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Project

No-Knit Rosette Scarf

Created By: Johnny Miller

Introduction

It wouldn't be spin to describe this craft as ridiculously easy. Although in some ways that's exactly what you do with a Knitwit: spin (well, wrap) thread around a circular or square-shaped tool to create loopy rosettes. Rendered with luxurious yarns such as mohair, these florets look decidedly modern. 

To determine how much yarn you'll need per rosette, follow this rule of thumb: Winding once around the tool requires two yards, winding twice requires three yards, and so on. The Knitwit kit ($20, knitwit.com) comes with instructions, so we've limited the how-tos to our modifications.The basic technique involves wrapping the yarn and then twisting the tool's stem to release the floret with a satisfying pop.

Creating these blossomlike designs calls for a different kind of holiday wrapping. Wind thread around a Knitwit, knotting at each loop with a needle. For thicker yarn, use a tapestry needle; for thinner, a sewing one. To alter the "pattern," play with thread type and the number of times it's wound around the tool.

More Knitwit How-Tos 

No-Knit Floral Sweater Flourish
No-Knit Snuggly Hat and Mittens
No-Knit Textured Throw and Patterned Pillows

Materials

  • Knitwit
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit

Steps

  1. Step 1

    As light as snowflakes, this flurry of rosettes makes a beautiful party accessory or gift. It owes its diaphanous look to two strands of ultrathin yarn -- each a different shade of pink -- used as one (wind them together around the tool once).

  2. Step 2

    Instead of linking the florets in straight rows, position the middle of groups of three off-center.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2009

Reviews (14)

  • barbless 13 Jan, 2013

    It is just fine to recycle a project in your newsletter. What is very, very lazy is to not check the links. I get "account suspended" when I click on the link selling these looms. Then I read the project which just refers me to the link for instructions. I know I can find the loom (including a loom that Martha Stewart sells!) and instructions elsewhere, but then why bother coming to Martha Stewart's site? I expect better from the Martha Stewart name.

  • RioBravo 6 Dec, 2011

    rosenoelle84, I haven't made this project, but it would be like connecting granny squares. Just google "join granny squares" or "connect granny squares" to find a ton of helpful instructions online.

  • rosenoelle84 26 Oct, 2011

    I need help! I bought a flower loom from my local craft store and have had no problems making the individual flowers. However I'm lost as to what to do with them now! In the picture it looks like the flowers have some sort of edge around them. I also have no idea how to join these flowers together!
    What do I do next?

  • toricrumrine 10 Dec, 2010

    WHOA! Just got finished making a scarf out of rosettes. I made my own tool out of styrofoam and pins. I took about 60 rosettes to make a scarf! Which was a ton of work. It came out looking like a $200 scarf but for the amount of time I spent on it, thats probably a reasonable price. Well good luck to anyone else that makes one.

  • myblueheaven57 5 Dec, 2010

    After looking around online, it seems that the KnitWit is just one of many brands...if you google "daisy loom" or "flower loom" you'll find a lot more information, and it looks like you can make them yourself or buy them at a craft store. I hope that helps!

  • Sheryll 29 Nov, 2010

    I bought this years ago and it did not work as you might think. Was suppiosed to stay extended in order to wrap they yarn and it was a disaster. staciet is correct. Make your own............ much easier. You don't want the pins to come loose till you are ready anyway and the kit I purchased was junk.

  • catherinemccarron 29 Nov, 2010

    The knitwit company site indicates 2 - 6 weeks delivery. I found the kit with both round and square tools and dvd on eBay for $15 each from wallyweb - plus less than one week shipping.

  • staciet 29 Nov, 2010

    Or you can make your own with foam-core board and pins. It's a bit of work taking the pins in and out, but the cost is next to free!

  • staciet 29 Nov, 2010

    Or you can make your own with foam-core board

  • mrsjbaud 27 Nov, 2010

    I used a knit wit when I was 5 years old. Those rosettes are simple to make

  • monetgardening 27 Nov, 2010

    Would any of you know if these are easy to make before I order the knitwit? Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

  • gaylwinfds12 27 Nov, 2010

    I found detailed instructions on the web site. You have to click on patteren then to instructions then you can print detailed instructions after you scroll down past the basic instructions.

  • leeknoodlesmith 27 Nov, 2010

    If you click on the knitwit link above and click on pattern tools, then click on instructions it tells how to make the florets. in the instructions above, it says to join them in three off center rows, instead of straight rows. you probably join them in as many off center rows, for as long as you want for your scarf/neck wrap to be. hope that helps.
    Read more at Marthastewart.com: No-Knit Rosette Scarf - Martha Stewart Crafts

  • kbagel 27 Nov, 2010

    This is ridiculous. When I click on the knitwit.com link above, there are no directions and I can't even find the pattern for this scarf! How in the world do I make this when it's impossible to find a pattern or directions?