Tips and Tricks: Knitted Rose Pin

Recently, I finished a pretty pink scarf (see my FO Friday post on the Pinky Pink Rose Ruffled Scarf).  The pattern included directions for a very pretty knitted rose, along with directions to “Sew rose onto a round piece of felt using whipstitch and attach pin back or small stitch holder.”  There was a clear photo of the finished look of the back of the pin, but having never done this before … I was a tad intimidated.  I sought council with my friend Susie, who has made many (many!) beautiful jewelry pieces using beads, precious metal clay, et al.  She gave me some great advice, and I set out to Jo-Anns to see if I could find what I needed.

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Success!  At first I thought of using one of the stitch holders I found in the knitting section, but they were all too long for my rose.  In the jewelry-making area I found the perfect size of pin, and it even had loops (for charms) that I could use to secure it to the rose in a non-slip manner. I also bought some neutral-colored felt, and dug up some heavy-duty interfacing to help support the weight of the rose, and cut both into circles (felt slightly larger than interfacing).  Quilting thread and a sturdy needle round out my list of materials and tools.

First, I marked pencil lines on the interfacing where I wanted holes to admit the pin:

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Then, I cut the holes and threaded the pin through:

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I secured the pin to the rose with many messy loops of thread:

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Then, I hid the mess under the interfacing — poof!

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I tacked down the interfacing to further stabilize everything:

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Next, I cut holes in the felt, and threaded it onto the pin:

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I whip-stitched around the edge of the felt to hold it in place:

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Voila! A pretty rose pin!

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Kudzu by the Numbers

My latest pattern, Kudzu, has gotten a lot of positive attention on Ravelry!  Today, it hit 1000 favorites, making it by far my most popular pattern today. There are already 26 projects, including many from two separate knit-a-longs (more on that Wednesday).

In honor of hitting that milestone, I give you (as requested) a row-by-row stitch count for both the full and midi length of the shawlette.

Please note: these stitch counts are for AFTER the row(s) are complete.

Section Row(s) Sts (Full) Sts (Midi)
Cast On 0 253 178
Rib 1 – 4 253 178
Open Twist Rib 1 – 2 303 213
Open Twist Rib 3 – 4 253 178
Leaves 1 – 2 303 213
Leaves 3 – 4 403 283
Leaves 5 – 6 503 353
Leaves 7 – 8 603 423
Leaves 9 – 10 605 425
Leaves 11 – 12 607 427
Leaves 13 – 14 609 429
Leaves 15 – 16 611 431
Leaves 17 – 18 609 429
Leaves 19 – 20 607 427
Leaves 21 – 22 605 425
Leaves 23 – 24 603 423
Leaves 25 – 26 601 421
Lattice 1 – 2 599 419
Lattice 3 – 4 597 417
Lattice 5 – 6 595 415
Lattice 7 – 8 593 413
Lattice 9 – 13 591 411