Saturday, June 18, 2011

Flower Knitting Charts

Knitting is not just a winter hobby. I think that we put so much focus on knitting sweaters and winter accessories that we forget to think about the amazing things we can knit for spring and summer.

I am pleased to present to you some fun spring/summer themed knitting charts that I've created.

Both stand alone flowers are 8 x 5 sts

Sprouting Flowers: 8 x 26 sts as shown

Alternating Sprouting Flowers: 8 x 26 sts as shown

Flowering Vine 1: 9 x 23 sts as shown

Flowering Vine 2: 9 x 18 sts as shown

Stay tuned for more spring/summer themed knitting charts!

This pattern was created by ChemKnits for your Personal or charity use. The charts and directions of this pattern are not to be republished without permission of ChemKnits. © 2011 ChemKnits


  1. I do have one question did these take hours to complete????

    1. These charts did not take hours to complete, because the design is relatively simple. Other charts that I have designed have taken hours to complete (such as the stockings) because there are many elements I was trying to fit together.

      (I have written a three part tutorial for chart creation starting with

  2. Thank you so much. These look really great and I want to make them but first I want to know something. What do these flowers look like when they are knit up? If you could please post a picute of a swatch with one of those knit into it that would be great. Also, I am keeping a notebook of charts for knitting that I find for free online so I do not have to revisit the website to find the chart if I am somewhere where I do not have my computer. If you don't mind, I would like to copy some of these charts into my notebook. This is entirely for personal use, I am not sharing these with anybody or selling them. They are not being used for commercial purposes. If you object, I will not copy them but I would really appreciate it if you would allow me to. Thanks so much.

    1. I don't mind if you print out a copy for your personal use. I would appreciate it if you would include a note to yourself that these charts were designed by ChemKnits.

      I do not have plans to knit these charts at the moment, so unfortunately I do not have a swatch that I can share. How these charts knit up depends a lot of what yarn you choose and what your gauge is. I have knit some of the same charts more than once with different types of yarns, and have had a slightly different dimensions for the final design.

  3. Would this chart still work if you said, for example, that instead of each square being 1 stitch by 1 row, that each square was 2 stitches by 2 rows? Or five stitches by five rows? Thanks for posting such great charts.

    1. Yes, you can absolutely make each "pixel" more than 1x1 stitch, as long as you are consistent with your conversions. I have another project where I plan on making each square 2x2 stitches vs 1x1.

      And you're welcome for sharing the charts! I like to enable others who like to knit for free. I design a lot of custom Christmas stockings, so I like to try to come up with as many motifs as possible.

  4. Question- I am planning to make a chart in garter stitch that is not these flowers, it is actually a different one, not one of these, but I thought I would ask you because I know you will respond. Anyways, if I am doing it in garter stitch, should I make each pixel one stitch by 2 rows (one ridge) or shouold I keep it one stitch by one row? I am unsure because I have never seen a sampler knit in garter stitch.

    Also, I may knit these up after I do some other ones, and if you like I can send you some pictures. They will be in garter stitch, so I do not know if you want them, but I can send them to you to post if you tell me how to.

    Note- email would not be good for me because I do not have an email account that I can freely use for purposes such as this.

    1. I always love seeing picture of any type of projects. If you upload pictures to a flickr account, you can send me the link easily through this blog without using email.

      I have never done complex colorwork (i.e. beyond stripes) in garter stitch. Is there a reason why you don't want to use stockinette? Illusion knitting is done with garter stitch and two colors, although you are only ever working with one color on a row at a time.

      I think that in garter stitch, I would make each pixel 1 stitch x 2 rows. (So you repeat each row twice.) This should give you the desired image.

  5. Never mind! This is not working! I do not think I am ready to start using knitting charts except for horizontal stripes or maybe even vertical. Checks would work just fine, but I am not ready for this yet. I know, it's probably really easy but I cannot make it work. I'll try something else but please do not waste your time sending me links to websites that tell you how to do this, I am not ready for complicated stuff.

    1. Never say never! Just try with small swatches before you move onto a bigger project. See my notes above, some of those ideas may help you get started.

      Best of luck!

  6. Thank you for these charts :-) I used one to adorn a vest for my soon-to-be-born baby boy. As my stranded knitting is not that great, I opted to stitch over the finished petals in daisy stitch. Here is the finished project on ravely, if you'd like to see :-)

    1. Anna, this is darling! Thank you so much for sharing the picture with me.


    1. So these are colorwork charts. You would knit these using multiple different colors of yarn, switching between strands. Typically I do these in "stockinette" (all knit stitches on the right side, all purl on the wrong side if working flat, all knit stitches if working in the round.)

      Alternatively, you can use these charts to embroider with duplicate stitch onto the knitting after the fact.

      Where you start on the chart depends on what you are trying to knit. If you are making a bottom up hat in the round, you would start a chart at the bottom row and follow it from right to left. I'd be happy to answer more specific questions if you have them.


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