Last week I was more than a little bit excited at the prospect of the Du Prem Alpaca Boys coming to the shop to do a yarn tasting event for us. This week, I am even more excited as I have been knitting and designing with their gorgeous alpaca yarn.
I thought that it would be a good idea to have a small item to knit in this beautiful yarn in order to try it out on the day of the event and have something pretty to take home too. So I decided on a corsage which doesn't take much time to actually knit, but is also fairly interesting in terms of one of the techniques used to shape the flower.
Wrap and turn is absolutely my favourite way to shape knitted fabric and a technique that is invaluable for making the specific shapes needed in toy making. I thought I would share a photo tutorial here so that you can get your 'want' skills up to scratch in time to create your own lovely corsage.
1. Knit to the point where you need to wrap and turn. The first stitch on the left needle will be wrapped.
2. Slip the first stitch on the left needle purlwise to the right needle.
3. Bring the yarn to the front of your work, between the needles. The stitch now has a 'wrap' of yarn around it.
4. Slip the stitch back to the left hand needle.
5. The stitch is now on the left needle.
6. Turn the work around to work back along the knitting (you can now see the wrapped stitch on the right hand needle).
7. By working the short rows on this flower you can see the 'wedge' shape created with more rows on one end that the other. When you make the flower up, the narrower end forms the centre of the flower.
Don't forget to book your place at this exciting event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the shop on 01908 586244. Choose from a morning or afternoon session on Saturday 8th March - look forward to seeing you there!