knits by sachi

For Mother’s Day

on March 11, 2015

For years carnations have been a popular flower for Mother’s Day. I didn’t know why until recently.

It seems that the relationship between carnations and Mother’s Day began in the early 1900s in America. Many credit Anna Jarvis, the woman who first came up with the idea of celebrating mums, with selecting the carnation as the flower of choice for Mother’s Day.

To commemorate her mother in 1907, Jarvis delivered 500 white carnations to the church where her mother taught Sunday school for over 20 years. Carnations were her mother’s favorite flowers and Jarvis requested that each mum in the congregation received one. The following year, St. Andrew’s Church repeated the tradition of celebrating mums and from then on carnation flowers were associated with Mother’s Day.

This Sunday coming is Mother’s Day in the UK.
We celebrate Mother’s Day in May in Japan as in America and still feel a bit funny having it in March, but I made a little project to celebrate the day.

Carnation flower pin


Knitting is very simple as always. You can make it into lapel pin, too.

It is hardly a pattern, but here is how I made them.

Small amount of fine mohair of desired colour
Small amount of green DK (8-ply)

A pair of 4.00mm (US 6) knitting needles to knit petals
A pair of 2.75mm (US 2) knitting needles to knit receptacle, stem and leaf

Petals: make two to three
With fine mohair, cast on 30 sts and knit 7 rows. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Receptacle (base of the flower petals)
Cast on 12 sts with green DK and st/st 3 rows, starting with p row. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly and fasten off.

Cast on 3 sts with green DK and work in i-cord for desired length. Break yarn, draw through sts, pull tightly.

Cast on 2 sts and st/st 5 rows. K2tog on next row and fasten off.

With the fasten-off end of petal yarn, pull tightly and sew the sides. You do not need to sew all the way up, just to the half way is fine. Roll the petal and secure with a few stitches at the base. This will be the centre petal of the flower.

Wrap the centre petal with the other petals, pulling tightly the fasten-off yarn and secure the base with a few stitches. Wind yarn around the base where the green receptacle will be covering. (about 1/4 of the petal from the fasten-off end)

Sew the side seam of the receptacle and cup the base of the flower and stitch them together.

Attach the stem and leaf.

The petals are knitted loosely. Your knitting does not have to neat at all and do not worry if the stitches are uneven. Never mind large holes either.

Depends on the yarn you use, you may want to add more petals.

If you do not have fine yarn, you can use one or two strands from yarn, double knit for example. I don’t use mohair too often and I did not have the colour suitable for this project so that I dyed white mohair with chemical dye.

Should I send one to my mum? Maybe in May, I will. She gets puzzled if I send her a gift in March.

6 responses to “For Mother’s Day

  1. I didn’t know that about carnations- what a lovely idea! Hopefully I’ll remember that next year!

    • knitsbysachi says:

      Really? I used to buy carnation flower pin made with paper when I was in primary school You could buy one for 20p or so. I always forgot to bring money and never bought one. Mother’s day always reminds me of that flower pin.

  2. aromadry says:

    Guau, hermosas!!! beautiful!!!

  3. Eman says:

    is it possible to have the doll’s pattern? Thanks

    • knitsbysachi says:

      I made the dolls in the similar style in Mini Knitted Farmyard book. I will have a think of doing flower fairies again and publish the pattern somewhere. I haven’t properly written these pattern or the pattern checked. Sorry for the wait.

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