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Saturday, May 12, 2012

A Free African Violets Pattern for Mother's Day!

 No Water No Worries African Violets

Happy Mother's Day to all! 

 I wanted to make an African Violet for my sister for Mother's Day, remembering how much I used to enjoy growing them.  They're a bit fussy as to moisture and light needs, so they aren't the easiest plant to grow successfully and I thought that a nice knit one would be a great substitute for her.  :o)   No worries about watering or humidity or feeding or how much light it gets. Yay! 

A dear friend, who also loves to knit (check out her creations here, liked my wee plant so much that she wanted to make one of her own, so I wrote up this pattern for her, while I still remembered what I did and while I still had the plant, so I could count rounds and stitches.

And as a nice Mother's Day surprise, thanks to my friend, you all get to have the pattern too - so you can all have African Violets on your windowsills, or wherever you'd like to have them!  :o) 

No water, no worries!  Yay!

 African Violets are very simply constructed plants and lend themselves well to a fabric or yarny interpretation.   The construction of my knit/crochet version is also very simple.  I've given detailed instructions on assembling it, but don't let the length put you off. You can put it together faster than it took to write up the instructions! I normally dislike making things with lots of pieces to attach, so I wasn't looking forward to the assembly,  but this turned out easy and quick to put together. Yay!

While most of the plant is knit, I did crochet the flowers. I may experiment with a knit version of the florets, when I get a chance, for those of you who don't know how to crochet yet.

I hope that you enjoy this wee cutie. :o)   I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and if I can squeeze it into my peep making schedule (sadly unlikely), I'd love to make one for myself!! 

Wishing joy on this day to all the mothers everywhere.  And the hope that they all have peace in their hearts over their children.

Happy Mom's Day!
 from theknittycat and Mr. theknittycat

No Water No Worries African Violets Pattern

(at the moment these are photos of the pages in the PDF. I'll post a link to the PDF itself in the next few days)

Quick Update - 
Whoops!  We got the pdf posted faster than expected!  So you can go to the Patterns & Tutorials page for the link, but I'm leaving these pattern photos up just now in case anyone wants those.  :o)

theknittingkitty for theknittycat


  1. Wonderful pattern dear friend! I am honored that you wrote this up for me and chose to share it with all of our knitting community. This is a quick work up, easy to follow pattern and such a pretty finished item. I adore the ones I have made, I don't usually have many projects I keep for myself....but I will have several to decorate a window and end table or two, just cannot part with them! Will be making some as mother day gifts also.
    I have said "thank you", but feel I must say it once more..."thank you".

    Your friend and fellow knitting buddie,

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Sherry! You're so welcome! I'm delighted that you're so happy with it! :oD Can't wait to see your finished projects! :o) And thank you for the incentive to finally get SOMEthing POSTED!! I'm really happy with how the wee plant turned out and hope I get a little free time to make one for us too! ;o)

      Hugs from Shar

  2. thanks so much for the free patterns!

    1. You're very welcome, Mariana. :o) Thank you very much for the kind comment.