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Dahlia Project From Noni Flowers by Nora Bellows

Dahlia Project From Noni Flowers by Nora Bellows

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Look closely, and you'll see that this gorgeous dahlia is no ordinary flower. It's one of 40 knitted botanicals designed by Nora Bellows, in her first book, Noni Flowers. A gardening enthusiast herself, Nora shows you how to re-create your favorite flowers in exquisite detail with yarn, needles, and techniques for finishing and felting. Featuring everything from Angel's Tear daffodils, forget-me-knots, sunflowers, star magnolias, and many mofre, plus six floral-embellishment projects for accessories and home décor, you can enjoy a bevvy of blossoms all year round,
Look closely, and you'll see that this gorgeous dahlia is no ordinary flower. It's one of 40 knitted botanicals designed by Nora Bellows, in her first book, Noni Flowers. A gardening enthusiast herself, Nora shows you how to re-create your favorite flowers in exquisite detail with yarn, needles, and techniques for finishing and felting. Featuring everything from Angel's Tear daffodils, forget-me-knots, sunflowers, star magnolias, and many mofre, plus six floral-embellishment projects for accessories and home décor, you can enjoy a bevvy of blossoms all year round,

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DIFFICULTY LEVELREQUIRED YARN COLORS
Green (A), dark red/wine or desiredcolor (B), and yellow-green (C)
SAMPLE
Finished Measurements
Flower head diameter: 4" (10cm)Stem length: 6" (15cm)
Yarns Used 
Stonehedge Fiber Mill
Shepherd’s Wool 
 (worsted weight) Lime (A), Garnet(B), and Spring Green (C)
Dahlia
Dahlia
 
Join a new strand o A and work asor 1st sepal.
INTERIOR PETALS
Transer the 5 B stitches held in thecenter to 2 needles.
Row 1 (RS):
Using the live strand o B,kb in each stitch, turn—10 stitches.
Bind-off Row:
Using the backwards-loop cast-on method, *cast on 7stitches, then bind o 8 stitches; slipthe remaining stitch rom the right-to the let-hand needle and repeatrom * until all 10 stitches have beenbound o.Cut the yarn and weave in the end.
EXTERIOR PETALS
Divide the 10 B stitches held at centerbetween 2 or more needles.Join a new strand o B and work inrows, adding more double-pointedneedles when it is comortable todo so.
Row 1 (WS):
P10.
Row 2 (RS):
Kb in each stitch—20stitches.
Row 3:
Kb in each stitch—60 stitches.
Bind-off Row:
Using the backwards-loop cast-on method, *cast on 12stitches, then bind o 13 stitches; slipthe remaining stitch rom the right- tothe let-hand needle; repeat rom *until all 60 stitches are bound o. Cutthe yarn, leaving a long tail.Use the tail to join the rst petal tothe last at the base o the receptacle. Weave in the ends.
RECEPTACLE(CONTINUED)
Round 5:
Join a strand o B; with A and B held together, knit around.
Donot cut the yarns.
Round 6:
Transer the 5 B stitches toholders held to the center or the inte-rior petals, keeping the 5 A stitches onthe 2 parallel working needles.
Round 7:
With A, kb in eachstitch—10 stitches.
Round 8:
Knit around.
Round 9:
Join a strand o B; with A and B held together, knit around.
Donot cut the yarns.
Keep the rst 2 A stitches workedduring round 9 on a needle; transerthe remaining 8 A stitches to 2 hold-ers held to the outside or the sepalleaves; transer the 10 B stitches toholders held between the A stitchesand the center B stitches.
1ST SEPAL LEAF
Position the fower so that thepeduncle is acing toward you and thecenter is acing away—this orients thesepal leaves so that the wrong side isacing the petal undersides.
Row 1 (RS):
K1, M1, k1—3 stitches.
Rows 2–4:
Work in stockinette stitch.
Row 5:
Sk2p—1 stitch. Weave in the ends along the wrong-side edge o the sepal.
2ND–5TH SEPAL LEAVES
Transer the 2 stitches to the let o thepetal just completed to a needle.
INSTRUCTIONS
PEDUNCLE (MAIN STEM)
 With A, cast on 3 stitches.
I-Cord Round:
Knit across; withoutturning your work, slip the row to theother end o the needle; pull the yarnacross the back to begin the nextround.Repeat the I-cord round or 36 roundsor desired length.
RECEPTACLE(FLOWER FOUNDATION)
Round 1:
Kb, k1, kb—5 stitches.
Round 2:
Knit around.
Round 3:
Join a strand o C; with A and C held together, knit around.
Donot cut the yarns.
Round 4:
Slip the 5 A stitches onto2 needles held to the outside to con-tinue the receptacle (below); transerthe 5 C stitches to a single needleheld to the center or the pistil.
PISTIL
 Work pistil stitches as an I-cord:
Rounds 1 and 2:
With C, knitaround—5 stitches.Cut the yarn and draw the tailthrough the 5 stitches on the needle,pulling tight. Weave in the end downthe center o the fower pistil andpeduncle so that the strand o Cdoes not show.
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