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Old 02-13-2018, 01:52 PM
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The Wedding Bouquet

So my youngest daughter is planning to get married in September. She asked me to make her a wedding bouquet.
I am knitting it. Some of it is my own pattern and some of it will be from other peoples designs.

She wants a herbal themed bouquet. She has always been fascinated by herbal lore. Her wedding will be a bit different (No goats!)

Both of them are into scifi and historical recreation so that will be worked into the theme somehow. The groomsmen will have boutonnieres of Power Rangers and the bridesmaids will have corsages based on Sailor Scouts.....

Here are the first photos
Sage leaves - my own design

Tansy and curly kale


These are based on other designs
Gingko leaves
(summer 2012 interweave knits)

Tansy leaves
used a softer version of holly leaves


Kale
used the holly leaves cast on for the ginkgo leaves, left out the first row of the leave shaping of the ginkgo, did a few random purl rows on the front.

So fare there is this


I found a wonderful book of knit flowers "Noni Flowers"
As soon as I have finised 2 more branches, one of tansy and another of basil, I can start the flowers.
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:56 PM
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Re: The Wedding Bouquet

The sage leaves:
Sage leaves:
2 mm needles
cast on 3 and do an I-cord for 6 cm
increase 1
knit 1 round
split onto circular
(k1, m1, k1) twice
knit 1 round

(k1, knit into next below stitch, knit stitch through the back, knit into same stitch below - increase of 2 into same stitch, k1) twice.
Knit next row knitting the centre increase stitch through the back and every second row.
(k2, knit into next below stitch, knit stitch through the back, knit into same stitch below - increase of 2 into same stitch, k2) twice.
Continue until you have 9 stitches on each side.

(K2tog,k2, knit into next below stitch, knit stitch through the back, knit into same stitch below - increase of 2 into same stitch, k2, K2 tog through the back) twice.
Knit next row knitting the centre increase stitch through the back
repeat these 2 until leave measures 7 cm.
every second row do the decreases and twisted stitch only until you have 3 stitches left. Knit the round.
slip 2 as to knit, knit 1 pass slip stitches over, twice.
cut yarn and put through the two loops.
Total leaf size about 8 cm


Dark green (basil) leaves
wider version of the sage leaves, increase until you have 11 or 13 stitches each side, do a few increase& decrease rows as above, then continue the increase/decrease rows but decrease also on the knit rows in between.
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Re: The Wedding Bouquet

This is turning out so great.
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Old 02-16-2018, 03:45 PM
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Re: The Wedding Bouquet

I started on the flowers.
Wood violets.




At the bottom you can just see half of the first oversized one.

Note wires used in the project:
30 gauge silver wire (flowers and small leaves)
26 gauge green wire
22 gauge green florist wire in straight 18 inch lengths for the stems.
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More flowers. I had to get some smaller needles 1.25 mm for these.

I first made a cornflower (though it was called chicory in the book) But the blue clashed with everything else.

Then I made this chamomile/daisy one. After washing it, it looked great. This is the same yarn as the stockings. Washing snugged up the stitches and made the yarn bloom a bit.


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Your daughter is going to love this.
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Another flower.


I am taking a break on the tiny tight knitting for a few days and doing a big loose shawl. My wrist is already thanking me for doing this.
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Gotta take care of the wrists and hands or you can't do the fun stuff. It's looking fabulous.
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Lena, this is BRILLIANT!!!! Yes, I can see how the washing benefits the leaves - and letting the fiber bloom aka the flowers. Wonderful.

No Goats, eh? With all those lovely herbs
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Thanks Jen!

No goats though there will be a 2 year old. His father (the bridegroom) suggested I knit him little F-bombs to throw at the audience..... I said "Speak to my daughter!"
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LenaB, this is gorgeous!
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Thank you!

I have started back on this since I finished the shawl (actually 3 shawls)

I have made a few more white flowers and 3 red ones. I am currently working on yellow tansy but it is looking more like dandelions. Oh well. Dandelions were herbs too once.
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Oh, I just saw a photo of shawl #3, I think. Did it give your hands a good break?

Have you broken any needles yet? I snapped a double-pointed on a pair of socks once
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My needles are all bent like pretzels!
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I did some more work on the bouquet

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