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Abloom - Knitted Jewelry

By Shelley Jones

Who doesn’t love flowers? And who doesn’t love jewelry? I designed this necklace and bracelet set to add bright, fun colors to any little girl’s outfit. I used 5 colors, but you could easily make these using only 3 colors. There are 3 different color schemes for the flowers: Pink, yellow and orange; Yellow, orange and blue; and blue, green and pink. The necklace has 7 flowers, and the bracelet has three. I used pink for the necklace and bracelet, and yellow for the ball that helps form the closures. For an older girl, you may want to measure her wrist, as the length of the bracelet may need to be increased. These pieces are not recommended for children under three.

Knitted Necklace


Finished Size

Length of Necklace: 16 inches
Length of Bracelet: 51/2 inches (adjustable)

Materials

Sport weight 100% cotton recommended. Yarn used: Tahki Cotton Classic Lite, [100% mercerized cotton; 146 yards/135 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];

Small amounts of each of the following colors:
#4458 Hot Pink
#4533 Bright Yellow
#4882 Blueberry
#4726 Bright Lime Green
#4402 Dark Orange

Recommended Needle Sizes
US #1/2.25 mm straight needles and dpns (set of 4)

Notions
Stitch markers
yarn needle
fiberfill (optional)

Gauge
Gauge is not critical for this pattern


Instructions

I-Cord

Cast on 3 sts on a dpn, and instead of turning the needle to prepare to knit, slide the sts toward the right side edge of the needle. Insert your needle into the right-most st, even though the yarn is coming from the st on the left-hand side of the needle. Knit the st, pulling the yarn tight. See Fig. 1. Knit to the end of the row. Knit every row in this manner, sliding the sts back to the right-hand side of the needle instead of turning the needle. This makes a knitted tube, or I-cord. Work until your I-cord measures approximately 171/2 inches. Bind off. Make an I-cord for the bracelet measuring approximately 63/4 inches.

Fig. 1

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Ball

Cast on 6 sts and divide evenly on 3 dpns, placing 2 sts on each needle. Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist, pm.
Rnd 1: Knit around.
Rnd 2: Kfb in each st around: 12 sts total (4 sts/needle)
Rnd 3: Knit around.
Rnd 4: * K1, kfb, k2; repeat from * around: 15 sts total (5 sts/needle)
Rnds 5-7: Knit around.
Rnd 8: K1, k2tog, k2; repeat from * around: 12 sts total (4 sts/needle)
Rnd 9: Knit around. Using a yarn needle, weave in the tail from your cast on.
Rnd 10: K2tog around: 6 sts total (2 sts/needle).

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Stuff the ball with fiberfill or yarn. See Fig. 2.
Rnd 11: Knit around. Cut yarn and draw through rem 6 sts. Weave in the end and sew the ball to the end of the I-cord.

Fig. 3

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Fold the opposite end of the I-cord back on itself to create a 3/4 inch loop, and stitch it together. See Fig. 3. Ensure that the loop is just large enough for the ball to fit through. My necklace measured about 151/2 inches from the end of the I-cord to the beginning of the loop. Once closed, the necklace should measure approximately 16 inches. My bracelet measured about 43/4 inch from the end of the I-cord to the beginning of the loop, and about 51/2 inches closed.

Large Flower

With straight needles, cast on 43 sts.
Row 1 (RS): * K1, yo, k5, slip 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts over 1st st, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1: 29 sts (7 petals).
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: K1, * k3tog, k1; repeat from * across: 15 sts.
Row 4: Purl across.
Row 5: K1, k2tog across: 8 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Thread yarn through rem sts and pull tight. Take yarn tail from cast on edge and sew seam together to make a flower.

Small Flower

With straight needles, cast on 31 sts.
Row 1 (RS): * K1, yo, k5, slip 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th sts over 1st st, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1:  21 sts (5 petals).
Row 2: P1, * p3tog, p1; repeat from * across: 11 sts.
Row 3: K1, k2tog across: 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail. Thread yarn through rem sts and pull tight. Take yarn tail from cast on edge and sew seam together to make a flower.

Center Bobble

With straight needles or dpns, cast on 2 sts loosely.
Row 1: Kfbf (knit into front, back and then front again of next st), k1: (4 sts)
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3: Knit across.
Row 4: P2tog twice.
Cut yarn and thread through rem sts. See Fig. 4.

Fig. 4

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Assembly

Using the yarn tails, attach the small flower on top of the large flower, close to the center. See Fig. 5. Attach the center bobble on top of the small flower, as close as possible to the center. See Fig. 6. Use your fingers to help shape the bobble. Tie the flower pieces together using a square knot and then weave in the ends. Use a st marker to mark the center of the necklace or bracelet. Mark the placement of the other flowers, spacing them about 11/2 inches apart. See Fig. 7. Attach flowers and weave ends into the I-cord. See Fig. 8. Give to your little girl to wear with pride!

Fig. 5

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Fig. 7

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Fig. 8

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Knitted Necklace


About 6 years ago, Shelley rediscovered knitting as a way to cope with her stressful day job, and found herself addicted. She is busy raising two young daughters with her husband and trying to find a way to knit in her sleep.

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