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Knitted Baby hat with pom pom to match.

Knitted Baby hat with pom pom to match.

Knitted embellishments can add a unique touch to your knitting patterns. A pom pom really dresses up a hat for a baby or small child. Yarn or ribbon flowers also look cute on hats and headbands. You can buy embellishments but it’s much more fun to knit or crochet your own with easy knitted flower patterns or flower and pom pom makers. Most knitted flower patterns and embellishments only take a bit of ribbon or yarn and so can really help you use up those odds and ends.

When adding knitted embellishments, it’s helpful to have the right tools handy to make the job easy and to give you lots of ideas. I’m going to talk about my favorite tools here and also give you links to some embellishment patterns I’ve found for knitted flowers and more. Nicky Epstein also has written an entire book on creating embellishments for your handmade knitted or

Embellishment ideas and patterns by Nicky Epstein

Embellishment ideas and patterns by Nicky Epstein

crocheted pieces.

How to Make Pom Poms

One of my favorite knitted embellishment tools is the Clover pom pom maker. Knitted hats made with a knifty knitter or any knitted hat pattern look so cute with a pom pom added on top. Especially for babies or small children, this is a great touch. You can also add  fringe to scarves and add some pom poms into it.

Knitted Flower Patterns and Tools

My newest embellishment tool is the “Hana-Ami” Flower Loom. This loom is wonderful because it comes with six sizes and shapes and very complete instructions for making flowers and more. I used this flower loom to dress up this knitted headband for my granddaughter.

Flower embellishment for headband

Flower embellishment for headband

Flower for headband made on Hana-Ami flower loom.

Flower for headband made on Hana-Ami flower loom.

Instructions come with the Hana-Ami Flower Loom for square waffle patterns, double layered flower patterns, and the many ways to weave and tie the yarn to make each embellishment look unique. You can use either yarn or ribbon. When I sewed the ribbon flower to my headband, I added green seed beads to dress up the flower effect of it.

Ribbon flower with beads.

Ribbon flower with beads.

I also promised you links to free knitted flower patterns and other embellishment patterns. Here are some that I really liked:

Here is a beautiful knitted flower pattern with photos is from Flikr.com. Flikr is a great place to find knitting patterns and photos. You usually have to link to the photographer’s profile, which then takes you to their shop or website.

Here’s an entire blog dedicated to Knitted and Crocheted Flowers and there are four free knitting patterns.

Knitting Central of course offers dozens of different knitted flower patterns.

HeadHuggers.org offers several great knitted flower patterns, along with some terrific knitted and crocheted hat patterns, as well.

Lion Brand also has a nice knitted rose pattern.

Cute puffy knitted flower pattern.

YouTube Video of Waldorf Finger Knitted Flower.

I’ll keep adding more knitted and crocheted flower patterns as I find them so check back regularly.

Nicky Epstein also has another book on Knitted Flowers if you’d like an entire book of knitted flower patterns to choose from. This book is for all skill levels. If you know

Knitted Flowers by Nicky Epstein

Knitted Flowers by Nicky Epstein

how to increase and decrease, you should be able to follow these fairly easy patterns.

Making your own handmade knitted pieces to give as gifts or to wear yourself is something very special and adding knitted flowers or other embellishments to them helps to create something unique.

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