How to Knit a Flower


A hand knit flower brooch makes a sweet dress even sweeter.

Hand knit flowers are perfect for embellishing larger projects; they can be stitched onto a hand knit hat to form a cloche, used to add a personal touch to a wrapped gift or stitched onto a garment to give it an extra bit of charm. The flowers require only a bit of knitting experience and can easily be customized to suit your tastes and needs.

Things You'll Need

Only a few items are needed for this quick project.

Two yarn colors, less than 50 yards each Straight knitting needles Yarn needle Scissors Hand towel Sink

Casting On

Knit six stitches onto your needle.

Cast on two stitches. Knit into the front and back of each stitch. You now have four stitches. Purl 1 row. Knit front and back, knit 2, knit front and back. You now have six stitches. Purl 1 row.

Work In Stockinette Stitch

This is the final shape of the petal.

Work six rows in stockinette stitch: purl on the wrong side, and knit on the right side.

Make a Second Petal

Leave the first petal resting on the needle while you knit the next.

Cut the yarn and slide the petal to the end of the knitting needle so it won't fall off. Knit a second petal by casting two stitches onto the needle that holds the resting petal.

Finish Your Petals

Seven petals resting side by side.

Cut the yarn and slide this petal to the end of the knitting needle next to the first one. Make five more petals, until you have seven petals resting on your needle. Do not cut the yarn after knitting the final petal.

Attach the Petals

Knit the petals together.

Knit into the last stitch of the first petal on your needle. Knit this last stitch together with the first stitch of the next petal; one stitch has been decreased. Knit into the last stitch of this petal, and knit together this last stitch with the first stitch of the next petal. Repeat this process until all the petals are attached. Knit into the end of the final petal. You have 36 stitches on your needles. Purl 1 row, and cut the yarn.

Work the Center

Decrease the center of the flower to form a circle.

Change to your contrasting color yarn. Knit 2 rows. Knit 2 stitches together across the entire row. You have 18 stitches on your needles. Knit 1 row. Knit 2 stitches together across the entire row. You now have nine stitches on your needles. Knit 1 row.

Remove Stitches From the Knitting Needles

Place the stitches onto the yarn needle.

Cut your yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail through the yarn needle and insert the needle through the remaining nine stitches, lifting them off of the knitting needle.

Form the Flower

Pull the stitches to close any gaps in the flower.

Pull the stitches tightly and use the yarn needle to sew up the side of the center of the flower to close the circle.

Finish the Flower

Weave in all the tail ends.

Use the yarn needle to weave in the contrasting color yarn on the wrong side. Using the petal tail closest to where you closed the flower circle, stitch up a few rows to match the other petals. Weave in the petal ends on the wrong side.

Block the Flower

Soak the flower in water to relax the petals.

Immerse the flower in a sink full of warm water and allow it to soak for five minutes.

Let the Flower Dry

Stretch the petals so they lay flat.

Gently squeeze out the excess water and lay the flower flat on a towel to dry, pressing the petals into shape.


Be creative with your flower!

Any needle size and yarn works well. Larger needles and heavier yarn make larger flowers, and vice versa.

You can vary the number of petals to make different types of flowers.

Knit a green petal and attach it to the flower to serve as a leaf.

About the Author

Nikki Van De Car is a knitting and motherhood blogger for the website What To Knit When You're Expecting. Her collection of knitting patterns, "What To Knit When You're Expecting," is available from Running Press.