Monday 16 May 2011

Knit It - Rambling Rose Knitting Pattern

I promised this pattern back in Feb and it has been gathering dust in my Blogger draft section since then, it's a veritable wasteland for ideas many go in never to see the light of day again!

Anyway, this is a really cute pattern which I designed myself totally by accident! When I was re-teaching myself to knit, I started on a pattern which needed yarn overs (YO), it was something I had never done before, so I decided a practice was needed, I grabbed some scrap wool and went to work. I got just a bit carried away all those YO's and I when I had finished I found I had ended up with a very curly bit of lacy knitting, which once it had been rearranged a bit, it made a cute little rose!

~ Rambling Rose Pattern ~

(Stash Buster)

They are really quick to knit, take very little wool so are perfect for using up those leftover scraps in your stash. You could make them into a 40s style brooch for a coat or bag, or add them as an individual touch to a gift when attached to the wrapping!


You can use any size needles you like with any thickness of wool in any shade you like!
(For mine I used 4mm needles and DK Yarn)

(Video tutorials for all these stitches at bottom of page)
YO - Yarn over. Wrap yarn around the needle between knit stitches, to create a new stitch.
Sl.1, K.1, Psso - Slip stitch onto the right hand needle without knitting it, Knit the next stitch, then bring the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch. This will create a decrease which leans to the left. 
K2Tog - Knit two stitches together.

Please Note: This pattern was designed by The Butterfly Balcony for free and is for personal use only.

The Rose
Cast on 6 sts.
1. Knit all sts.
2. *K.1, YO,*, rep * to last stitch, knit last stitch = 11sts.
3.  Knit all sts.
4. *K.1, YO,*,rep * to last stitch, knit last stitch = 21sts.    
5. Knit all sts.
6. *K.1, YO,*, rep * to last stitch, knit last stitch = 41st.
7. Knit all sts.
8. *K.1, YO,*, rep * to last stitch, knit last stitch = 81st.
9. Cast off all sts.

Curl up the knitting to form the rose shape 
(it should want to do it naturally) and fasten together.

Rambling Rose Free Knitting Pattern close up of lace pattern
What all of those YO's look like once finished.
Updated Pattern 13.12.12 - Noticed an error, which has been rectified in green below. Sorry:)

The Leaf

Cast on 3 sts.
1. K.1, YO, K.1,YO, K.1. (5 sts)
2. Purl all sts.
3. K.2, YO, K.1, YO, K.2. (7 sts)
4. Purl all sts.
5. K.3, YO, K.1, YO, K.3. (9 sts)
6. Purl all sts.
7. K.4, YO, K.1, YO, K.4. (11 sts)
8. Purl all sts.
9. K.5, YO, K.1, YO, K.5. (13 sts)
10. Purl all sts.
11. SL.1, K.1, Psso. K.9, K2tog.
12. Purl all sts.
13. SL.1, K.1, Psso. K.7, K2tog.
14. Purl all sts.
15. SL.1, K.1, Psso. K.5, K2Tog.
16. Purl all sts.
17. SL.1, K.1, Psso. K.3, K2Tog.
18. SL.1, K.1, Psso.

Break the yarn leaving a length a few centimeters longer than knitted leaf. 
Then pull through loop to fasten off.

Thread an embroidery needle and work the yarn through the back of the leaf until

you reach the cast on edge.

Rambling Rose Free Knitting Pattern finished and worn on black velvet coat
Attach your leaf to the back of the rose and add a saftey pin.

How to Videos:
Yarn Over

Slip 1, Knit 1 Pass Slipped Stitch Over


I hope you all like it, I would love to see your finished versions!

Oh, and if you have any questions or suggestions then please leave me a comment below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

Wendy x


  1. Thanks for postingthis tutorial, me and a friend was actually talking about flowers like these just the other day :)

  2. This is so cute, and I can see that you could add a few of them to a cushion, or to a head band, or a bag, or a dress or jumper. The possibilities are endless, really. Thanks for posting this lovely pattern.

  3. What a happy accident - how PRETTY!! :)

  4. That's such a great little pattern and I love those Youtube tutorials - they helped me learn to knit!

  5. Thanks for the tutorial.

    You have the most awesome layout ever!

  6. Awesome tutorial! I love that you posted the videos too, they were very helpful. Thank you!

  7. Thank you for sharing this. It's really helpful to have the videos as well as the pattern. I can't wait to try this out :)

  8. Thanks. I have just tried it ,it turned out exactly as shown. Thanks a lot.

  9. Thanks for this lovely tutorial! It turned out almost exactly as pictured. My leaf ends in a sharper point because I wasn't sure what to do after step 18. It says to s, k, psso, but after that I had 3 stitches left still. Maybe I was supposed to bind those 3 off? I continued to purl and decrease until I had 1 stitch left. I suppose for those looking for leaf variations, that's one way to do it (maybe I'm stating the obvious but I just started knitting and everything is a revelation). I needed a last minute small birthday present for an office mate, and this is just perfect. Thanks again!!!

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  10. thank you for the videos!!! really helps