May Flowers by Artesanitarium Designs

May Flowers

Knitting
June 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in St st in the round
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
208 - 230 yards (190 - 210 m)
S, M, L
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Majblomman (Swedish, ‘May flower’) is a traditional Swedish charity pin sold by schoolchildren in April–May every year since 1907, originally to collect money for people suffering from tuberculosis.
Now days the charity helps deprived children, raises awareness of
child rights and it is sold in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Estonia.
Majblomma is of different color every year, and the colors are chosen by children.
I wanted to honor the tradition by making my own Majblomma socks. I used to love those small plastic flowers!
In 2020 the flower will be sold in the fall due to covid-19.

The socks are knitted cuff down, with short row heel and classic wedge toe.
The design has a couple special stitches, bobble and big bobble and they are both described stitch by stitch in the pattern.

Yarn
Fingering weight, 200 m (219 yards)/ 50 g
Sample uses TeeTee: Rainbow sock, 75 %
Wool, 25 % Polyamide in color 1946-0002;
Blue.

The other yarns listed on this page are just suggestions but they work great for this pattern.

Needles
a set of 5 20 cm (8 inch) long dpn’s or 80 cm
(32 inch) long circular needle for magic loop,
3 mm (US 2 ½) or to obtain gauge.

Gauge
23 sts and 37 rows = 10 cm (4 inch)
In stockinette st, worked in the round.

Sizing
Foot circumference: 21.75 [23.5, 25.25] cm or 8.5 [9.25, 10] inch after wet blocking.
Foot length: adjust as you go.

Notions

  • 3 Stitch markers
  • 1 Tapestry needle
  • 1 cable needle, same size as working needles
  • 1 extra needle for the 3-needle bind off