I have sewn this cute little knitted daisy on a hair grip to make a floral hair accessory.
You can use the daisy as decoration for many other projects, for example:
- Attach a safety pin instead of a hair grip on the back of the flower to make a pretty brooch.
- Add a personal touch to gifts, and attach to gift boxes or cards.
- Sew on to bags, purses, or even hats.
- Attach on to a large paperclip to make a pretty bookmark.
- Sew on your sweaters, cardigans, or the hems of skirts.
If you would like to knit your own little flower, here is the free knitting pattern.
Tension (or gauge) is not important.
All pieces are knitted flat on straight needles. Please note that the instructions below are for right-handed knitters.
- CO = Cast on
- K = Knit
- P = Purl
- KFB = (Increase) – Knit twice into the stitch. Knit into the front of the next stitch on the left hand needle, but do not slip off the needle. Then take the right hand needle and knit into the back of the stitch, then remove the loop from the left hand needle.
- SSK = (Decrease) – Slip the next stitch on the left needle knitwise, then slip the next stitch on the left needle purlwise. Take the left needle and knit through the front of the two slipped stitches on the right needle. [An alternative to SSK is to decrease with SKPO (slip, knit, pass over). To do SKPO, slip the next stitch on the left needle knitwise, knit the next stitch on the left needle, then pass the slipped stitch on the right needle over the knitted stitch on the right needle.]
- K2TOG = (Decrease) – Knit two stitches together through the front of the loops.
- K2TOG TBL = (Decrease) – Knit two stitches together through the back of the loops.
- […] = Repeat the stitches in square brackets by the number indicated.
- (…) = The number in round brackets indicates number of stitches per row.
The flower is approximately 4 cm wide.
- 20g pure wool DK – white for petals
- 5g pure wool DK – yellow for centre of daisy
This is an approximate amount, but should be sufficient to knit all the pieces and sew your daisy together.
3 mm straight needles.
Other materials and equipment …
- Tapestry needle (to sew the pieces together).
- Hair grip.
Start at the base of the petal. Knit in white.
- P (4)
- [KFB] X 4 (8)
- P (8)
- [K2, KFB] X 2, K2 (10)
- P (10)
- [K2TOG] X 5 (5)
Break the yarn leaving a tail. Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches and pull tight to gather at the tip of the petal. Secure the thread, leaving a tail to sew the petal seam.
Knit in yellow.
- K (3)
- KFB, K1, KFB (5)
- K (5)
- K2TOG TBL, K1, K2TOG (3)
- K (3)
Cast off all stitches. Leave a long tail to sew the bobble.
Using the cast off tail at the tip of the petal, sew the seam towards the base of the petal (the cast on edge). [See picture 1] Note that the seam runs down the centre of the back of the petal.
Cut a length of wool approximately 30 cm long and secure the thread near the base of one of the petals. Thread all the petals on the length of wool, sewing through the base of each petal. [See picture 2] Ensure all the seams face downwards.
Pull the wool so that the petals bunch together and form a circle. [See picture 3] Keep the petals flat so that the seams all face downwards.
Secure the thread so that the petals are in a tight circle.
Make the bobble for the centre of the flower. Using the cast off tail, sew a running stitch around the outside edges of the centre piece. [See picture 4]
Pull the stitches tight to gather the edges and form a bobble. Secure the thread. Attach the bobble to the centre of the flower. [See picture 5]
About the patterns…
If you are making these flowers to give to a baby or child, please ensure you have no loose parts (loose threads, etc) which can be potential choking hazards. Also be cautious about the type of yarn, as fluffy brushed mohair yarns can have small fibres that can be swallowed by children.
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