How to knit flowers

A guide on how to knit flowers with some selected flower knitting patterns.

Knit flowers make great embellishments for clothes and accessories. Learn a few simple ways to make them and doll up a boring shift or dress. Knitted flowers can also be the centrepiece. A sunflower or a couple of daisies that will never wilt.

Here are some knitted flowers free patterns.

Flowers as Embellishments

4-petal i-cord flower design by wonderhowto

An i-cord flower is quick to make. It is basically knitting one long i-cord, and positioning and stitching them together to form the petals. Learn how to make the i-cord and use it in different ways besides making flowers. You can make an i-cord with 2 double-pointed knitting needles or a spool, which is why it is also known as spool knitting or French knitting.

You can make a thin or thick cord depending on the yarn you use. Your choice will definitely change the look of your i-cord flower.

4-petal i-cord flower
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The instructions at wonderhowto are quite basic but it provides a video. Measure and mark out the petals before sewing or go free-hand like the lady in the video. Get the pattern for 4-petal i-cord flower.


2. 5-petal i-cord flower design by Angie at

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The i-cord flower by loveknitting has 5 petals and a little shiny button to represent the pistil.

I like the pictures and step-by-step instructions provided by loveknitting. It even uses clothes pegs to mark out the petals so that you get even petals and not lopsided ones. I would definitely use this knitted flower pattern as a stash buster.

The pattern is more about making the flowers rather than making the i-cord. Very detailed so that you get perfectly portioned flowers. Get the pattern for the 5-petal i-cord flower.

Cast off flower by Julie Taylor

Knitted Flower Tutorial
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Although this is a free pattern, Julie has put a lot of work and care into writing the pattern. It has all the information that a paid pattern would have. The instructions are clearly written with pictures to go with it. I wonder how the flowers would look using fun fur yarn.

Get the pattern for the Knitted flower tutorial at Julie’s website called It is a document in Dropbox and you don’t have to sign or register for it. There is an alternate source at but you have to sign in.

Poinsettia by Katerina Deriu

Image source: Katerina Deriu at Ravelry

This poinsettia is made up of 6 petals, 4 berries and 4 leaves. Another choice for Christmas knitting beside stocking, Santa hat and candy cane. I think it looks really pretty and a much more environmentally friendly Christmas decoration than the real thing. You can keep and re-use next Christmas.

The instructions are straightforward. The hardest instruction is KFB (which means knit into the front and back). Get the pattern for a knitted poinsettia.

Flowers as Flowers

Sunflower Knitting Pattern by Amanda Berry

Sunflower knitting pattern
Image source: Amanda Berry at Ravelry

Amanda’s Sunflower pattern is professionally written. The petals are created using a picot cast-on. Instructions for it is given. 🙂 Amanda provides row by row instructions for each part of the flower. The only tricky part is the making up. If you have never tried putting together a toy or an ornament (as in, all you have knitted so far are scarfs), it might take you a while to study the pattern.

Get the pattern for the knitted sunflower.

Flowers for Mam by Andy Craig Murphy

Flowers for Mam
Image source: Andrew Craig Murphy on Flickr

Can you see that the stalks are knitting needles? What a great way to use excess needles you may have inherited.

Andrew designed and knitted these for his mam. The idea is quite simple too. Knit a narrow cup in the round. Pick up stitches along the body of the cup and knit a long strip. Row the strip over the cup like a swiss roll. Variations can be created by varying the way one side of the strips or the width of the strips is knitted up. This makes making up the flower and maintaining the shape easier than if we have just knitted a long strip and rowing it. Brilliant!

Andy’s pattern isn’t professionally written up but I think it is good enough. It is available free on his website, “Tall Tales from a small Welshman”. Get the pattern for Flowers for Mam.

Pinwheel Flowers by Frankie Brown

Pinwheel flowers
Image source: Frankie Brown by Ravelry

If you know how to knit garter stitch and make increases by knitting through the front and back (KFB), then you can make these pinwheel flowers. Frankie’s instructions are closely accompanied by pictures illustrating what she means. I don’t see how you can go wrong with this pinwheel flower. You can make them as accessories for your hats, scarfs, bags or dresses or make an entire bouquet complete with stalks and leaves. Instructions provided.

The pattern is in a pdf. Get the pattern for Pinwheel flowers.

Daffodils in Hayfield Bonus DK

Daffodils by Hayfields
Image source: Sirdar Spinning Ltd

The daffodil is made up of 6 petals and 1 trumpet. Each is knitted separately and sewn together. It can be used as a brooch, just sew in a brooch pin. Or make a dozen and insert pipe cleaners as stalks to make a bouquet.

This pattern is a free leaflet prepared by Sirdar Spinning Ltd. It is a typical Sirdar knitting pattern. Get the pattern for the Sirdar daffodil.

Daffodils by Jessica Goddard

Daffodils by Goddard
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Another daffodil pattern, this time by Jessica Goddard. It is a more precise pattern. There are 4 parts to knit up: the trumpet, petals, spathe (the brown bit) and the stem. Always choose a darker shade of colour for the trumpet.

The pattern is free on and Jessica offers a printable version which is a good idea. The website has a very distracting border. Jessica has quite a good collection of knitted flowers on her website.

Happy Knitting!