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14 May

Knit Your Own Flower Bed

Flower Bed_75FloralBlockstoKNIT

I promised a few weeks back that to celebrate spring, I’d be posting some springtime knit and crochet flower patterns to get you excited for this beautiful season. Here is our first flower pattern from 75 Floral Blocks to Knit by Lesley Stanfield.

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This pattern is the perfect inspiration for spring, as flowers begin to bloom in vibrant colors around our neighborhoods. I love taking slow strolls around the block and staring into the gardens to see all the different flowers that have sprung from the ground.

This Flower Bed pattern is a repeat pattern that’s usually worked in two colors. But varying the colors through makes a lovely springtime garden scene. A scheme of slip stitches means that only one color is worked at a time.

MATERIALS

Yarn : DK wool in pale gray (A), 4 shades of green (B), and 4 shades of mauve and pink (C)

Equipment:  A pair of knitting needles

METHOD

Specific abbreviation mb make bobble: p3, turn, k3, turn, p3tog, take yarn to back.

Note All slip stitches are slipped purlwise.

INSTRUCTIONS

Using A, cast on 33 sts. 1st and 3rd rows (RS) K. 2nd and 4th rows P.

Change to first shade B. 5th row K. 6th row K5, [wrapping yarn 3 times for each st k3, k7] twice, wrapping yarn 3 times for each st k3, k5.

Change to A. 7th row K1, [slip 1, k3, slip 3 dropping extra wraps, k3] 3 times, slip 1, k1. 8th row P1, [wyif slip 1, p3, wyif slip 3, p3] 3 times, wyif slip 1, p1. 9th row K5, [slip 3, k7] twice, slip 3, k5. 10th row P5, [wyif slip 3, p7] twice, wyif slip 3, p5. 11th row K3, [slip 2, drop next st off needle to front, slip same 2 slip sts back on to left-hand needle, pick up and k dropped st without twisting it, k3, drop next st off needle to front, k2, pick up and k dropped st without twisting it, k3] 3 times.

Change to first shade C. 12th row P1, wyif slip 2, * [(p1, k1, p1) in next st, wyif slip 2] twice, (p1, k1, p1) in next st, wyif slip 3; repeat from * once, [(p1, k1, p1) in next st, wyif slip 2] 3 times, p1. 13th row K1, slip 2, * mb, [slip 2, mb] twice, slip 3; repeat from * once, [mb, slip 2] 3 times, k1.

Change to A. 14th row P, working each bobble st tbl. Repeat 3rd–14th rows 3 times more, substituting shades B and C each time. K1 row, p1 row, k1 row. Bind off knitwise.

I'm an assistant editor at St. Martin's Press. I caught the crafting bug when I was little and I wouldn't let my parents leave the store without buying me a crafting kit---any crafting kit! I wove baskets, folded origami, made jewelry, and painted glass. I'm an avid, but impatient knitter, so I'm always choosing projects that I can finish over a weekend. I also love to cook and bake. When I'm not working in the office working on craft books, my weekend consists of , well...making something with my hands. I'm usually scouring whatever's fresh at the farmer's market or food co-op, trying out new recipes, and working on my latest craft project.

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