Daffodil

Handmade Knitted Daffodil Finished Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

What you will need...

Total time - 6 Hours 30 minutes

(Petals 4 hours, trumpet 1 hour, stem 1 hour, 30 minutes sewing up)

3.25mm & 4mm knitting needles (UK 10 & 8, US 3 & 6)

Double knitting yarn - pale yellow and pale green

Jumbo straw (Mine was from Yorkshire Trading Co)

Ruler/ tape measure

Sewing up needle

Scissors

Handmade Daffodil Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Before You Start...

 

Abbreviations

K = Knit   P = Purl   St = Stitch   Sts = Stitches

Inc = Increase - by knitting into the front and the back of the same stitch, to make two stitches out of one.

Dec = Decrease - by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

K2tog = Knit two stitches together at the same time as above (thereby halving your stitches).

Yrn = 'Yarn Over' - Loop the yarn around the end of your needle (under and over) to create a new stitch.

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit.

St-st = stocking stitch. Alternating a row of knit stitches (right side), with a row of purl stitches (wrong side).

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - K wise unless otherwise stated. US - bind off.

 

TOP TIP

Straws all vary - check your size first!

Straw length - measure the length of your straw and if need be, reduce the number of cast on stitches proportionately to make your stem the correct size. For example, for a standard straw you may wish to reduce the number of cast on stitches to around 50.

Straw width - this pattern is based on JUMBO-SIZED straws. For a standard straw you may wish to reduce the number of rows to around 7. An odd number will allow the piece to edge nicely when casting off. Check your knitted piece fits comfortably around your straw before casting off.

How to Make it...

Made up of six petals, one centre trumpet and the stem.

Handmade Daffodil Petal Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Petals

Make 6

Time - 40 mins each

Size 6cm

Needles 3.25mm

Yarn Pale yellow

Cast on 4 sts

Next Row - Inc K-wise into every stitch (8 sts)

Next row P.

St-st 4 rows Inc 1 st at the start of every row (12 sts)

St-st 6 rows

St-st 8 rows Dec 1 st at the start of every row (4 sts) *

St-st 8 rows Inc 1 st at the start of every row (12 sts)

St-st 6 rows

St-st 4 rows Dec 1 st at the start of every row (8 sts)

K2tog to end

Cast off

Handmade Knitted Daffodil Centre Trumpet Pattern Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Centre Trumpet

Make 1

Time 1 hour

Size 5cm

Needles 3.25mm

Yarn Pale yellow

Cast on 8 sts

First row P

St-st 8 rows Inc 1 st into the first st of every row (16 sts)

St-st 7 more rows

Next row K2, then (yrn, K2tog) to the end

Beginning with a K row, st-st 8 further rows.

Continue in st-st a further 8 rows, Dec 1 st at the start of every row (7 sts).

Cast off

This finished open piece will be approximately 11cm.

Handmade Daffodil Stem Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Stem

Make 1

Time 1 hour

Size 29 cm

Needles 4mm

Yarn Pale green

Cast on 70 sts

Beginning with a P row, st-st 9 rows.

Cast off

 

Piece it Altogether

Fold each petal in half and oversew row ends.

Sew the six petals together at the cast on/cast off edges. They will overlap - placing them together as two sets of three looks nice.

Fold over the centre trumpet at the 'yrn' detailing and oversew row ends to form the trumpet shape.

Sew trumpet to centre of the six petals.

Place the stem piece around your straw, while sewing together cast on and cast off stitches of stem to form the tube shape.

Pop in a nice vase with some tissue paper at the bottom for added decoration!

Make it Different!

* If short on time - garter stitch the petals. Although not as smooth or thick, it will drastically reduce the time. Just cast off at the * on the petal pattern to make it single thickness.

Cut out more time! Consider using a green straw or even a brightly coloured one for contrast, instead of the knitted stem.

Behind the Scenes!

These patterns are all made up as I go along, learning from mistakes along the way. Every time I create a new pattern, I record it in the Updates part of this site (effectively my blog…)  There is a story behind each creation, and this can help give you some more ideas and inspiration.

All done?

Feel free to share your successes or any other tips or suggestions by emailing me. If it's all gone swimmingly and you're ready for you next challenge, have a look at what to try next!