Now that so many of you have wrapped up your winter sweater knitting, I’ve had lots of requests for a small, portable knitting project that uses up a rainbow of leftovers. Time to do some knitter’s composting!
After the long, dreary winter we’ve had, I’m too impatient to sit around through all of these April showers, waiting for May flowers. So, I’m making my own. If you can knit circularly, know a few basic lace stitches and have yarn scraps to spare, you can, too.
Use anywhere from one to four different-colored, smooth yarns of the same weight -any one weight will do. I used three shades of super-bulky Hubro for the big, lone flower on the left. The smallest flowers, on top, were knit from just one ball of self-striping Hakkespett, a new Dale sock yarn we recently started stocking. I added some background rounds and used sport weight Falk to create the hexagons. The variegated blue flowers, below, were made from one ball of Hakkespett, (in a range of blues) along with spring green and yellow Daletta.
What, nothing quite right in your stash?! Step right this way!
I’m not sure yet if my Woolly Lilies will become a pillow or an afghan or…heck, I might just blanket the countryside with ’em! Once you get the hang of these, you might not want to stop, either. And who says you have to?! You could tack one onto a hat; line a bunch up to cover a belt; link some together for a sweet, spring scarf; make that cozy afghan you really should have had this past winter; or, get carried away with the yarn bomb of your dreams.
Sure, it’s fun to see the surprising effects from just one ball of self-striping yarn. (And it cuts down nicely on the loose ends, too.) But, it’s also nice to have painterly control over which colors go where, and that works best with solid-colored yarns. If you haven’t tried stranded knitting yet, this might be the quickest, lowest risk chance you’ll get. There are just two very short, easy-peasy, optionally-stranded rounds near the center (#10 & #11 on the chart). Give them a try and I think you’ll see, stranding with two colors can really make a lovely difference in how articulated the centers / stamens appear.
Gauge isn’t a sticking point here. Start with needles in your yarn’s recommended size and see what blossoms. What matters most is that you’re happy with your result.
Here’s to hoping that your yarn sprouts into something far more delightful than those rain clouds on the horizon.
UPDATE: The Woolly Lilies free knitting pattern has been moved to the free patterns page on my new online shop, MaryAnnStephens.com. Click here to see more patterns on my new site. Click here to find yarn packs to coordinate with several of my designs.