Knit a daffodil and visit Arlington Court!
Arlington Court, built in 1823 is a jewel nestling in the Devonshire countryside. Every year, their stunning golden daffodil trail brings joy to thousands – and this year, they are celebrating with a range of exciting craft ideas! They have kindly given us their beautiful knitted daffodil pattern to share with you, and with Easter on the way and spring in the air, why not knit a few for your Easter table?
The National Trust preserves our stunning heritage for future generations to love as much as we do – and each site is filled with inspiration! From stunning gardens to explore, craggy mountain paths, statuesque castles, meandering woodland walks and of course, beautiful houses full of stories.
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The daffodil is also the symbol of the Marie Curie Cancer Care Great Daffodil Appeal – which runs for the whole of March, raising much needed funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity. Marie Curie funds nursing care for people with terminal illnesses, to help them spend as much time as possible with the people they love – and you can help to raise funds in lots of ways – wearing a daffodil pin and donating to the charity, or why not knit some daffodils to sell?
Read more about the Marie Curie Cancer Care Daffodil Appeal.
You’ll need some beautiful 4ply weight yarn for this project, and Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift is perfect with handy 25g balls in 88 shades! We’ve chosen six of the best for you here – from left to right, below: Mimosa (0400), Lemon (0350), Daffodil (0390), Chartreuse (0365), Prairie (0812) and Leaf (0788).
You’ll need some 3mm double pointed needles, florist tape and some garden wire.
Each daffodil needs the following parts: petals x6, corona/trumpet, pistil and stamens x6.
Using double ended needles create an I- cord as follows
1. Cast 5 sts
2. Knit the 5 stitches (stiches are now on the left end of a double-pointed needle
3. Without turning the work, slip the 5 stitches to the other end of the double-pointed needles and knit
Repeat following the pattern
Cast on 5 sts using i-cord method:
- Knit 1 round
- K1 K2tog (3sts)
- K 4-9 round
- K1 K2tog. Psso
Finish off. Darn in threads so that they are at the row 10 end.
Stamens (make six)
Cut six lengths of wool, and attach by tying roughly ¾ of the way up the Pistil, this is difficult to do but worth it.
Cast on 5 sts, starting at base of petal
- Kfb of each st.. (10)
- Kfb of each st. (20)
- Rows 6.-18 K1 P1
- Finishing the trumpet: cast on 2 sts (cable method) put remaining sts onto the left hand needle Cast off 4 stitch to end of the row. Using attached wool stitch up the long end of the Corona, leaving small opening of the 5 cast on sts. Thread in the pistil and stamens and position, using same wool stitch to make secure.
Petals (make six)
Cast on 5 sts
- K1 p3 k1
- K1 Kfb K1 kfb K1 (7)
- K1 P3 K1
- K1 KFB K3 KFB K1 (9)
- K1 P5 K1
- K1 KFB K5 KFB K1 (11)
- K1 P9 K1
- K1 S1k1PSSO k5 k2tog k1 (9)
- K1 P7 K1
- K1 S1K1PSSO K3 K2TOG K1 (7)
- K1 P3 K1
- K1 S1K1PSSO K1 K2TOG K1 (5)
- K1 P1 K1
- K1 S1 K2TOG PSSO K1 (3)
- K1 P1 K1
- SL K2TOG PSSO
- FINISH OFF
Make up, darn in end of wool but do not cut, leave all ends at base of petal. Using fine florist wire carefully thread thru the k1 stitches of the petal starting and finishing at the base. Twist the two ends together and shape the petal with the wire, if possible flattening the wire at the base.
Sew each petal to the corona/Trumpet base to base, until you are happy with the shape of the Daffodil, twist all wires to form a stem, then attach to a garden stick and finish with florist tape.
This pattern is by Susan Emery and is also available on the National Trust Arlington Court website.
Have you knitted flowers for Easter? Send us your pictures, we’d love to see them!
Last updated: March 26th, 2015.