COATS & CLARK'S "RED HEART" KNITTING WORSTED, 4 Ply ("Tangle-Proof" Pull-Out Skeins): 1 ounce of No. 230 Yellow; ⅓ ounce each of No. 1 White, No. 686 Paddy Green and No. 909 Scarlet.
Knitting needles, 1 pair No. 9.
Small spool of bead wire; ½ yard elastic thread.
GAUGE: 7 sts = 2 inches; 5 rows = 1 inch.
TOPPER ... Starting at lower edge with Yellow, cast on 49 sts. Work in stockinette st (p 1 row, k 1 row) for 7 rows. 8th, 9th and 10th rows: P 1, * k 1, p 1. Repeat from * across. 11th through 15th row: Starting with a p row, work in stockinette st. Repeat last 8 rows (8th through 15th row) once; then repeat 8th through 10th row once. Next 3 rows: Work in stockinette st as before. 1st dec row: (K 2 tog, k 5) 7 times. Following and every wrong side row: P across. 2nd dec row: (K 2 tog, k 4) 7 times. 3rd dec row: (K 2 tog, k 3) 7 times. Continue to dec 7 sts evenly spaced every other row, having one st less between decreases until 7 sts remain. Break off, leaving a 6-inch strand. Draw through remaining sts and pull up tightly. Sew seam. Fold elastic thread in half and draw through first row. Pull up tightly to fit over tissue roll and tie ends together.
LEAF (make 5) ... With Green and leaving a 9-inch length of yarn cast on one st. 1st row: K in front, in back and in front of st on needle—3 sts. 2nd row: K in front and back of first 2 sts, k next st—5 sts.
NOTE: Always slip sts with yarn in front of work. 3rd row: Sl first St, p 1, sl next St—center st, p 2. 4th row: Sl first st, inc one st in each of next 2 sts, k 2—7 sts. 5th row: Slipping first and center st, p across. 6th row: K 2 tog, inc one st in each of next 2 sts, k 1, k 2 tog—7 sts. 7th row: Decreasing one st at both ends and slipping the center st, p across—5 sts. 8th row: K 2 tog, k 1, k 2 tog—3 sts. 9th row: Sl 1, p 2 tog, p.s.s.o. Break off, leaving a 9-inch length. Draw through remaining st and weave on wrong side down center sts to first row. Cut a 10-inch piece of wire. Draw through center st on first row of leaf and double the wire. Twist the loose strands tightly around the doubled wire. Do not cut strands.
FLOWER (make 9) ... Red Petals: Cut a strand of Green 16 inches long and double it. Place the doubled strand along a pencil. Cut a 24-inch length of Red. Leaving 3 inches free, wind Red over the doubled strand around the pencil 16 times. Tie the free ends of Red tightly together. Draw the Green ends through the looped end, then pull the loops off pencil and pull up tightly. Tie one strand of each color together. Tie remaining 2 strands, trim off ends of Red. White Petals: Cut Green as for Red Petals. Cut 1¼-yard length of White. Leaving 3 inches free, wind White over the doubled strand around 2 pencils 24 times and complete as for Red Petals. Draw the 2 Green strands of Red Petals through center of White Petals to complete flower. Cut a 10-inch piece of wire. Draw through center bottom of flower and double the wire. Twist the 4 Green strands tightly around the doubled wire.
Cuff: With Green, cast on 4 sts. 1st row: P 1, k 2, p 1. 2nd row: P across. Repeat these 2 rows alternately until piece measures 2 inches. Bind off, leaving a 10-inch end. Arrange flowers and leaves as shown, place cuff around stems and sew to top of topper. Trim stems.
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