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Irish Rose

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Irish Rose.

Irish Rose.

(c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Wearing o' the Green:

If you want to get into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day without dressing in green from head to toe, try pinning on this cute green felted Irish rose.

It's a simple Stockinette Stitch strip sewn into a rosette and lightly felted. It takes no time at all to put together and makes a cute and unique accessory.

Materials:

  • a small remnant of dark green, 100 percent wool yarn, about 10 yards (I used Valley Yarns Northampton in Pine)
  • one pair size 9 US needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • sink with hot water for hand felting
  • safety pin or pin back

Gauge

4.5 stitches and 5 rows per inch in Stockinette Stitch before felting. Gauge is not critical.

Size

Finished size will depend on how you shape it and how long you felt it. Mine is about 2 inches tall and 7 inches around counting the indentations around the edge.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 12 stitches.
  2. Knit in Stockinette Stitch for 16 inches.
  3. Bind off. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail.
  4. Weave in cast on end.
  5. Thread tail through yarn needle and sew your strip into a rosette shape.
  6. Felt by hand to desired size. Shape and allow to dry.
  7. Pin a safety pin or pin back to the back of the flower.
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