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Project

No-Knit Floral Sweater Flourish

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.

Crafted from downy mohair, this flower garden blooms on a cardigan. Each floret takes 10 minutes to make -- winding four times around the tool -- so you can update a top in less than an hour. A few pointers: Use the same yarn type for all the rosettes. While stitching the center and perimeter of each, work with a single strand, rather than four. If you knit or crochet, this is a great way to use scrap yarn.

More Knitwit How-Tos
No-Knit Rosette Scarf
No-Knit Snuggly Hat and Mittens
No-Knit Textured Throw and Patterned Pillows

Materials

  • Knitwit tool
  • Yarn
  • Sewing kit
  • Sweater

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    To alter the "pattern," play with thread type and the number of times it's wound around the tool.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2009

Reviews (1)

  • Jansidea 31 Jan, 2014

    I use to own a knit wit tool when I was much younger, but now I can not find it. Where can you purchase one of these tools? Could someone please let me know. Thank-You :)