Designer Nora J. Bellows gives us this beautiful Dogwood knitting flowers project from her first book, Beautiful Botanical Knits. With the sumptuous designs and technical expertise you will soon be knitting a spectacular garden of your very own.
REQUIRED YARN COLOURS
Flower head diameter: 4″ (10cm)
Stem length: 1″ (2.5cm)
Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool (worsted weight) Milk Chocolate (A), White (B), Baby Pink (C), Pink (D), Zinnia Pink (E), and Lime Green (F)
When working across short rows, there is no need to hide the wraps.
PEDUNCLE (MAIN STEM)
With A, cast on 2 stitches.
I-Cord Round: Knit across; without turning your work, slip the row to the
other end of the needle; pull the yarn across the back to begin the next round. Repeat the I-cord round for 6 rounds
or desired length.
RECEPTACLE (FLOWER FOUNDATION)
Note: Every round of the flower center is worked as for an I-cord.
Round 1: Change to B; k1, M1, k1—3 stitches.
Round 2: Knit around.
Round 3: K1, kfb, k1—4 stitches.
Round 4: Knit around.
Round 5: K1, M1, k2, M1, k1—6 stitches.
Divide the stitches between 2 needles.
Round 6: Kfb in each stitch—12 stitches.
Round 7: Knit around.
1ST SEPAL LEAF
For the sake of accuracy, I will refer to the dogwood “petals” as sepal leaves. Transfer the first 9 stitches to 3 holders (3 stitches on each) and turn to work the 1st sepal leaf on the remaining 3 stitches.
Row 1 (WS): Position the flower so that the peduncle is facing up and the
flower center is facing away from you; change to C, p3.
Row 2 (RS): K1, M1-R, k1, M1-L, k1—5 stitches.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: Change to D; k1, M1-R, k3, M1-L, k1—7 stitches.
Row 5 (short row): P2, W&T.
Row 6: K2.
Row 7: P7.
Row 8 (short row): K2, W&T.
Row 9: P2.
Row 10: Change to E; k1, M1-R, k5, M1-L, k1—9 stitches.
Row 11 (short row): P6, W&T.
Row 12 (short row): K3, W&T.
Row 13: P6.
Row 14: K1, M1-R, k7, M1-L, k1—11 stitches.
Row 15 (short row): P3, W&T.
Row 16: K3.
Row 17: P11.
Row 18 (short row): K3, W&T.
Row 19: P3.
Row 20: K11.
Row 21: P11.
Row 22: K2, ssk, k3, k2tog, k2—9 stitches.
Row 23: Purl.
Row 24: K2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2—7 stitches.
Row 25: P1, p2tog, p1, ssp, p1—5 stitches.
Row 26: Change to A; ssk, k1, k2tog and at the same time bind off.
Tie the tails of the colour changes together and weave in all ends on the
sepal leaf underside edges.
2ND–4TH SEPAL LEAVES
Transfer the 3 stitches to the left of the petal just completed to a needle.
Complete as for the 1st sepal.
To prepare dogwoods for felting, weave in the tail at the apex of each
sepal. Where a new colour was joined, tie ends in a square knot or wrap
around each other and weave in on petal underside edges or horizontally
across like-colour fields. To replicate the tiny dogwood flower buds in the center of the sepal leaves, use F and a sharp needle to put a few French knots in the center of the flower before felting.
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About The Author:
Nora J. Bellows has earned acclaim for her extraordinary Noni bag and flower patterns. Now, in her first book, Beautiful Botanical Knits, Nora gives us lifelike knitted flowers that are as beautiful as the real thing. The collection of sumptuous designs will give knitters the techniques to create over 40 exceptional knitted and felted flowers.