Hello! My name is Jenny Stark. I am so excited to be joining you here at Knitting Board Chat! Once a month, I will be sharing a whimsical little project that you can make with your KB looms. These projects will be fast and fun – perfect for squeezing in to your busy schedule. After all, you know what they say about all work and no play… So, let’s chase those doldrums away with a little bit of yarn!
Layered Loopy Flower
This darling little flower is a great way to use up little bits of yarn left over from other projects. Make a handful of flowers and use them to embellish hats, bags, hair clips, cards, etc.
Loom: Kb Hat Loom, set up for small gauge. (This project only requires 2 pegs- one of the 9 peg rails was used for the samples.)
Yarn: Approximately 5 yards of a #4 yarn. Each layer of this flower uses about 2.5 yards of yarn. Work it all in one color, or use two different colors for variety. Samples use various yarns, including Mosaic by Bernat, Boutique Unforgettable by Red Heart, and Sheep(ish) by Caron.
Notions: Knitting tool, scissors, yarn needle, button, needle and thread.
Gauge: Not important for this project.
Size: About 2″ in diameter.
Flower (make 2)
Cast on 2 pegs.
Knit peg 2, twelve times.
Move the stitch on peg 2 over to peg 1. Knit the bottom stitch over. (1st petal loop now created)
*Cast a new stitch on to peg 2.
Knit peg 2, twelve times.
Move the stitch on peg 2 over to peg 1. Knit the bottom stitch over. (next petal loop now created)
Repeat from * until there are six petals total.
Bind off: Cut yarn, leaving a 5″ yarn tail. Knit the last stitch and pull the yarn tail out through the last stitch. Gently pull on the yarn tail to tighten the bind off.
Forming the flower: Your knitted piece will be a bit of a jumble when you first take it off of the loom:
Turn it over, and straighten it out.
Now it is time for a little needle magic. Thread the yarn tail from the bind off side through the eye of your yarn needle. Pass the needle through the bottom of the first petal (where the cast on tail is):
then pass the needle down through the two loops at the bottom of the next petal:
Continue to stitch down through the two loops at the bottom of each petal, gently gathering the center of the flower as you work. When you are finished forming the flower, pass the needle through the center of the flower to the back side. Your finished flower will look like this:
Set the first flower aside and make the second flower.
Finishing: Stack one flower on top of the other. Use the yarn tails to sew the top flower to the bottom flower. Weave in all ends.
Using the needle and thread, sew a button to the center of the flower. (If preferred, the button can be applied with hot glue.)
Now – go and make a handful of flowers! Happy embellishing!