Make This: Cherry Brooch

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I just finished knitting this cowl scarf, which is beautiful but took me almost forever to finish. Honestly, I’m surprised that I even finished it, because too often I get bored with big projects and leave half-knitted scarfs and hats under my bed to die a slow, dusty death. (Of course, the next hurdle is actually wearing it, but I have quite a few months until it’s cold enough to do so.) After finishing such a long project, I needed a palate cleanser and made this cherry brooch in the time it took to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Seriously, this is such a simple pattern, and it’s so rewarding to be able to finish something in an evening. And hey, I even wore it the next day!

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Cherry Brooch

Materials: a bit of red and green lightweight yarn, 2 double-pointed needles (I used US size 5), tapestry needle, toy stuffing, brooch pin

I knitted these flat but used double-pointed needles because you will need them for the cherry stem i-cord.

Cherries (make 2)
Cast on 4 sts.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: KFB (knit through the front and back) 4 times (8 sts)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: *KFB, K1* 4 times (12)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: *K2tog (knit 2 stitches together), K1* 4 times (8)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: K2tog 4 times (4)

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail. Using the tapestry needle, thread the yarn through the four stitches and pull tight. Sew the edges together, stuffing with a little toy filling (or scrap yarn if you don’t have any) as you go. Don’t overstuff because you want to cherries to lay somewhat flat.

Leaves (make 2)
Cast on 1 st.
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: KFB (2)
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: KFB 2 times (4)
Row 5: Purl
Row 6: KFB 4 times (8)
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: K2, K2tog, SSK (slip, slip, knit), K2 (6)
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: K2tog 3 times (3)

Starting with the right side facing you, begin i-cord stalk with remaining 3 stitches. For a good tutorial, check out this one. Continue i-cord until it measures 1 inch. Cast off.

Sew the bottom of the stem to the top of the cherry and weave in ends. Crisscross the finished leaves and sew them together at the base of the leaves. Glue a brooch pin to the back (I got a whole box for quite cheap at Michael’s) and you’re done!

My next project? This lobster, the first of many sea creatures.

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