Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you know what would really make your sweetheart swoon? That’s right, a tiny anthropomorphic plant made of yarn. This itty-bitty rose knits up in an hour or less, so you can dole out the love all over the office or make a mini bouquet for your one and only.
Techniques included I-cord and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles. Fingering-weight yarn is recommended, but just about any yarn with corresponding needle size will work great.
– Fingering-weight yarn in 2 colors, plus small amount of black for eyes
– Set of size 1 US (2.25 mm) double-pointed needles
– Small tapestry needle
– The finished project is very small and is not a suitable toy for small children.
– You can scale this pattern up with thicker yarn and bigger needles.
A list of pattern abbreviations can be found here.
——– Pattern starts here! ——–
With green, cast on 3 stitches onto one DPN.
Knit 10 rows of I-cord.
Switch to red. Rnd 11 (worked as I-cord): Knit. Rnd 12: (worked as I-cord): [Kfb] 3 times (6 sts).
Divide the stitches onto 3 DPNs to continue working in a round. Rnd 13: [Kfb] 6 times (12 sts). Rnd 14: [Kfb, k1] 6 times (18 sts). Rnds 15-19: Knit (5 rnds).
Bind off the stitches purlwise.
With red, cast on 12 stitches onto one DPN to work flat. Row 1: Purl. Row 2: K1, kfb, k to end (13 sts). Row 3: Purl. Row 4: K1, kfb, k to end (14 sts). Row 5: Purl. Row 6: K1, kfb, k to end (15 sts).
Bind of the stitches knitwise on the purl side.
With green, cast on 2 stitches onto one DPN to work flat. Row 1: [Kfb] twice (4 sts). Row 2: Purl. Row 3: Knit. Row 4: Purl. Row 5: Knit. Row 6: [P2tog] twice (2 sts). Row 7: [Kfb] twice (4 sts). Row 8: Purl. Row 9: Knit. Row 10: Purl. Row 11: Knit. Row 12: [P2tog] twice (2 sts).
Break the yarn and draw it tightly through the stitches with a tapestry needle.
Roll the inside petals piece into a loose spiral, with the knit stitches facing out. Insert the piece into the outside petals, and stitch in place at the base of the cup shape.
Attach the narrow section of the leaves to the back of the stem.
Weave in the loose ends.
With black yarn, embroider eyes onto one side of the rose with 2 small horizontal stitches for each, placing them 3 stitches down from the bound-off edge and spacing them 3 stitches apart.
Pin your rose on to wear proudly, use it as a gift topper,
or make a tiny bouquet for your special one!