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Free Tutorial - Adding a Pocket Bouquet to Your London Cardigan

Baby Cardigan - London Cardigan by Two Stix Studios

Adding just a simple detail to your London Cardigan will take it from simply sweet tosuper fabulous. In this photo tutorial you’ll see just how easy it is to add a small pocket bouquet to your London Cardigan. For this embellishment you will need some green yarn or embroidery thread, a crochet hook in the appropriate size, yarn for the pocket, (either the same as used in the cardigan or contrasting), knitting needles in appropriate size, ribbon or yarn for flowers, and a tapestry needle.  For illustration purposes the tutorial is worked on a swatch.   

1. First, use a dpn or scrap yarn to mark where you want the bottom of your pocket to be and the width of your pocket. The pocket shown here will be 10 stitches wide. You may want to adjust depending on the size of your garment, just do an even number of stitches. Tutorial 1

2.  Next, make the stems for your flowers, placing them inside the parameters of your pocket. We do this now so that the bottoms of the stems go inside the pocket. It can be done after you make the pocket, but it’s much easier this way! To make the stems I used a wrapped yarn from Habu Textiles and did a single crochet in each of the bumps in a row, but you could also embroider the stems and/or do it between the bumps.   

Tutorial 2

3.  Once you have your stems in place, (I went with three stems for this project), you return to making your pocket. If you’ve used a dpn to mark the bottom of the pocket you can work from that. If not, put those stitches back on our knitting needle.

4.  Starting on the right side of the pocket, (ie the stitches on the right end of your knitting needle), knit one row. Purl the next row. Work 4 more rows of stocking stitch, (total of 6 rows), ending on a purl row.

5.  Work next row as follows: k1, k2tog to last stitch, k1. This creates a bit of vase shape for the pocket. If you don’t want that then just knit across.

6.  Knit 4 more rows for a garter stitch edge, then bind off on next row. Stitch the sides of the pocket to your cardigan. Tutorial 3

7.  Now you will create your rosette flowers. I’ve used ribbon from Crystal Palace Yarns called Party Ribbon, but you can use just about any type of narrow ribbon or even yarn. I’ve used DK weight mercerized cotton in the past with good results. Thread your chosen ribbon or yarn through a tapestry needle. My rosettes took about 24” of ribbon each, but your yardage will depend on how big you make them.

8.  First create your base, consisting of five points. You begin by bringing your threaded needle with the ribbon from the back to the front of garment at the point where you want the center of the rosette. Put the ribbon to the back about ¼-1/2” from your starting point. Bring the ribbon back to the front at the same center point where you started and repeat until you have five evenly spaced loops, (they don’t have to be exact). I’ve provided a drawing to illustrate what the five points should look like. It looks a bit like a toddler’s scrawl, but hopefully it gets the point across! These are also sometimes referred to as spider rosettes, and you can see why! Try to get your five loops about the same distance from the center, but again, they don’t have to be exact.Tutorial 4 copy

9.  When you’ve completed the five points, bring the yarn to the front center of your “web” again and begin weaving the ribbon in an over/under fashion in one circular direction, (ie, take ribbon over the first loop, under the second loop, over the third loop, etc.) Tutorial 4.5   Continue in this fashion, drawing up the ribbon, (although not too tight), and shaping as you go until your original five loops are fully filled out. Then take the ribbon to the back of the garment, weave in the end and fasten off. Repeat for remaining rosettes. Baby Cardigan Flower Embellishment - Two Stix Studios 

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