Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Knitted Narcissus ...

It's sooooo cold this week in London. And spring sunshine seems a lifetime away. But the daffodils are looking good for a whole lot of lovely sunny yellow cheerfulness in the very near future. I've been knitting my own narcissi here in the cosy snugness of my study to steal a march on old Mother Nature. And here they are:

If you'd like to knit some for yourself, just read on for the pattern.

I'm knitting with our own label, Costa Brava Knitting 100% Organic Cotton 4 ply yarn in our Sunflower colour-way with a contrasting Tangerine orange, and I'm using 2.5 mm needles.

1st Petal

Cast on 2 stitches
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit into the front and back [KFB] of each stitch (4 stitches)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: KFB first stitch, knit, KFB final stitch (6 stitches)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: KFB first stitch, knit, KFB final stitch (8 stitches)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: KFB first stitch, knit, KFB final stitch (10 stitches)
Cut the yarn, and slip the stitches onto a long, spare needle so that the stitches are ready to work a purl row.

Repeat the steps for the first petal until you have made a total of 5 petals.

Darn in the loose ends. If you leave it until the flower has been completed the task of darning in will be much more difficult owning to how the petals will be gathered to make the flower.

Back to the long needle, you will have a total of 50 stitches.

Rejoin the yarn to the first petal.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: P1, *Purl 2 together, P1*. Repeat from * to * to last stitch P1. (34 stitches)
Row 4: Knit 2 together all the way across (17 stitches)
Row 5: Purl 2 together to last stitch, Purl 1 (9 stitches).
Cut the yarn.
Thread a darning needle, and draw the yarn through the stitches on the needle, pulling them into a closed circle. Darn in the loose ends.

Using the orange contrasting colour, work a 2 stitch i-cord that will fold around into a circle of a diameter that will perfectly fit in the centre of your yellow petals.

Cast off, sew the i-cord into place and darn in the loose ends.

All the best for now,

Bonny x

1 comment:

  1. Very cute, Bonny. I’ve not done much knitting lately, but hope to get back into the groove soon. Marie x