Free Jewelry Knitting Pattern: Flirty Flower Pin With Button Center
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
R14: Repeat Row 11 (decrease 2 sts, total 3)
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 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.
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!
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!
© 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.