Everything’s coming up roses!

Last week, Cathy showed me Nicky Epstein’s book, Knitted Flowers. What a beautiful book! I’m not one for a lot of adornment, but I had to make some of these, just to see what they were like. I plundered the scrap stash in search of flower-colored yarn.

The first one I knit was the cabbage rose. This one is made with Tahki Cotton Classic on a US 5 needle. It’s done with a small number of stitches cast on, and then a series of increases, which made it pretty tight on the needle by the time the knitting was done. Leaves were made on a US 7.


The second was the American Beauty rose, also in Cotton Classic. The leaves are from the cabbage rose pattern, though. This one is made with a larger cast on, and a series of decreases.


I made an American Beauty rose in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece on a US 7 needle.

AB Red

And this one, my favorite, the American Beauty rose bud.

AB bud

The flowers didn’t take long to make, and they weren’t too fiddly, either. It was a fun project, and I’m looking forward to making more flowers and leaves. There are a lot more flowers in the book; I just chose two that looked simple, so I could sample!

7 responses to “Everything’s coming up roses!

  1. so cute! I can’t believe how easy these were. You were able to hold a conversation and make them!

  2. Those are so cute!

  3. I’ve been making roses lately too, a different pattern and I felted mine, but these look great. I love roses, and oddly enough with pink my favorite color my favorite color of rose is YELLOW, go figure.

  4. Your flowers look great! It’s a good project for scraps of yarn. Now what will you do with the flowers?

  5. Wow! You are one creative lady! Marie asked what will you do with the flowers? Don’t send me one. The dog will eat it. Then deposit it on the white duvet cover 48 hours later and cost me four loads of wash….

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Make them into lovely pins!!! If nothing else distribute them to the ladies in your local hospital or nursing home. There you go, girl.

  7. knittyjessie

    These roses are just beautiful!!