To Brighten Your Day: A Free Knitted Rosette Pattern

Louisa Harding's Poppy hat and rosette from her new book Knitting in the Details

Nothing finishes off a project like a bit of bling. I always like a little sparkle, but I find myself increasingly drawn to glittery goodness in the winter months.

So I need a little pick-me-up right about now. How about you?

Designer extraordinaire Louisa Harding has just come out with a new book called Knitting in the Details: Charming Designs to Knit and Embellish. Louisa is an amazing artist whose work tends to be wonderfully feminine. When I was working at my local yarn shop, we had a corner that showcased Louisa's yarns, pattern booklets, and samples we had knitted up of some of our favorites. I loved a pair of fingerless mitts that were embellished with a crocheted lace edging. They were simple and beautiful. I'm lucky enough to have had a peek at  Knitting in the Details, and I can tell you that it's as fabulous as anything Louisa's ever done!

Here's an excerpt from Louisa's introduction, where she talks about why she loves embellishments:

My desire to collect all things that sparkle or glisten is insatiable. I love anything that looks as if it has a hidden story, such as a vintage brooch at the thrift shop, a jar of old belt buckles in the dusty corner of my local haberdashery shop, and my mother's jewelry boxes filled with broken trinkets.

I am compelled to collect and surround myself with these castoffs, waiting for a flash of inspiration to give these once-loved items a continuing story.

This book, Knitting in the Details, is the beginning of the story I want to tell about using beautiful embellishments for knitted projects. Knitting is a wonderfully creative pursuit that is both meditative and relaxing, and while there are many patterns and yarns for fantastic projects, I believe that a bit of personal history or added creativity enhances each piece.

For me, embellishment is about adding buttons from an old shirt to the edging of a scarf or the charms from a broken bracelet to the flounce on a purse. It is about rediscovering techniques that my grandmother's generation used to add decoration to their work— embroidery, beading, and appliqué—all skills that make a project unique. In our world of availability and mass production, it is comforting to revisit these techniques to make appealing projects.

—Louisa Harding

Gilding the Lily

Louisa's Poppy hat design, shown above left, is just lovely without the rosette, and many people will choose to make it with just the ribbon laced through the eyelets.

I love, love, love the rosette, though! It transforms the hat from a very pretty cap to a beautiful eye-catcher. I thought I'd pass on the rosette pattern to you—I think it would make a wonderful pin or hair clip, too. Or how about a holiday package topper? Can you imagine getting a gift with that beautiful rosette attached to the top?

Large Rosette
Use worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. Choose two colors, one for the cast-on, which is A, and one for the rest of the rosette, which is B. You can really use any yarn for this project—if you use thinner yarn, your rosette will be smaller and it'll be larger if you use a bulkier yarn! Just choose needles that are appropriate to your yarn choice. The example photographed here is knit with Louisa Harding Thistle (60% merino,40% suri alpaca) #8 Berry (A) and  #12 Winter (B). 

With A, CO 222 sts. Change to B.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K2, [k1, sl this st back onto left-hand needle, lift the next 8 sts on left-hand needle over this st and off the needle, knit the first st again, k2] 20 times— 62 sts rem.Work short-rows as follows:
Row 3: K54, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 4 and all even-numbered rows through Row 14: Knit to end.
Row 5: K46, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 7: K38, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 9: K30, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 11: K22, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 13: K14, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 15: K6, wrap next st, turn work.
Row 16: Knit to end.
Cut yarn, thread tail through sts on needle, pull tightly to create a rosette, and secure with a few stitches.

I think I'll use a metallic yarn for the cast-on to really give the rosette some glitz! Have fun with this, and be sure and order your copy of Knitting in the Details.


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Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

16 thoughts on “To Brighten Your Day: A Free Knitted Rosette Pattern

  1. The directions say with A and larger needles – but what size are those larger needles? I am a fairly new knitter and still need more info for this type of thing – I am still not sure what needles and what weight yard is being used. Is the hat pattern available as well?? Thanks

  2. Sorry, folks! You can use any yarn for this rosette. The rosette in the book is done with worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles. You use two colors, one for the cast-on, which is A, and one for the rest of the rosette, which is B.


  3. This is a very nice flower! Thanks for the pattern. I think I know what you mead by “wrap next stitch”, but could you give a little more detail on this part of the instructions? Thanks for giving the size of needles and yarn – that was a big detail that was missing.

  4. This will be a terrific and quick gift for my belly dance troupe mates! Just reading through Row 2’s instructions seems a bit confusing. Hopefully it’ll make sense when I get home and I’m working through my first flower!

  5. @Andrea: Check out youtube for instructional videos on wrapping & turning. I think it’s one of those things that you have to watch in order to understand. Once you get it, it’s incredibly easy.

  6. I just finished my first flower…too cute!
    Andrea, I just wrapped the yarn around the needle and then turned it just like I had finished that row. The wrap around the needle is to keep a hole from showing in your work and I think it adds a tiny bit of height. Just follow the directions and you’ll have a cute little ruffly flower!
    I’m thinking I may have to get this book after the holidays.

  7. I’ve been knitting for about four years now and I learned two new techniques with this rosette, the lifting the stitches completely off the needle and then reknitting it, and wrapping a stitch! Luckily, I have another book, “The Knitter’s Handbook” that explained it for me! My rosette turned out great! Thank you for the free pattern!