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Published on April 18th, 2016 | by Angie

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Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower

Why should knitters let crocheters have all the fun with appliques and upcycling old things into fun new things? Make an i-cord flower this week and update something in your wardrobe or around the house. 

Knit by Bit: free i-cord flower tutorial from LoveKnittingLove this project? Pin this image!

Crochet flowers are beautiful, simple, and a great way to upcycle old accessories, bags, and more. But what about us knitters? We can make a cute i-cord flower in just a few minutes, no hassle involved.

Materials

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting and upcycle something this week

You will need to poke around in your stash for some scrap yarn, or use a new ball of yarn if you want to make a whole bunch of matching flowers. I used Bergere de France Sonora in the Melon (22052) shade. You will need to pick an appropriate needle size and make about 40 cm (16 inches) of i-cord. (Need some help making an i-cord? Check out this tutorial to master this technique.)

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

You will also need some buttons – I used wood buttons for an earthy vibe, but you could use big funky buttons, or hand paint some that you find in your button box. You’ll also need five clothespins or markers and a measuring tape, to make sure your petals are even.Don’t forget your tapestry needle, it’s definitely the star of this show.

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Get started

First, measure your i-cord. For a medium flower, you will need about 40 cm (16 inches) of i-cord. If you want a bigger flower, choose a chunkier yarn – lightweight yarns won’t hold their shape past this size.

Knit by bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Next, separate your i-cord into five equal sections for a simple flower, or six sections if you want a stem. Mark each section with a clothespin or another marker; this is to make sure your petals turn out even.

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Using your yarn needle, thread some yarn through one end of the i-cord.

Knit by bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Next, remove your first marker (don’t lose your place) and thread the yarn through where the marker was to make your first petal.

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Make a few stitches back and forth to strengthen the join, being careful to weave in between the i-cord stitches so you don’t shred the yarn. So far, it will look like this:

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Repeat the petal procedure to make your second petal – it will look like this now:

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Repeat three more times to make three more petals. If you want a stem, leave the last section of i-cord out.

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

Now, sew on your button in the usual way to complete your flower. Weave in the ends, and use as an applique to upcycle something in your home or closet. You can use one i-cord flower, or make a whole bunch in different colors for an extra funky project.

Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower with LoveKnitting

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Jack of all trades, Master of Netflix and video games. A musician by passion, a gamer by choice, and a crafter by chance: I write about knitting and crochet, design fun patterns, and blog at GamerCrafting!


Last updated: April 18th, 2016.

2 Responses to Knit by Bit: make an i-cord flower

  1. Judy Langdon says:

    Could you also use French knitting or tomboy stitch? By using an old cotton reel with nails on top?

  2. Tony says:

    Thanks for this and the tutorial. I am now an i-cord master!!

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