Love flowers? Try garden-inspired knitting

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Summer is here! The grass is green, the flowers are in bloom, and inspiration is everywhere.

From A Garden Stroll

Whether you’re a confident beginner or an advanced stitcher, now is the perfect time to let Mother Nature inspire your knitting. Read on for two ways to incorporate flowers into your knitting designs.

For the confident beginner: knitted embellishments

From A Garden Stroll

Creating knitted flowers to embellish sweaters or accessories (ones you’ve just knit or ones that need some perking up!) is a quick and easy way to bring the garden to your designs. Flower embellishments are especially fun for kids!

Christina's Rose from A Garden Stroll
See this and an adorable “Flowers and Bugs” cardigan for girls in A Garden Stroll.

For the advanced stitcher: stranded-knitting and intarsia designs

Garden's Edge from A Garden Stroll

If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge, try knitting a beautiful flower design right into the fabric of your project—either with stranded knitting as shown above, or with intarsia as shown below. Find helpful instructions for this sweater plus 6 more beautiful designs in A Garden Stroll.

A note on designing

If you’re interested in designing your own nature-inspired projects, you’ll find excellent design tips in Lori Ihnen’s book, A Garden Stroll. Lori was inspired by her background in art and design, and she shares tips for using sketches, paper cutouts, and charts to turn inspiration into knitting designs.

Design tips from A Garden Stroll
See these methods plus 5 more design tips in A Garden Stroll.

Where do you find inspiration: outdoors, or somewhere else? Tell us in the comments!

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