Knitted Bloom- A Handbag/ Ponytail Embellishment

My sister has decided to take her first vacation in years to celebrate her 30th birthday.  She is heading to the sunny Caribbean and I am super jealous because I will still be working, changing diapers, doing the laundry and washing the dishes while she is sunning on the beach and swimming in clear blue water.  Boo!  But to show her I only hate her a little for going, I decided to make her little knitted luggage tag blooms.  This way she can tell her black luggage from everyone elses black luggage.  Silly me only thought to take one very poor photo of it before giving it to her but here it is.

I found this pattern at Fiberflux.  It is really easy and I was able to do one in an hour and a half (I even had to learn a new technique!).  After making one of these I decided that I would love to make something similar for all my many handbags and other-stuff bags that I carry on a daily basis.  So here is what I came up with.

I wanted it to be much larger than the original.  I wanted it to mimic the flower clips that are so popular right now.  I think it turned out pretty good!  I have a feeling this will be a great gift that many of my friends will be getting :)!

If you would like to make my knitted bloom handbag embellishment…

Here’s what you need…

worst weight yarn any color you choose

size US10.5 knitting needles

tapestry needle

scissors

Here’s what you do…

For the bloom:

Cast on 15 sts

Row 1: kfb of each st (30 sts)

Row 2: purl

Row 3: kfb of each st (60 sts)

Row 4: purl

Row 5: kfb of each st (120sts)

Row 6: purl

Row 7: kfb of each st (240st)

Bind off, break yarn leaving a long tail. You are going to use this tail to sew the bloom together.

This is the fun part!  Follow the natural curl that is created in the stitching to create the bloom.

Using the tail, stitch the bloom so that it holds together.

Cut 3 pieces of yarn roughly 8″ long.  Braid to create a cord (I thought about using an iCord but it turns out a little thick for knotting.) Secure a knot at both ends.  Sew the cord to the middle back of the bloom (it should look somewhat like a ponytail holder).  Attach to your favorite handbag or tote!   This would make the perfect gift for a girlfriend or family member.  I am thinking stocking stuffer for next Christmas!

I was finishing this flower up over the weekend while visiting my in-laws in PA.  My nieces loved it so much they wanted one for their hair. So I quickly whipped up two ponytail blooms.

They are just like the bloom for the luggage tag but no leaf or cord.  I used the tails of yarn from the bloom to tie into the hair.  If you would like to make the ponytail bloom…

What you need…

yarn- worst weight

size US10 1/2 needles

tapestry needle

What you do…

Cast on 5 sts.

Row 1: kfb (10)

Row 2 and alternating rows: purl

Row 3: kfb (20)

Row 5: kfb (40)

Row 7: kfb (80)

Bind off

Once you have stitched the bloom together, weave the tails so that the excess is in the center of the back of the bloom.  Even out the strings, making sure you leave them long enough to tie around a ponytail.  There you do, a ponytail bloom!  They are super sweet and super easy!

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Go and Create!

Rachel

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