The Short Rose by SL McDonald
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The Short Rose

December 2012
15 - 30 yards (14 - 27 m)
Size dependant on yarn/needles
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

A simple little garter stitch flower which can be used as an embellishment or decoration. Knit flat sideways on two needles, this is the perfect quick project for using up yarn scraps.

Suggested yarn/needles: Any yarn, any weight.
Approx 25 yards/27m of your rose coloured yarn and just a couple of yards of green for leaves. Use needles appropriate for your yarn. Gauge is not really important in this pattern.

Samples: I used 4mm needles and New Lanark DK in Bramble (100% wool) for the purple rose, 5.5mm needles and Patons Beehive Shetland Chunky (acrylic/wool) for the cream rose with button.

Stitch Glossary: Basic stitches are used throughout this pattern, and links to tutorials for short rows are included. The pattern is written but not charted.

I often like to add a small embellishment to swap parcels, gifts or homemade cards, and have been searching for a quick knit flower pattern that can be made with some scraps of yarn in one piece. I had made a number of crochet flowers that were worked back and forth across one chain before being rolled up, and decided that knitters shouldn’t miss out on this excellent and quick construction method!

Short rows allow the petals in this rose to cup ever so slightly and curve round each other so that the rose petals nestle together beautifully. Finished with some beads, a button or brooch back, these flowers can be used to decorate hats, belts, bookmarks, gifts… anything!

I hope you enjoy your short rose, and if you have any questions please feel free to let me know.

This pattern may not be reproduced or sold without express permission of the designer.
Items made using this pattern may not be sold for profit, but may be given to or used to make money for charity.