tail from cast on in tapestry needle. Run the needle through the cast on stitches and pull into a circle. Tie off. Sew up the edges of the flower. Weave in yarn ends.

After felting:


  1. I just love this flower - just wish there were instructions on how to felt it!

  2. To felt, simply place the flower in a pillow case and tie shut. Throw it in your washing machine with a pair of old jeans to increase the agitation. Set it on the hottest setting, most vigorous wash, and smallest load. Leave the lid open on your washer so it doesn't spin out. Agitate for 10 -15 minutes. Take the pillow case out, run it under cold water, remove the flower. If it needs more shrinking, throw it back in. Otherwise, squeeze out the water and allow it to dry on a towel. Very easy.
    You will have wool fuzzies in the pillow case. That's the main purpose of putting the flower in the pillow case -- to keep the fuzzies from clogging your washing machine.

  3. Love this, and the slippers - thank you!!