Paper Roses: A Free Pattern for Knitted Blooms

Paper Roses from Gifted     
Mags Kandis's Paper Roses, from her book Gifted

I belong to a craft group called Women Who Run with Glue Guns. We get together to craft every month, sometimes working on our own separate crafts and sometimes doing a group craft (and sometimes just eating, laughing, and drinking wine!).

Last month we all make silk flower pins, and it was so fun to see how people came up with different flowers using the same materials.

I was thinking about knitted flowers and how many versions there are out there, and I wondered if there were any made out of materials other than the usual wool or cotton. I did a Ravelry search and guess what? One of my favorite authors, the creatively wonderful Mags Kandis, designed a flower for her book Gifted, and it's knitted from paper yarn!

Mags has such a cute intro to this pattern:

"' . . . paper roses . . . oh, how real those roses seem to be . . .' I can't help but hear Marie Osmond crooning as I whip up these lovelies. I first started making and sharing these when my desperate search for a bow came up short. It did not take long for me to think of roses made from papery Habu yarn. One skein of the yarn will make countless buds for wrapping, pinning, hair clipping, and napkin ringing."

Here's the pattern for you!

Paper Roses

Finished Sizes: Small rose measures about 2"; large rose measures 3"
Yarn: Habu Textiles Shosenshi Paper item # A-60 (100% linen; 280 yd [250 m]/28 g): #133 red, 1 skein
Needles: Small rose—Size U.S. 6 (4mm) straight; Large rose—Size U.S. 10 (6 mm) straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge, although gauge isn't critical for this pattern.
Notions: Tapestry needle; brooch back or safety pin; hair or bobby pins; matching thread. embroidery cotton, or strong fine yarn to attach.
Gauge: 20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 " (10 sm) in stockinette stitch with smaller needles and yarn used single; 15 stitches and 20 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with larger needles and yarn used double.

Note: Yarn is used single for small rose and double for large rose.

Loosely cast on 10 stitches.

Row 1: Knit.
Rows 2, 4 and 6: Purl.
Row 3: *K1 f&b; rep from *—20 stitches.
Row 5: *K1 f&b; rep from *—40 stitches.
Row 7: *K1 f&b; rep from *—80 stitches.
Row 8: Purl.
Loosely BO all stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a 15" (38 cm) tail for seaming.


    Paper Rose napkin rings from Gifted
Paper rose napkin rings. So summery!

Twist piece on itself into a spiral. With the tail threaded on a tapestry neelde, sew the spiral together. Weave in loose ends.

Napkin rings: With smaller needles and single strand of yarn, CO 22 stitches. Knit 4 rows. Bind off all stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a 15" (38 cm) tail for seaming. Thread tail on a tapestry needle and sew to join ring. Attach paper rose and weave in loose ends.

Hairpins: Attach to hair or bobby pin.

Brooch: With matching thread, embroidery cotton, or strong fine yarn, attach rose firmly to brooch back or safety pin.

My roses are just leafy stems right now, so I think I'll make a little bouquet of paper roses to brighten up my day until the real thing blooms.

As if a free pattern weren't enough of a Friday treat, I'm excited to tell you that Gifted is part of our Hurt Book Sale, so pick up your copy before they're all gone!


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