A Knitted Corsage

March 22, 2014

Hello there, how are you this week? I had a lovely weekend off last week, spent my time by the beach in Tangalle, resting, knitting and eating, absolute heaven! We used to visit there all the time and know the owner well but somehow haven’t been down for so long, it was lovely to be back, specially with the highway now open to Matara the journey is much quicker, before we would really need a long weekend to go as it took 5 hours to get there, now it only takes 3.

With Mothers day coming up on the 30th March back home in the UK, I decided I wanted to knit my mum something (nothing new then!) but something inspired by one of my photos I have taken since I started this blog. I immediately thought of all the beautiful flowers and wondered which one I could use. So I looked through my Walk down Lake drive, and the beautiful Wathasudu photos


But as I don’t have any pretty white yarn I had to move on, I then went to my Valentine walk when I came across all those beautiful red flowers.


The one that stood out and made a light bulb go off was this one


A beautiful red flower which had dropped onto the ground just outside my front door. And the idea for a knitted corsage was born.

Knitted Corsage Pattern


What you need:

55 meters of DK yarn in colour of choice, I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Red 034 from LoveKnitting with 3.25mm needles
Small piece of stuffing
Darning needle
Badge or safety pin


To make the petals:

Cast on 20 stitches
Stocking stitch for 4 rows ( knit one row / purl one row / knit one row / purl one row )
Next row you need to knit into the front and back of every stitch (kfb) to double your stitches to 40 stitches.
Knit one stitch and do not take off the left needle, then re-insert the needle through the back of the stitch and knit.


Knit one row.
Next row knit into the front and back of every stitch, you will now have 80 stitches.
Knit one row – this last row is a bit stiff to knit!
Cast off leaving a 6 inch / 15cm tail.


Your finished petal should look something like this, I knitted eight of these for the corsage.


Centre Ball

Cast on 4 stitches
Slip one (S1), knit through front and back of stitch (KFB) twice and knit one – 6 stitches
S1, purl to end
S1, KFB, K2, KFB, K1 – 8 stitches
S1, purl to end
S1, KFB, K4, KFB, K1 – 10 stitches
S1, purl to end
S1, knit to end
S1, purl to end
S1, Slip, slip, knit (SSK) K4, Knit 2 together (K2tog) K1 = 8 stitches
S1, purl to end
S1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1 = 6 stitches
S1, purl to end
S1, SSK, K2tog, K1 = 4 stitches
Cast off.
Using tail and darning needle stitch in an out all around the edge, place a small piece of stuffing in the centre, pull the stitches tight and you have a little knitted ball.

Knitted ball

Once you have knitted all eight petals, take the cast off tail and a darning needle and thread the tail back and forth down the side of the petal, along the cast on edge and up the side of the knitting to the start of the cast off edge. With the cast on tail, thread the tail back and forth along the side of the knitting to the top of the cast off edge.

5.thread-the-needle-back-and-forth 6.all-the-way-to-the-end


Pull the stitches tight and you have your gathered petal!


Using the darning needle thread though the ball one tail, then thread the other tail leaving a small space between where the tails come out, you can then tie this in a knot. Next thread the yarn back through the ball and trim the end


Keep adding the petals around the ball, keeping one side empty, the side that you will attach to your garment. Eight worked well for me, you have to add them nice and close to each other to get a lovely curled petal corsage.

You will then need to either sew a badge pin or you can use a safety pin to attach and voilà, a beautiful corsage for you, your Mum or a friend.


It looks lovely with my Denim Jacket, think I will have to knit one for me too!

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Rebecca x



  • Grace

    May 12, 2014 at 02:44

    Pretty! I like that you took inspiration from your photos of nature 🙂 Thank you for sharing in Adventures in Knitting @ gracenewgrace.blogspot.com

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