Sunday, 6 March 2011

Simple flowers and leaves for beginners

Lots of sunshine today, making everyone chirpy.  I decided to knit some small flowers so that I have a collection by me ready for when I may want to decorate something.  Adding a simple flower (or lots) to a bag, or scarf can make all the difference.  Here is a very easy pattern for a flower that will be about 1" (2.5cm) across.  You can embroider the centre, or add a bead.  (The instructions for the bit of crochet will have to come another day as I can't remember how I did it).

Cast on 3 stitches
Knit a strip 6cm long and cast off
Secure a length of yarn to one corner
Sew a running stitch all along one edge and pull it tight into a circle
Sew the ends of the strip together.

To make a very simple leaf which would go with this small flower, knit a small square.
Using DK and 3.75mm needles,  cast of 4 stitches and knit 5 rows. 
Cast off
Place it at an angle to the flower.