#6 super bulky weight yarn: Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA (100% acrylic, 5.00 oz (142 g), 81 yd (74 m)). One skein each: Houston Cream #098 (A), New Orleans French Berry #146 (B), Minneapolis Purple #147 (C), Fort Worth Blue #109 (D)
Boye® size US 13 (9 mm) needles
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GAUGE: Each flower has an 8" (20 cm) diameter when assembled into rug. Take time to check gauge.
DIRECTIONS FLOWER (MAKE 16, 4 OF EACH COLOR) CO 80 sts. Row 1-4: Knit. Row 5: *K2tog; rep from * across—40 sts. Row 6: Knit. Row 7: *K2tog; rep from * across—20 sts. Row 8: Knit. BO all sts, leaving long tail for assembly of rug.
Wrap strip into a spiral, using photo as your guide. Using long tail, and with the WS facing, tack the spiral down (where the flower will be a flat surface), allowing for the front to be 3-dimensional. Note: the size of the flower will be different at this point. The finished flower size is determined by the assembly of the rug (when the flowers are sewn together).
FINISHING Referring to photo of rug and with the RS of the flowers facing up, hold the outer petal edge of two flowers next to each other and sew 1/6 of the circumference of each together. The flowers will each have a natural inner spiral petal. Note: The flowers are sewn offset, so the circles are actually sewn as hexagons, with 1/6 of each side being sewn to 1/6 of adjacent flower’s side. Weave in ends.