Saturday, March 2, 2013

Pom Pom Flowers: Free Pattern!

Ever want to add some flowers to your home to add some brightness? Have allergies or are you just not great with checking the water level or don't want to spend lots of money on fresh flowers? Well, these Pom Pom Flowers just might meet your needs!

As I was playing around with i-cord for my upcoming new pattern and the Initial Hats, I started wondering what might happen if you add a little structure to the inside of the cord. I grabbed some drinking straws, yarn, and my pom pom maker. Thus, the Pom Pom Flowers were born.

Aren't they adorable? They fit perfectly in my guest room that has these colors in the comforter. (They are nestled in a sweet little vase with knitting cables on it that my good friend Carol gave to me.)

You will need:

  • 10 yards of green and 10 yards of flower color for each flower/stem; sample used Cascade 220 Superwash and Spud & Chloe Sweater scraps
  • Size US 6 DPN needles
  • Pom pom maker (There are lots of makers on the market or you can look on YouTube for videos on how to make one from cardboard. I have a tree sort of like this one.)
  • Drinking straws (one per flower)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
Gauge is not critical for this pattern. 

First make your desired number of pom poms. I used the 2 inch size on my pom pom tree and wrapped it about 50 times. The more you wrap, the fuller the pom and the prettier the flower.

Next, with the stem yarn and the DPNs, cast on 6 stitches using the long-tail cast on. Working in i-cord, knit until the stem will just fit over both ends of the straw. (For me, that was about 7 inches with the i-cord slightly stretched.) Insert the straw into the middle of the cord. Using your cast on and bind off tails, sew the ends shut. Finally, use the tail (or a cut piece of matching yarn to your pom flower) to sew the flower to the stem. Ta-Da! 

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