Knitted Charms

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By Claire Garland

 

These cute little knitted decorations look great in any room. We love that you can continue to make these and add on as you go. A great way to decorate children’s bedrooms and a fabulous little reward chart!

 

You Will Need:

Procedure:

 

1. Knit the bird, flower and heart charms following the patterns below. (Note: the charms use only very small amounts of yarn so you will have plenty to make several of each if you choose to.

 

Bird charm:
In yarn E cast on 8sts.

*Step 1: Hold needle with sts in left hand (LH).

Step 2: Hold 2 empty dpns parallel in right hand.

Step 3: Slip 1st stitch onto the dpn closest to you and off the LH needle. Slip next stitch onto the dpn furthest away and off the LH needle. **

Repeat Steps 1–3 until all 8sts are divided onto the 2 parallel dpns. Slide sts to other end of dpns.

Work in the round over 2 dpns using a 3rd dpn to knit with.

Rnd 1: Beg with the 4sts at the back, k8.

Rnd 2: (inc) Kf&b, k2, kf&b, kf&b, k2, kf&b. (12sts – 6sts on each dpn)

Rnds 3, 5, 7, 9: K.

Rnds 4, 6, 8: Increase 4sts on each rnd; increasing 1st at beg and end on each dpn. (24sts)

Rnd 10: (inc) Kf&b, k11, k11, kf&b. (26sts)

Rnd 11: (inc) Kf&b, k11, kf&b, kf&b, k11, kf&b. (30sts)

Rnd 12: (inc) Kf&b, k14, k14, kf&b. (32sts)

Rnd 13: (inc) Kf&b, k15, k15, kf&b. (34sts)

Rnd 14: (inc) Kf&b, k14, k2tog, k2tog, k14, kf&b.

Rep last round once.

Cut yarn leaving a 23cm (9in) length.

 

Making up

Very lightly stuff the little bird with toy filling or scrap yarn.

Graft to join.

Cut an equilateral triangle (approximately 1.3cm/½in each side) from blue felt for the beak, fold in half, point to point, and sew on with the two halves touching the bird (the fold becomes the top of the beak).

Cut a 2.5cm (1in) diameter circle then cut the circle in half for the wings and oversew the straight edge onto the sides of the bird’s body. Sew a stitch or two using a length of contrasting yarn for the eyes.

 

Flower charm:

Double petal

In yarn A cast on 6sts.

Divide over 2 dpns as Bird Charm from * to **.

Repeat Steps 1–3 until all 6sts are divided onto the 2 parallel dpns. Slide sts to other end of dpns.

Work in the round over two dpns using a 3rd dpn to knit with.

Rnd 1: (inc) Beg with the 3sts at the back, *kf&b, k1, kf&b, kf&b, k1, kf&b. (10sts)

Rnd 2: K10.

Rnd 3: (inc) Kf&b, k3, kf&b, kf&b, k3, kf&b. (14sts)

Rnd 4: K14. Place marker.

Rep last rnd 7 times.

Rnd 12: (dec) Sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog. (10sts)

Stuff petal with toy filling or scrap yarn.

Rnd 13: (dec) Sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog. (6sts) **

Rnd 14: K6.

Rep last rnd three times.

Rep from * to ** (Rnds 1 – 13) once.

Cut yarn leaving a 10cm (378in) length.

Graft to join.

 

Flower centre

In yarn B cast on 6sts.

Divide over 2 dpns as Bird Charm from * to **.

Continue to make as Flower Charm Petals up to Rnd 13 (at **)

Cut yarn leaving a 10cm (378in) length.

Graft to join.

Make 2 more double petals.

Stack all 3 double petals on top of each other and push a threaded yarn needle through the centres to join, work a few stitches to secure the stack then sew the flower centre to the middle of the stack. Splay the petals outwards to form the flower.

 

Heart charm:
In yarn C cast on 4 sts. Divide over 2 dpns as Bird Charm from * to **.
Row 3: Repeat Steps 1–3 until all 4sts are divided onto the 2 parallel dpns. Slide sts to other end of dpns.
Work in the round over 2 dpns using a 3rd dpn to knit with.

Rnd 1: (inc) Beg with the 2sts at the back, kf&b 4 times. (8sts)
Rnd 2: K8.

Rnd 3: (inc) Kf&b, k2, kf&b, kf&b, k2, kf&b. (12sts)

Rnds 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: K.

Rnds 5, 7, 9, 11: Increase 4sts on each rnd; increasing 1st at beg and end on each dpn. (28sts)

Rnds 13, 14: K.

Rnd 15: K7, slip next 14sts off needles and onto a length of spare yarn, knit next 7.

Rnd 16: (dec) *Sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog. (10sts)

Rnd 17: K10.

Rnd 18: (dec) Sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog. (6sts)

Cut yarn leaving a 10cm (378in) length.

Graft to join. **

Making up

Very lightly stuff the heart with toy filling or scrap yarn.

Divide 14sts from other side of heart equally over 2 needles, rejoin yarn, K14 then knit from * to ** (Rnds 16 to end of pattern), completing the stuffing just before joining.

If there is a tiny gap between the two bumps work a little stitch to close.

2. Join the charms together with spare lengths of yarn or thin ribbon, separating the charms with buttons if you wish.

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