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Free Jewelry Knitting Pattern: Flirty Flower Pin With Button Center

An avid knitter for over 10 years, Donna enjoys sharing her free patterns and knitting experience with other fiber fans and yarn lovers.

knitted flower pin pattern

knitted flower pin pattern

These knitted flowers are colorful accessories that are quick to knit and easy to assemble. They are a fun project, and you can use scrap yarn (yea!). You can make them as sophisticated, romantic, or as funky as you want by adding the button or buttons of your choice as the center of your flower.

These flower pins make great quick gifts, or a wonderful little topper for a present. I've also given them to friends as a simple "pick-me-up". This pattern includes directions to turn your flower into a pin, but you can also use these flowers as a decoration on a sweater, hat or headband, purse, pillow, almost anything.

Size

For my flower (above), I used worsted weight yarn and a #7 knitting needle. The finished flower pin is about 4 inches in diameter. If you want to make a smaller flower, you could use dk or sock weight yarn and the appropriate size needle. Another option to make your flower smaller would be to delete a couple of the rows between rows 5 -10 of the pattern, though this will make each petal more round and less teardrop shaped.

To decide on a size, I would suggest doing a test by knitting one petal. Use the yarn and needle of your choice, but don't cut your yarn when you're done. If you don't like the size when you are finished knitting the petal, you can just unravel it and use your yarn again.

My Materials

Scraps (maybe a large egg sized ball) of Caron Simply Soft Paints in Sunset (worsted weight yarn)

#7 needle (or appropriate needle for your yarn)

needle to weave in ends

a couple of my favorite buttons

a pinback that can be sewn on

sewing needle and thread

knitted flower  (c) purl3agony 2012

knitted flower (c) purl3agony 2012

Knitting Your Petals

My flower is made up of 5 petals, but your could also use 6 petals or only 4 if you choose. For each petal:

Cast on 3 stitches, leaving a 3 to 4 inch tail. You will use this tail to assemble your flower

R1: K1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (increase by 2 sts, total 5)

R2: Knit

R3: Knit

R4: K2, yo, k1, yo, k2 (increase by another 2 sts, total 7)

R5 - R10: Knit (6 rows in all).

R11: (Sl 1, k1, psso), knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog (decrease 2 sts, total 5)

R12: Knit

R13: Knit

R14: Repeat Row 11 (decrease 2 sts, total 3)

R15: Knit

R16: Knit

R17: Slip 2 sts knitwise, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st (decrease by 2 sts, left with 1 st.)

Cut yarn, pulling it through your last st, and leave another 3 to 4 inch tail. Repeat to knit 4-6 petals to make your flower.

Note: Since I was using acrylic yarn, I did not block my petals. I just pulled them out a bit into a teardrop shape. I don't think you would need to do any blocking regardless of what type of yarn you use, unless your petals were curling. Then you might want to do a light block.

assembling a knitted flower  (c) purl3agony 2012

assembling a knitted flower (c) purl3agony 2012

Assembling Your Flower

Depending on how many petals you want to use, you can put together your flower with either the pointy teardrop end toward the center, or the more rounded end toward the center. I would suggest that you lay your petals out and try both options before starting to assemble your flower.

I made my flower by putting the pointy ends in the center. I overlapped each petal just a little bit, then used the 3 inch tail to sew or seam it to the next petal. Then I just wove in the tail from the other end of the petal.

finished flower pin  (c) purl3agony 2012

finished flower pin (c) purl3agony 2012

The Button Center

I love buttons, and I knew I wanted to use this large vintage button from my aunt's button box as my center. I layered it with a smaller purple button for a colorful funky look, making sure the holes in each button lined up. Then I sewed the buttons in the center of my flower using a sewing needle and thread. I love the finished look!

adding the pin back  (c) purl3agony 2012

adding the pin back (c) purl3agony 2012

Attaching A Pin Back

There are a few ways you can attach a pin back if you want to turn your flower into a brooch. I simply sewed on a pin back that I bought at the craft store with a needle and thread, making sure it was secure. My pin back had a series of holes that I used to run my thread through.

Another option would be to cut a circle out of some fabric, making the circle a little wider than your pin back. You could either glue (using fabric glue) or sew the circle on to the back of your flower. Then you could use hot glue (maybe?) or sew your pin back onto the fabric circle.

This flower pin adds a little bit of color and cheer to any outfit. I hope you enjoy wearing your knitted flower!

how to knit a flirty flower pin  (c) purl3agony 2012

how to knit a flirty flower pin (c) purl3agony 2012

© 2012 Donna Herron. No part of this pattern may be copied or reproduced in any way without permission from the author/designer. For personal use only. This pattern and materials made from this pattern are not meant for commercial sale.

Comments

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 31, 2012:

Thanks! Hope you had a great holiday and trip. Best wishes for 2013!!

Jill Spencer from United States on December 31, 2012:

I missed your new HOTD while we were traveling. It's delightful! And the pics are awesome. Congratulations!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 28, 2012:

Hi vibesites - Thanks so much for your comments! I appreciate your support :)

vibesites from United States on December 28, 2012:

Really really cute and very versatile. Great instructions. And congrats for the HOTD! Voted up and useful. :)

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 28, 2012:

Hi Shellreeser - Glad you enjoy my pattern. It doesn't take long and you could do a petal a day, then work on assembly as you had time. I think your daughter would love a knitted flower to put on her favorite sweater or hat :)

Thanks again!

Shelby Tatianna Reeser from Madison, Wisconsin on December 27, 2012:

Awesome! I've never taken classes so I only know the knit stitch which I had to relearn from youtube. I'm a single mom of a beautiful two year old daughter so my time to learn and practice is pretty much nil. If I'm lucky I knit two hours a week total so I've made mostly scarves. This looks to be a quick fun little project! Thanks.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Hi knitnicole - welcome to Hubpages! I'm glad you like the pattern. Thanks so much for your comments:) Best wishes for 2013!

Nicole from Ontario, Canada on December 27, 2012:

Hello, thank you for posting your knitting pattern, I'd love to try it. Very decorative with the button!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Hi Jackie - I wish I could learn to crochet, but I just haven't done it yet! Maybe we'll both do better in the new year :) Thanks for your comment!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 27, 2012:

That is so cute. I can crochet but have no patience for knitting, it just will not stay in my memory! Wish it would. lol

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Hi Kristen, I'm sure you'll be able to make anything you want in a short amount of time. Glad you like my flower pattern and thanks for your comment!

Hey, Wonder wool - Thanks! Looking forward to more of your hubs in 2013!

Priyanka Estambale from United States on December 27, 2012:

Hi Purl - Best wishes to you too!! :)

Kristen Haynie from Scotia, CA on December 27, 2012:

This is so cute! I would love to make one of these! Unfortunately, I am at a very, very basic level when it comes to knitting, and I need to improve my skills before I can tackle this. But I'm definitely Pinning it for later!

Congratulations on getting Hub of the Day!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Hi Wonder wool - Thanks! I love your username :) Best wishes for a great new year!

Priyanka Estambale from United States on December 27, 2012:

Beautiful..!!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Thanks, Night Magic - they are easy to do! I hope you enjoy the pattern and thanks for your comments :)

Hi Sunshine 625 - Thanks for your message! I love the buttons, too. They're my favorite part :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 27, 2012:

Adorable pin, I like how you added the button for an extra touch of cuteness! Congrats on your HOTD.

Night Magic from Canada on December 27, 2012:

These are really cute & sound easy enough to do. I'll have to give it a try. Congrats on the HotD

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Thanks vespawoolf! I think you'd enjoy knitting, and Hubpages is full of great information, patterns, and ideas. Thanks for posting your comments :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 27, 2012:

Congrats on HOTD! What a beautiful idea. You just never know--I've always wanted to take up knitting and now I have all the information I need with your patterns. Thanks!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Hi bodylevive, This is a pretty basic stitch pattern that I'm sure you could master. And since you sew and embroider, you will probably do a much better job of assembling the flower than I did :) You could also add some embroidered details! Thanks for your comment!!

Hi Kerry Anita - Thanks so much for your comment! I'm happy to share :)

Hi Cathy, thanks for passing this pattern on to others! I'm sure you can make a beautiful flower. Thanks for leaving a comment :)

Ms. Immortal from NJ on December 27, 2012:

Beautiful and great idea. I am not a great knitter but will give it a go, and pass on to my friends. Thanks!

KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on December 27, 2012:

Such a pretty pattern! Thanks for sharing!

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on December 27, 2012:

Congrats on HOTD. I'm not a fiber fan but I like the petal. My thing is sewing and embroidery, never took the time to learn how to do that. Since I'm retired now I may as well incorporate that too.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 27, 2012:

Thanks, RTalloni - I'm glad you can translate this pattern to crochet and still use it! Always great to meet another fiber fan :)

Thanks again!

Hi Cyndi10 - Yes, I think these flowers can be used in ways I haven't even thought of :) Thanks for your sweet comments. I appreciate it!!

Hi Esmeowl112 - I'm glad your Mom will enjoy this pattern. Hopefully she'll make something for you :) Thanks so much!

Hi KDeus - Thanks, as always, for your support and comments! Hope you have a great new year! Thanks again :)

Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 27, 2012:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! It is well deserved!! :)

Cindy A Johnson from Sevierville, TN on December 27, 2012:

My mom is an avid knitter. I have printed off this pattern for her and I know she'll love it. Thanks!

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on December 27, 2012:

This is too cute! I can also see the flower used in so many ways. Great project. Congrats on Hub of the Day.

RTalloni on December 27, 2012:

Such a cute project! Congrats on a well-done Hub of the Day!

Though I only crochet :) this is a cross-over project--thanks!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 21, 2012:

Hi KDeus - I'm thrilled that you like my hubs! :) Thanks so much for your kind words and support!!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 21, 2012:

Hi leahlefler - Yes, these flowers could be used on a number of accessories and other items. They are a fun way to add a bit more color and style! Thanks so much for your comment!!

Keely Deuschle from Florida on December 20, 2012:

This is too cute! My to-do projects are growing with these great hubs!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on December 20, 2012:

This is so cute! I could see this on a little winter hat - what a fun accessory!

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 20, 2012:

theframjak, Thanks for your comment!! Yes, these flower pins would make a great stocking stuffer! You still have time to make a few for your friends and loved ones :)

theframjak from East Coast on December 20, 2012:

These look great. I bet they make great gifts for this time of year.

Donna Herron (author) from USA on December 20, 2012:

Thanks!! I really liked this yarn and wanted to find something to make from the little bit I had left. And I think the buttons add just the right touch of whimsy :)

Thanks, as always, for your comment!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on December 20, 2012:

What a lovely flower! nd I love the buttons you chose for the center. A lovely piece to wear as jewelry!