Opera Rose


The sample pictured is knit with Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 3-Ply, 65% wool,
35% silk, (230 m./250 yds. per 100 g. skein), Main Colour “Sangria”,
Contrast Colour “Burnt Sienna”

Create your own signature rose for that special evening, whether it is going to the opera or out to dinner with your special someone.

Skill Level: Easy

Techniques Used:

  • Increasing by knitting into the front and back of each stitch
  • Picot Bind-Off

Finished Size:
15 cm./6 in. in diameter when opened up

Yarn Requirements:1

  • 75 m./82 yds of a light worsted weight yarn for Main Colour (MC)
  • Small amount in a contrasting colour

Needles and Notions:

  • 4.0 mm. (US 6) needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • Large safety pin

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm. square in Stockinette Stitch



With 4.0 mm. (US 6) needles and Main Colour, cast on 10 stitches.

Foundation Rows:
Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.

Row 1 (Right Side): Knit into the front and back (kfb) of each stitch. (Total sts = 20)
Row 2 (Wrong Side): Purl.
Row 3: Same as Row 1. (Total sts = 40 sts)
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12: Purl.
Row 5: Same as Row 1. (Total sts = 80)
Row 7: Same as Row 1 (Total sts = 160)
Rows 9, 11, and 13: Knit.
Row 14: Purl.

Cut Main Colour yarn.

With Contrast Colour yarn, knit 2 rows.

Bind-Off Row (Picot Bind-Off):
With Contrast Colour and Right Side facing, *using knitted cast-on, cast on 2 sts, bind off 4 sts. Repeat from * to last stitch.
Cast on 2 stitches, bind off 2 stitches.
Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of at least 13 cm./5 in. long and pull through remaining stitch.

Weave in any loose ends.

Block lightly to open up the outer part of the petal.


Roll your rose into a tight spiral along the inner cast-on edge. Secure at the base to maintain the spiral shape. Sew the side edge at the underside to the base on the Wrong Side.

You will now have a continuous spiral. Open up the layers of the spiral to show off your unique rose.

Sew a large safety pin to the underside at the base of the flower. Now you can pin it to any garment to immediately transform it into something special.

To keep the petals from flopping forward, open them up and tack them into place with a few stitches, using the same yarn.

If you like, you can felt this piece (especially if you use 100% wool) in the washing machine, using hot water and a mild detergent. This will shrink your rose into a small tight bud that will sit prettily in place when pinned.


Copyright 2011 © Ilga Leja
All rights reserved.
This design is the property of Ilga Leja and Ilga Leja Handknit Design.
It is for personal use only and may not be reproduced without permission of the author.
Garments made from this pattern may not be knitted for re-sale.