Peonies beguile us every Spring: their round buds glisten and require the assistance of small ants to open. Alas, they are gone too quickly as Summer approaches.
Now you can carry the lushness of peonies with you all year: they look complex to make, but this pattern is deceptively easy to knit. Use them to embellish your lattice bag, your carpet bag, or put pins on them and switch between bags, coats, denim jackets, and hats. A beautiful flower for any occasion.
Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of knitting and purling, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.
Pre-felted size: 7.5" across
Felted size: 5.5" across
Pre-felted size: 10" across
Felted size: 7" across
Gauge is not important for this project
2 skeins White (A) Makes one large or several medium flowers.
1 skein Fuchsia (B)
1 skein Hot Pink (C)
1 ball Crystal Palace Fizz, 7301 & 7308 (Tangerine & Candy Apple)
For Sepals and Stems
1 skein Hunter green (D)
Size 11 (8mm) 12" circular needles (medium flower)
Size 11 (8mm) double-pointed needles (set, for I-cord and sepals)
Size 13 (9mm) circular needles (large flower)
The pictured peonies were made in White and Fuchsia with Crystal Palace Fizz centers in Tangerine and Candy Apple.
Peony Center for Medium and Large Peony Flower: an additional "and" escaped our notice. The text for the medium flower (2nd column, top half) should read: "With a single strand of Cascade 220 col. 9040 . . ."
The text for the large flower (1st column, bottom half) should read: "With a single strand of Cascade 220 col. 8010 . . .
Unrevised Third Edition only
Some text was cropped from the last sentence of the pattern. The full sentence should read as follows: "For sepal leaves that curl down, sew only a little bit, concentrating most of your sewing on securing the middle of the flowers to the leaves in the center."