– scraps of yarn in purple, yellow and light green. I used purple yarn in aran weight, and green green and yellow in worsted weight, since the stem should be a bit firmer.
– Five size 4 Double Pointed Needles
– Two size 10 Double Pointed Needles (or another large-ish size) for the I-cord stem
– pipe cleaners to firm up stems (optional)
Abbreviations: DPNs = double pointed needles
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together into 1
m1 = make one new stitch by using your left needle to pick up the bar between the stitches on your right and left needles and knitting into the back of it with your right needle
ssk = slip the next two stitches onto the right-hand needle as if to knit. Stick the tip of your left-hand needle into them from below, and then knit them together as one. a decrease stitch.
First, make the stem:
Knit as an i-cord in the round
with the larger needles and green yarn, CO 4 stitches
Rounds 1-12: k as i-cord for 12 roundsswitch to yellow
Round 13: k1, k2tog, k1 (3 stitches)
Rounds 14-18: k as i-cord for 5 rounds
Use a crochet hook to pull all ends into the inside of of the I-cord and cut off any access showing yarn.
With your crochet hook, pull a pipe cleaner through the green part of the stem, just until the yellow. Clip off any excess, visible pipe cleaner.
Now, the blooms
Knit in the round
with smaller needles and purple yarn,CO 28 stitches and divide evenly onto 4 DPNs (7 stitches per needle)
Round 1: k
Round 2: [ssk, k1, m1, k1, m1, k1, k2tog] 4 times
Rounds 3-10: Repeat rounds 1 and 2 four more times (five repeats total)
Round 11: [k2tog, k1] 8 times, k2tog, k2tog (18 stitches)*you will have to slip some stitches around on your 4 dpns to do all the k2tog’s
Round 12: k2tog around (9 stitches)
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail about 6 inches long. Stick the completed stem into the hole at the bottom of your bloom and thread your tail through your remaining stitches pulling tight around your stem. Use a crochet hook to pull your end through some stitches on the stem for extra security, and tie a slip knot.
Enjoy making your crocuses, and let me know how yours turn out.