I’m making lots of knitting progress…The Friday FO trend continues! The yarn was the motivator here, hand spun and hand dyed by a friend! Upon further inspection, I seem to have stuck to the original plan?!? A top down hat with a dark i-cord bind off!
I went top down to use up every inch of the yarn and to avoid doing a real swatch with math. I just worked increases on alternating rows until the top of the hat looked big enough. I added a few purl ridges and spirals to the body for visual interest. And then, I went all the way with the i-cord…provisional cast on for first 3 stitches, then grafting them to the last 3 stitches for a seamless finish! I usually take the lazy way out but this practically fell off the needles on its own, it was worth a tiny bit of effort for the one little detail!
And then I turned into my Mother. It happens to everyone on occasion. I’ve learned to just go with it until the feeling passes. In this case, it wasn’t going to pass until I made a flower for my hat. I’ve made a lot of different flowers over the years (most of them for Mom, she likes flowers. a lot.) This one is just about the easiest! You cast on, work one row that’s mostly binding off and then cinch your remaining stitches into a cute little flower! Done!
You can customize this flower in several different ways cast on more stitches to make it larger, cast off longer segments to make the petals longer or even cast off in shorter segments to increase the number of petals!
Here’s what I did:
Cast on 45 stitches. I used the long tail, it’s a good one because it has enough structure. Knitting On would be a bit floppy and weird.
Knit the first stitch, then bind off the next 7 stitches, this leaves one stitch on each side of the bound off segment. Knit another stitch, then bind off the next 7 stitches. You now have 4 stitches on the needle.
Continue down the row in this fashion, at the end, cut yourself a tail, pull it through the remaining live stitches, give it a cinch and you’ve got yourself a groovy little flower!
Of course, if one tiny little flower is cute, then two is even better! I have a feeling Mom approves!