Primrose

Handmade Knitted Primrose Plant Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

How to Knit a Primrose

What you will need...

Total time - 6 Hours 30 Minutes each Plant as Shown

Size 20cm

3.25mm knitting needles (UK 10, US 3)

Double knitting yarn - any desired colour

Sewing up needle

Scissors

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Before You Start...

Abbreviations

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

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

G-st = Garter stitch. Every row knit (no purl stitches)

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

K2tog = Decrease by knitting two stitches together, making one stitch from two.

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

Cast On - I use the thumb method

Cast off - P wise. US - bind off.

TOP TIP

To help with counting rows and to allow you to remember whether you are on an odd or even row, it is useful to look at the cast on edge and see which side the yarn end is dangling from, or use any completed pieces as a template.

As nature throws up all shapes and sizes, you could make some smaller or larger leaves by adding or removing rows in the centre of each piece (currently at 15 rows). Keep this an odd number to keep the pattern in sync! For example, making this 9 rows forms an 8cm leaf.

How to Make it...

Made from three knitted flowers each made from a single piece, three finger-knitted stems, and sixteen knitted leaf pieces to form 8 leaves.

Handmade Knitted Primrose Leaf Parts Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Leaves

Make 2 for Each Leaf

Make 16 Pieces total (to form 8 leaves)

Time - 15 Minutes Each Piece

Size 11 cm

Handmade Knitted Leaf Part Primrose Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Light Green

Cast on 2 sts

Next row K

Next row K1, inc Kwise (3sts)

G-st 3 rows

Next row K2, inc Kwise (4sts)

G-st 3 rows

Next row K3, inc Kwise (5sts)

G-st 3 rows

Next row K4, inc Kwise (6sts)

G-st 15 rows

Next row K4, K2tog (5sts)

G-st 3 rows

Next row K3, K2tog (4sts)

G-st 3 rows

Next row K2, K2tog (3sts)

G-st 3 rows

Next row K1, K2tog (2sts)

Next row K

Cast off Kwise

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Primrose Flower

Make 3 for Each Plant

Time - 20 Minutes Each

Size 4 cm

Handmade Knitted Primrose Flower Piece Side View Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Needles 3.25 mm

Yarn Yellow / Cream

Begin with yellow and cast on 2sts

Inc Kwise into both sts (4sts)

Next row P

Next row Inc Kwise into every st (8sts)

Next row P

Change yarn here to Cream/Outer Colour

Inc Kwise into every st (16sts)

Next row P

Next row (K2, inc Kwise) Five times, K1 (21 sts)**

Next row P

Next row K2, (Yrn, K2tog) 9 times, K1

Next row P

K1, (K2tog, K2) 5 times (16 sts)***

Next row P

Next row K2tog to end (8 sts)

Next row P

K2tog to end (4 sts)

next row P

K2tog twice (2 sts)

Next row P

K2tog and fasten off

Piece it Together...

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Oversewing Leaf Ridge

Leaves

Sew together two leaf pieces by placing them one on top of the other (straight edges together), and sewing through the pieces at this edge (rather than over-sewing row ends.) This will leave a slight ridge to produce a more prominent centre line.

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Completed Leaf
Handmade Knitted Primrose Flower Sewing Up Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Sewing Up the Primrose

Flowers

When sewing together the knitted primrose, it may seem like an unusual shape at first. The row ends are over-sewn together, and beginning at the junction where the colours change, and then working towards the centre of the flower at the cast on edge, will give a tidier finish. Fasten off and then work from the cast off edge over-sewing row ends again, working towards the centre, fastening off at the yarn colour change row. Push gently into the centre to form a gentle concave shape.

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Knitted Primrose Flower
Handmade Knitted Primrose Flower Stem Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Finger Knitting

Stems

Using two lengths of yarn together, finger-knit a length of approximately 3-4cm to form the primrose flower stem. Attach the top of this to the base of the primrose flower.

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Primrose Flower Attached to Upper Stem
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Adding the Stems

Final Plant

Place four leaves together centrally as shown in the picture and sew together, fastening off loose ends.

Sew the base of the finger knitted stems to the centre of this, before adding the remaining four leaves.

Gently curl the stems to add a little bounce to your flowers and allow them to rest lightly on the leaves underneath.

There you have your cheerful decorative piece!

Handmade Knitted Primrose Stem Attachment to Plant Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Primrose Sewn Centrally
Handmade Knitted Primrose Plant Underside Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Knitted Primrose Underside
Handmade Knitted Primrose Plant In Pot Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Knitted Primrose
Handmade Knitted Primrose in Plantpot Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas
Cup inside Plantpot!

Make it Different...

Change the number of flowers or leaves to make bigger or smaller plants.

Change the petal colours to add a splash of colour to a room.

Pop it in a nice plantpot (I put an upside down plastic cup in the bottom of a pot as a surface to sit the primrose on!)

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Knitted Primrose Decoration
Handmade Knitted Primrose Flower Piece Fitting in Knitting Children Quick Craft Ideas

Now for the Maths!

To get the correct number of petal tips I used a bit of maths. Skip this bit if you fancy but it's helpful to know if you want to try and get a different number for a different kind of flower...

So... The primrose flower must have the correct number of stitches by the time you reach the row containing the 'yrn' stitches. This is because the flower is formed with a single piece bent around, and the 'yrn' forms the dip between the tips. Therefore, the number of 'yrn' stitches should be one less than the desired number of tips i.e. 10 - 1= 9. This is because the join will form the gap for the tenth tip.

As the pattern is 'yrn, K2tog', there needs to be double the amount of stitches on the row as number of 'yrn' stitches. i.e. 9 x 2 = 18 sts.

I then added 2 knitted sts for the start of the row, before the first 'yrn' and 1 knitted stitch at the end of the row after the last K2tog to form the first and last tips evenly.

Total number of stitches = (9 x 2) + 2 + 1 = 21 sts

It is therefore this number of stitches that you need to achieve, on row **. It will also correlate that this number will need to be reduced in the same way on row ***

For example if you want 8 tips - (7 x 2) + 2 + 1 = 17 sts. Good luck with making up some of your own designs!

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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!