The gerbera daisy is another flower that comes in hundreds of different colour combinations. No matter what colours of yarn you have lying around there's probably a gerbera to match, so go wild!
A printable version of this pattern is available.
You will need:
- double knit in green and 3 x flower colours
- covered wire
- gummed tape
- toy stuffing
- 4 x double ended knitting needles (2.75mm)
- crochet hook (2.75mm)
- tapestry needle
- wire cutters
(A list of abbreviations is available.)
Using the colour you have chosen for you petals tie a slip knot and place it on the crochet hook.
- Cast on 11sts using bind-off cast-on method (aka crochet cast-on or crochet picot cast-on)
- k8, yfwd, sl1, turn
- yfwd, sl1, p7, turn
- k5, yfwd, sl1, turn
- yfwd, sl1, p6
- cast off 10sts
- transfer the final stitch to a crochet hook
Repeat the bullet points until there are 32 petals then cut the yarn and thread it through the remaining stitch.
The centre of the flower has an outer colour (OC) and an inner colour (IC).
Cast on 24sts in OC and join into the round.
- Round 1: k –
- Round 2: [k2togtbl, k1] x 8 (16)
Change to IC.
- Round 3: p –
- Round 4: k –
- Round 5: [k2togtbl, k2] x 4 (12)
- Round 6: [k1, k2togtbl] x 4 (8)
Thread yarn through remaining sts and pull tight.
Cast on 5sts in green and I-cord between 16 and 20cm.
Separate the 5 stitches onto 3 needles.
- Round 1: kfb x 5 (10)
- Round 2: k –
- Round 3: [kfb, k1] x 5 (15)
- Rounds 4-5: k –
Cast on 2 sts then cast off 3. Repeat until no stitches remain.
The diagram to the below shows the reverse side of the flower's centre. Sew one petal to each of the 16sts at the colour change boundary.
This leaves a further 16 petals unattached. Sew these to the centre in a second layer of petals on top of the first.
Cut a piece of wire the same length as the stem and cover each end with the gummed tape. Insert this into the i-cord stem. Attach the cast-off end of the stalk to the back of the petals inserting a little toy stuffing to keep the join firm.
Sew in any remaining loose ends.
As with most ODDknit patterns the yarn and needle sizes in the "you will need" section are just a guide. Feel free to improvise with whatever needles and yarn you have lying around - that's half the fun!
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