I've been wanting to make some new shapes and accessories using my knitting forks. Yesterday, after a few minutes of experimenting, I came up with these easy knit(ting fork) flowers!
Confession: I've been watching re-runs of Family Ties on Netflix while crafting, so maybe it seemed natural that I would gravitate towards making hair clips that look like a craft straight out of the sweet 1970's.
To make your own knitted flowers, you will need:
Lambs Pride Bulky Yarn in lemon drop yellow
Matching thread + needle
Burly Spun super chunky wool yarn in green, blue red
Start your project by using the second method of knitting with the lucet, or knitting fork, as demonstrated here.The weave will start out quite tight. I like to knit a good long length (about 10 inches) before pulling the chain and releasing the tension.
Next, I placed one end of the yarn between my fingers near the base of my palm and coiled it up as tight as I could. I held the second end of the yarn in my fingers to keep the rings from unraveling.
To make the basic flower shape, I pulled the yarn piece near the tip of my fingers, down towards my palm. I tied the two pieces of yarn together so that the coils would stay in place.
Using the needle and thread, I reinforced the ringlets with a few simple stitches. Then, I ran a piece of the super bulky wool yarn through one corner of the flower (from the back side- if an obvious back has developed.)With a different color yarn, I wove a loop through the center of the flower and knotted it in the back as well.
The length of your chain will determine how many coils your flower ends up with. All of my chains were between nine and twelve inches long. The flowers ended up being about two inches in diameter.I tied one flower around my finger for a sweet ring, and pinned the rest in my hair with a couple of Bobby pins! These flowers take less than 10 minutes each and would be really cute strung up on a necklace (I'm going to work on one this week!), accessories for children, clasps for purses, or just strung on some pipe cleaner and given to someone as a little handmade bouquet! So many fun possibilities! Hope you enjoy!