It's A Tree!

June 10, 2013

Our knitty tree outside the shop is starting to look a bit worse for wear. Time for a project! Would you like to help us add some more life and colour? 

All you need to do is find some scrap yarn, make up a leaf or flower or several, and drop them in to us. Or post them, if you aren't nearby. We'll add them to the tree - as a little way to show how you help to make this little shop of ours special.

Below are our tried and true leaf and flower patterns - however feel free to make up your own or find one elsewhere. 

It's a [simple and easy] Flower!

Cast on 40 stitches, leaving a 30cm tail

Knit for 8 - 10 rows

Bind off all stitches.

Using the bind off tail and tapestry needle, do a running stitch along the bottom edge, pulling tight as you go so the fabric gathers.

Pull it all together and make a few securing stitches so it holds. Stitch the free edge to the out side of the flower. Thread both tails through the needle, make a few stitches to carry both to the base of the flower. Leave these so we can attach it to the tree. Done!

It a Leaf!


CO - Cast on

K - knit

P - Purl

M1 - Using left needle, pick up stitch between needles, knit into back of new stitch using right needle

SL2, K1, P2SSO - slip 2 stitches to right needle, knit 1, pass 2 slipped stitches over knit stitch

Cast On 10 stitches

Row 1: k10, CO 9

Row 2: k19

Row 3: k1, m1, k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7, m1, k1

Row 4: p19

Row 5: p9, k1, p9

Row 6: k9, p1, k9

Row 7: k1, m1, k7, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k7, m1, k1

Repeat Rows 4 - 7 two times

Row 16: p19

Row 17: p9, k1, p9

Row 18: k9, p1, k9

Row 19: k8, (sl2, k1, p2sso), k8

Repeat rows 16 - 19, each time reducing K stitches on each side of decrease by 1.

When there are only 3 stitches left:

Row 41: k3tog

Cut yarn, pull through last stitch, and weave in end. Don’t weave in the cast on tail - we need this to attach it to our tree!


Drop your finished leaves and flowers into the shop anytime, or post them to:

Holland Road Yarn Company
281 Jackson Street
Petone 5012


Ms T

Ms T said:

I think I can manage to knock out a few more of these. :)

Amy V.

Amy V. said:

There’s a knitted petunia pattern I’ve been wanting to try – it’ll be good short-rows practice! I’ll try to pop a few in the post next week.

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