Here is a last minute Mother's Day gift, suitable for any "mum", mom, auntie or Grandma. It's a tiny knitted flower pin bouquet, which I am sure will be loved because it is home made
Step 1: Things You Will Need
This bouquet is knitted on 3mm needles with oddments of yarn in suitable colours that you may have in your yarn stash (if you have one, like I do!)
You can use any colours!
Step 2: Casting On
Taking your # 3mm needles cast on 10 stitches in one of your flower colours.
1st row knit two together (5 stitches)
cut of the yarn leaving a long thread and with a needle run through the five stitches left on the needle and sew up tightly. Then sew both edges together (not the cast on or off edges!) This is your first flower.
Step 3: Make More Flowers in Colours of Your Choice
I actually made 10 flowers because I was not sure how many I would need. I only ended up using 6 of them, but you can use as many as you like. They are all made the same way.
Step 4: Add a Green Centre to Each Flower
Take a short piece of green (or colour of choice) yarn and make two or three knots in the centre one above each other. Thread one end of the yarn onto the needle and pass through the centre of the flower. Take the other end of the yarn in the same way and pass that through the centre so you now have a green knot in the middle of the flower. Do this with all the flowers.
Step 5: Knit the Wrapper for the Bouquet
With white or colour of choice, cast on 20 stitches and knit 20 row in stockinette stitch. (one row plain knitting and one row purl). Bind or cast off depending on which continent you live in. In US it's called binding off and in England it's called casting off - don't ask me why!
Step 6: Forming the Bouquet
Although I had knitted 10 flowers I found that was too many to fit into the knitted wrapping paper, so I chose 6. I bunched them together and attached them all just under the flower part so they would be easier to manage and stay put. When they were all secure, I cut off most of the "tails" of the flowers so that the pin would not be too bulky.
Step 7: Putting It All Together
I then turned the knitted wrapping paper and folded it diagonally inside out and sewed up one corner. The right side of this is the purl side.
Step 8: Forming the Bouquet
Put the flowers into the knitted wrapper and add a few bits of green yarn to suggest leaves. Sew the flowers in neatly.
Step 9: Add a Bow, and a Safety Pin to the Back
Add a bow, using a short piece of yarn tied around the "handle" of the bouquet.
As a finishing touch, I added a safety pin to the back of the pin so it can be pinned to a jacket.
I wore my little boquet to a Mother's Day tea yesterday (May 10th) and ended up giving it away to a friend. However, as I already had four extra flowers knitted, I knitted two more, plus another knitted wrapper and made myself a a second little bouquet! (of course I gave that one away today!) If I want another, I'll just have to knit it from scratch!
These little pins took me less than an hour each to make, so if you are stuck for a gift and are a knitter, this might just save the day!