As Spring has now sprung on UK shores (and we do have a royal wedding coming up) I thought it was about time I had my own flower crown. So I spent May Day embracing my inner May Queen by knitting an appropriate head piece. My idea was to adorn it with some wild flowers (weeds to some) not realising that most people were spending their bank holiday manicuring their lawns and verges. Thankfully I was able to find a few unkempt patches to gather a few daisies and buttercups which had managed to avoid the Big Mow only to end up in my fairy photoshoot!
This crown is easy to make and involves a small amount of a double knit yarn (mine is shown in Sirdar cotton DK). You will also need a 3.25mm circular needle (or alternative to achieve the required tension) and a couple of stitch markers. I decorated the tips of my crown spikes, of which there are seven, with a metal bead. With a tension of 22sts to 10cm, the crown has a 48cm circumference and is shown on an average sized adult female head of 55.5cm/22in.
Working the rim
Cast on 105sts on to a 3.25mm circular needle and join to work in the round, placing marker to indicate the start of the round.
Work 20 rounds of garter stitch (alternating a knit round with a purl round).
Working the spikes
Now change from working in the round to working back and forth on each spike in turn while leaving the remaining stitches on the circular needle until needed. The spikes require a double centred decrease, an s2kp, which is worked as follows: slip nxt 2 sts together knitwise, k1, pass slipped sts over. 2 sts decreased. Please note that you will need to develop a suitable marker replacement tactic as the central stitch gets absorbed into the stitch in front and the stitch behind with this decrease.
Spike 1 is worked over the next 15sts:
Row 21 (RS): K7, place marker to mark the next stitch as the centre stitch, k8. 15sts. Turn work.
Nxt row (WS): Knit to marker, slip marker, knit to end.
Nxt row (RS): Knit to one stitch before marker, s2kp (rearranging marker to indicate the new centre stitch), knit to end of spike. 13sts.
Nxt row: As previous WS row.
Repeat the last two rows, decreasing two sts centrally on each RS row until 3 sts remain.
Nxt row (WS): Sl1, k2tog, psso. 1 st.
Cut yarn and pull through to fasten.
With RS facing, rejoin yarn to rim and knit next 15 sts repeating the instructions for Spike 1 to create the next and subsequent spikes.
When all seven spikes are complete, sew in ends and decorate as desired.
I threaded through some daisies and buttercups but the crown would look equally fabulous adorned with beads, buttons or embroidery. And for those of you who make your own Christmas crackers……..
I’d love to see what you come up with. Please feel free to tag me @nickybarfoot on instagram or post to my facebook page.