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Recently at a local flea market I found a Bucilla Daisy Knitter. I had heard of daisy knitters before but had never seen one like this so I searched the US Patent number and it turns out that it was manufactured about 1931. It was invented by Antonio Dolia and made in Italy.
The box that mine came in is just a little crushed and doesn't have a top but the instructions were still inside and so was a needle! I'm not sure if it was the original needle that was included with the new Daisy Knitter.The instructions explain in both text and illustrations how to make a daisy and on the back there's a photo and steps on how to join daisies so you can learn to make afghans, scarves, hats, etc.
I decided today would be a good day to try it out and see how it works!
There are instructions for single petal daisies using one spoke at a time. Mine is a little lopsided but I'd say that it's a successful first try!
There's also a double petal daisy wrapped over one spoke. At the end of these instructions it is explained that triple, quadruple, etc. petal daisies can be made just by going around the spokes again. I think this one is my favorite. I'm still having a hard time making the center.
Lastly, The instructions show a single or double petal two spoke design. I made the double petal since I liked the fuller look. The geometric look of the yarn around all the spokes looks so neat! The instructions for weaving in the center say to pass the thread under four petals. That didn't seem right for a six petal daisy so I went by spoke number instead of petals and it seems to have worked. I just need to work on the way the last center stitch looks!
This was really fun and simple! I may just have to make a daisy blanket out of some colorful double petal daisies!
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