There are two flowers that are my ultimate favorite, tulips and calla lilies. At my wedding, I wanted both but it was way too early for tulips, so I wanted to have at least one vase full of Calla Lilies, I was blessed that I was able to have a couple of vases with them.
To tell you that I meant to do this project would be a complete lie. I
embarked to do a completely different project and I started off really
well, confident of what I was doing, but I forgot one important
characteristic of knitting and as a result what I wanted to be a square
ended up not being a square. As I dropped my swatch on my side bed and
went off to do something else and to think about my project that I
needed to get done, I was kicking myself for forgetting that a project
completed with all knit rows is “taller” than a project completed with
garter stitch. But, as I got back to keep on swatching, I saw my project
sitting on the side of the bed, and it looked quite a bit like one of
my favorite flowers, a Calla Lilly. I couldn’t believe my luck, my
“ooops” had become a beautiful project, all it needed was a stem and a
pistil. I went off to work, digging for appropriate colors and by the
end of the day, I had a beautiful flower. The next step was to find a
way for the flower to stay up. It was simple, it needed some sort of
wire, so I made another and felted it and then tried to put the wire
through it. Nope. It didn’t work. As hard I tried, I couldn’t get the
wire through the stem or pistil. Again, I forgot the characteristics of
my knitting–felted items are very hard and there was no way I was going
to get a wire through the length of the i-cord. Another test knitting
was needed, this time with the wire integrated while the knitting was
unfelted. Two whole days later, and I had success!!!
I hope you enjoy knitting these as much as I enjoyed making them. You can knit one Calla lily in an episode of Dr. Who :).
These felted calla lilies came from a “ooops” project. I was trying
to create something else and when I finished the project didn’t turn
out, so I just dropped the swatch and left it there while I went
downstairs. When I came back, the swatch had rolled up and it looked
exactly like a calla lily, all it needed was a stem and the pistil.
I haven’t been this excited about a project in a very long time, I hope you enjoy making them too.
Materials Loom:Sock Loom 2 by KnittingBoard.com, used 50 pegs. Yarn: 65 yards of worsted weight wool. Knit Picks
Chroma in Natural (approx 50 yds), Lamb’s Pride in Lime Sorbet (approx
10 yds), Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Golden Heather(approx 5
yds). Notions: Knitting tool, needles, 20 Gauge Jewelry Wire (About 24 inches per flower).
MC=Main color (Natural)
CC=Contrasting color (Lime Sorbet)
SCC=Second contrasting color (Golden Heather)
Pattern notes: The body of the Calla Lilly is worked
as a miter square. Set up your knitting loom to its largest
configuration (sliders all the way to the end). To make it easier to
decrease for the miter square, set up the knitting loom as to have the
middle 25th peg at one of the corners where the slider and one of the
long rails meet.
Color changes: The first 38 rows are worked in Main Color (MC), at row
37 (There will be 14 sts on the loom), we will cut MC and join the CC.
Using MC, cast on 50 sts, prepare to knit a flat panel.
Row 1: (Going clockwise or from right to left). K23, k2tog, k2tog, k23. Slide the slider inwards.
Row 2: K to the end of the row
Row 3: k22, k2tog, k2tog, k22. Slide the slider inwards.
Row 4: k to the end of the row.
Continue repeating these last two rows, decreasing two stitches on every
ODD row, until you have 4 sts left on the knitting loom. (On every ODD
row, the numbers will go down from k22, k21, k20, k19, k18, k17, k16,
k15, k14, k13, k12, k11, k10, k9, k8, k7, k6, k5, k4, k3, k2, k1).
At this point, we will work the stem on the remaining 4 sts. We will work a 4 stitch I-cord.
While you work the i-cord you will place the Wire inside the cord as follows:
Move the 4 sts remaining to the center of one of the long rails. Working
yarn should be at the LEFT side (on the last peg of the 4 sts).
Place the wire behind the pegs, against the work, take working yarn
behind the pegs (the wire should be between/sandwiched between the work
and the yarn), take yarn to first peg and knit it. Knit to the end of
row. *Take the working yarn behind the pegs (the wire again should be
between the work and the working yarn), take yarn in front of the first
peg. K4. Repeat from * until stem measures about 14 inches. BO with
gather removal method. Make sure the wire stays inside the i-cord. Weave
The Wire should be protruding from the opposite side, near the base of
the square. Using SCC, cast on 4 sts. Work a 4 st i-cord, sandwiching
the Wire inside the i-cord. If the Wire is too long, trim it so it ends
inside the i-cord. BO with gather removal method. Make sure the wire
stays inside the i-cord. Weave ends in.
Your flower should resemble the picture below (except with wire coming from the green stem to the yellow pistil).
The last thing we need to do is close the flower, this is where the
miter becomes a flower. Over lap the two sides over the pistil. Using
MC, seam the flower close, leaving the corners of the sides open so they
become part of the outer lip of the Lily. Weave all ends in.
Due to the wire inside the flower, I recommend to use a zippered pillow
case to felt your item. It will keep the flower inside the pillow case
and if the wire sticks out of the stem and pistil it won’t damage the
inside of your washer. (Flower below shows flower unfelted).
Place 1 tsp of Eucalan woolwash in your washer.
Set washer to Hot and Small load.
Throw a pair of jeans for extra agitation.
Place your zippered pillow case in the wash (with your flower inside the pillow case).
Let it go through the wash cycle.
Remove and inspect the felting process. If the flower is felted to
your liking, remove from the washer. Squeeze as much water as you can
out by placing the flower between two towels and with your hands
pressing down. Do not wring the water out, this will create wrinkles.
Form the flower by shaping the petals down, it will naturally want to
do that, but still shape it to your liking, straighten the pistil and
stem so the flower stands up straight. Allow to air dry. If any of the
wire sticks out, cut it down to size so that it stays hidden inside the
pistil and stem.
After I posted the posts about the k2tog and the k3tog, which were not new but they were buried in the files with the patterns. Anyways, after posting those to tutorials, someone asked about a k2togtbl and what it meant.
Okay, a k2togtbl simply stands for a knit two stitches together (k2tog) through the back loop (tbl). In needle knitting, it means that you have to a decrease, similar to the k2tog. The only difference is that you have to knit the two stitches together through the back loops of the stitches. Knitting them through the back loops creates a Twisted Knit Stitch.
In loom knitting, we don't have to worry about the back loops or front loops since our stitches always sit facing the front with both legs of the stitch facing the front. To create a Twisted Knit Stitch in loom knitting, we e-wrap the peg and knit it with the single stitch. Thefore, to create the k2togtbl, in loom knitting, you will move the stitch from the first peg over to the second peg, then you will ewrap the 2nd peg. Second peg now has three loops on it. Next, you will lift the bottommost two loops up and off the peg. Ta-da!!! The k2togtbl has been created! :)