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Grama’s Rose Garden

Looking for a flower that will never wilt? Try your hand at this knitted rose.

Katrina King May 26, 2023 - 8 min read

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Looking for flowers that never fade? Try this knitted rose inspired by Katrina’s grama’s secret garden. Photos by Katrina King

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When I was young, part of my summers were spent with my grandparents. Both were avid gardeners that planted different things. Grampa’s patch at the back of the property was full of various kinds of vegetables. For several years, he specifically planted pear tomatoes for my sister as she would eat them as fast as they would grow. Grama’s garden patches were all flowers. In the front of the house that faced the street colorful hollyhocks and snapdragons grew in a wild profusion that easily reached four feet tall. Just inside the gate was a more private place that held her rosebushes. Whites, reds, and of course her favorite, purples. She would tend them in the mornings before the sun would get too hot, occasionally bringing in blooms to float in a glass bowl on the kitchen island.

While I don’t yet have my own rose garden, I do love treating myself to fresh flowers. This knitted variety will last all year long. In the size shown it could be sewn by itself to a pin for a boutonniere, clustered with several to create a corsage, or worked in a larger size to sit in a glass bowl for a wonderful decoration.

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  • KnitPicks Curio, (100% cotton), #10 crochet thread, 721 yd (659 m)/3.5 oz (100 g) ball, 1 ball each of Tea Rose (MC) and Jalapeno (CC)

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