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....even when not scented, a flower makes you smile ! Always!
You don't really need a purpose to knit a flower : just do it! If you keep it for you or you gift it to another person, you know for sure your day will be a bright one! Yesterday I presented you my tutorial for knitting a bowl and today you can add a flower to make it nicer! ;oD

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  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 1
    Step 1

    You have to stick to this pattern:

    cast on 57 stitches (that is : slip knot plus 56 stitches)
    ROW 1 : k all stitches
    ROW 2 : k2 stitches, [k1 and place it back on your left needle, then lift 8 stitches over the k1 stitch, yo twice,
    k3 stitches, the first one of these is the k1, that has to be knitted again !]. Repeat the pattern in the
    square brackets other 4 times, till the end of the row. You'll have 27 stitches on your needle.
    ROW 3 : k1 stitch, [p2tog, drop the first yo so that you'll have a big one and in this stitch (k,p,k,p),drop the
    yo, p1 stitch]. Repeat the pattern in the square brackets other 4 times till last stitch, k1 stitch.
    You'll have now on your needle 32 stitches.
    ROWS 4 and 5 : k all stitches
    ROW 6 : k1 stitch, k2tog 15 times, k1 (17 stitches left on your needle)
    ROW 7 : k1 stitch, k2tog 8 times (9 stitches left on your needle)

    Cut the yarns (more or less 10 cm) and thread them on the tapestry needle. Push the tapestry needle through the 9 stitches still on the knitting needle and pull gently. The flower, in this way, gets its shape!!!

    ADVICE FOR THE BEGINNERS : I friendly recommend you to use only one thread of yarn, not two as specified at the beginning, the first time you'll have a go with the above pattern. It's not hard, but challenging, yes (both rows 2 and 3)!!! If you'll experiment the "easy way", you'll love this knitting sequence without being disappointed (discouraged?infuriated?exasperated? resentful?disheartened?.....!!!!).
    For the experienced knitters, if you like, you can skip row 1 and start the pattern right from row 2!

    you need to know these basics :
    slip knot and cast on method
    knit (k) and purl (p)
    slip stitch
    yarn over (yo)
    purl 2 stitches together (p2tog)
    knit 2 stitches together (k2tog)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cast on 57 stitches (1 slip knot and 56 stitches), using the knit-stitch cast on method.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 3
    Step 3

    So, begin ROW 1 : knit (k) all stitches and then proceed with ROW 2 : k 2 stitches (see pic)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 4
    Step 4

    and then k1 (our third stitch in the row)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now, place this k1 stitch back on the left needle, just sliding the right needle to your right, while the tip of the left needle is in the k1 stitch :

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 6
    Step 6

    From this point, you have to deal with the delicate part! Put the tip of the right needle in the loop of the second stitch on the left needle ( is the second one, just behind the k1 or even called third stitch)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 7
    Step 7

    while keeping in place the third stitch (with the help of your left forefinger!), let the second stitch slip over the third one

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 8
    Step 8

    and drop this stitch slipping slowly the right needle

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 9
    Step 9

    You need to repeat this tricky slip stitch other 7 times, so that it will form a little arch with 8 slipped (and not knitted!) stitches positioned on it!

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now, take the yarns and yarn over twice (you create two new stitches)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 11
    Step 11

    knit our third stitch again (!!) and k other two stitches (k3 stiches in the pattern, still row 2)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 12
    Step 12

    If you have clearly understood what I tried to explain, you should go on and reproduce the above pattern (row 2, in square brackets) other 4 more times

    At the end of row 2, you'll find out that on the knitting needle there will be 27 stitches.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 13
    Step 13

    ROW 3 : knit 1 stitch

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 14
    Step 14

    and p2tog (you'll notice a big bump)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now, you have to work the double yarn over (yo)....No worries! Just drop the first one while sliding carefully to the left your left needle :

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 16
    Step 16

    In this big loop you have to work the following : k,p,k,p ! Description : pass the yarns in the back of the work and k in the front of the yo (keep the stitch on the needle)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pass the yarns in the front of your work

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 18
    Step 18

    and p in this same stitch; pass the yarn to the back again and k; pass the yarns in the front and p ! After all that, you can also drop the big loop and p1 stitch.

    Repeat the above sequence other 4 times.

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 19
    Step 19

    End of ROW 3 : you'll have on your needle 32 stitches and these scalloped edges

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 20
    Step 20

    ROW 4 : knit all stitches

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 21
    Step 21

    ROW 5 : knit all stitches

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 22
    Step 22

    ROW 6 : k first stitch

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 23
    Step 23

    and k2tog 15 times, inserting the tip of your right needle, from left to right, in two stitches (decreasing row) and k the last stitch on the needle (17 stitches on the needle)

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 24
    Step 24

    ROW 7 : k1 stitch, k2tog till the end of the row (9 stitches left on the needle9

    Then, cut a yarn tail approx. 10 cm long

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 25
    Step 25

    and thread this tail on the tapestry needle

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 26
    Step 26

    push this needle in the first stitches

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 27
    Step 27

    and pull it gently. The stitches caught on the passing yarn, can be slipped from the right knitting needle

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 28
    Step 28

    So, pass the tapestry needle in the last stitches

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 29
    Step 29

    .....and you don't need your knitting needle anymore.....

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 30
    Step 30

    pull the tail and "magically" your flower is there!!!

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 31
    Step 31

    OK!! Collect the tapestry needle and in it thread the yarns close to the slip knot

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 32
    Step 32

    and pass the needle through the first stitch on the opposite side of the flower

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 33
    Step 33

    then zigzagging from one side to the other, you reach the centre of the flower. Now, pull off the tapestry needle

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 34
    Step 34

    Make a knot (simple or double ) with the two groups of yarns

  • How to make a flowers & rosettes. 5 Petals Knitted Flower - Step 35
    Step 35

    turn your work and ..... voila'!!!

    WELL DONE !!! ENJOY YOUR LOVELY KNITTED 5 PETALS FLOWER!!!!!

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