Follow along with Uma Murphy from Uma Knits to learn how to add a flower to your Garden Variety Halter Crop or other knits using your Deadstock Mending Kit. You'll need the included embroidery needle and your choice of yarn.
Make a French knot: Thread the yarn through your knitted piece from back to front, leaving a tail for weaving in (or until you reach the knot if you knotted your ends).
Bring your needle to rest perpendicular on top of your threaded yarn.
Wrap the yarn around your needle 2-3 times (the more times you wrap, the larger the center of your flower will be).
With the yarn still wrapped around the needle, bring the needle down into the same hole your yarn is coming out of.
Pull it through, then tighten.
You’ve now made a French knot! This is the center of your flower. To make the petals, use a contrasting color and create straight stitches all the way around the center. You can make as many petals as you’d like. They don’t need to be perfect—nothing in nature is!
Bring your needle up through the center hole that your French knot is coming out of.
Then bring the needle down further out and pull through. Continue to make these straight stitches all the way around the center. You can make them as long or as short as you’d like. Each petal can be 3-5 stitches thick.
You now have a deadstock flower!
Meet the Knitter
Uma Murphy is a knitter and pattern writer from San Francisco, CA. Growing up on the beautiful coast of Northern California, she always wanted to be outdoors where she found inspiration for her crafts. Flowers, animals, and landscapes were her favorite subjects to paint and mold. Uma’s mother taught her to knit when she was 9 years old, and soon yarn, too, was being turned into colorful imitations of the world around her. A childhood hobby eventually turned into a purpose-driven passion for designing sustainable, unique knitwear inspired by nature. She currently lives on the west coast with her boyfriend and ever-growing family of houseplants. Follower her on Instagram at @uma.knits