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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Using your yarn needle, thread some yarn through one end of the i-cord.
Next, remove your first marker (don’t lose your place) and thread the yarn through where the marker was to make your first petal.
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:
Repeat the petal procedure to make your second petal – it will look like this now:
Repeat three more times to make three more petals. If you want a stem, leave the last section of i-cord out.
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.
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Last updated: April 18th, 2016.