Woolly Lilies, a free knitting pattern

Free knitting pattern, "Woolly Lilies". Use it to give new life to old scraps, or to inspire your next, new masterpiece! Free pattern available on the Two Strands knitting blog; yarn available through the designer at Kidsknits.com.

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!Asterisk Blossoms, a free knitting pattern from the Two Strands Blog.  Knit with Daletta and Hakkespett yarns, available through the designer at Kidsknits.com.

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.

Click here to download “Woolly Lilies“.  Click here to see more of my designsClick here to visit my online yarn shop. 

Happy gardening knitting!

P.S. Within minutes, several people have asked about Hakkespett.  The rainbow & blue versions used, above, are in stock.  We’ll have them listed on the Kidsknits site shortly and I’ll update the link at that time.(And here it is now!)  In the meantime, here’s the color card: hakkespett.  It’s $23.25 per 150g / 426 yd ball.  (Yup, that’s one big ball!) Feel free to email (masATkidsknitsDOTcom) or call (US toll-free 877-631-3031).

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Knitting designer, retailer and instructor specializing in Fair Isle and Nordic design. Website = kidsknits.com Blog = twostrands.com.
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3 Responses to Woolly Lilies, a free knitting pattern

  1. Val says:

    Thanks, this is just what this dull, snowy day calls for. I am pulling yarn this minute.

    Wanted to ask tho, was there a new sort of painted yarn released awhile ago? I thought I remembered reading about it on your blog, but for the life of me I can’t find it now.

  2. twostrands says:

    Wow, that was fast! Suddenly, I have several folks interested in Hakkespett! (Norwegian for “woodpecker”.) Here’s the scoop, from the manufacturer:

    Hakkespett is a 6-threaded yarn to knit socks and other type of accessories and garments with. It is a blend of 75% superwash wool and 25% polyamide. Machine washable. Do not use fabric softener. Recommended gauge is 28 stitches per 4 inches on size 3-4 needle. 150 gram ball/approx. 426 yards.

    I’ll add a link to the color card at the bottom of the post, above. Right now, we do have both the rainbow version, #0603 (used for the 4 linked lilies) and the blue version, #0610 (used with green + yellow Daletta) in stock, and the others will be here shortly. As of today (4/9/2015), we’re selling it for $23.25 per 150g/ 426yd ball. The other yarns mentioned are all on the website. This one should be shortly. I’ll change the Hakkespett link to go directly to the yarn page, one it’s set up for online ordering. In the meantime, feel free to email (masATkidsknitsDOTcom) or call (877-631-3031) to order.

  3. Thank you so much for this pattern which I will use to embellish everything.

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