Tree of life / afghan FLOWER GARDEN

How do I knit row 7 of the flower garden section where you use a crochet hook to pull the yarn through the fabric. What is meant by the fabric? Where am I pulling the yarn through? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

The fabric is just your knitting. The idea of these directions is to make the long loose loop that you see in the pictures which forms the leaves of the flowers. Put the needle into the knitting to the right of the first twisted st at the bottom of the stem (that’s the 1st twisted st in row 1). Now the needle is pointing from front to back into the knitting, put your working yarn over the needle and pull the yarn through from back to front. Pull up a long loose loop, knit the next st from the left hand needle and pass the big loop over the knitted st.
I made this afghan and I found it easier to use the right hand needle for this, but if the crochet hook is more comfortable for you, use it.
ETA: There’s a knit-a-long on the Lion Brand website for this pattern and one session shows the flower pattern.

I’m doing a practice swatch of the flower garden because I wanted to practice pulling up the loop… I’ve never done it before. I understand the concept. … and was able to follow it the first time on line 7–but,
I’m stuck on line19!

Draw up a loop. … from row 13 and pass loop over next stitch as before.

But, “before” was line 7 and on that line you pull up the loop, knit one and pass the loop over that stitch. Line 19 doesn’t give you a stitch to pass the loop over:wall: I looked at the knit along notes. … but I didn’t see any notes on this line

Row 19 is part of the staggered repeat of the flower pattern.
The directions are a little vague for this row but the pattern wants you to do the exact same stitch pattern as row 7.

*insert a crochet hook (or point of right needle) from front through the fabric at right of the twisted knit st in first row, catch yarn and draw up a long, loose loop; sl this loop onto right needle, [U]knit next st and pass the loop over st,[/U] p3, k1b, p3, draw up another loop from left of same st in first row, sl the loop onto right needle, knit next st and pass loop over it, p3; rep from *

I made this afghan several years ago and thought it had enough variation in it to keep it interesting. Good luck with it.

Thank you so much! :notworthy: I really wanted to be able to keep going :knitting: on this project and hated having to put it down. I always try to follow a new pattern just the way it’s written and I thought it should be done the same as line 7 (minus the first purls) but I was trying to “trust the pattern”.

One more question:?? Is the dividing pattern right? Last row of the trees was Row 50 (RS), P across. 1st row of divider says Row 1 is the RS. :?? It didn’t look like the picture and didn’t make sense. What’s the trick. :frog:… can’t have 2 right sides:whoosh:

I have the last row of the twin trees as row 58, a purl across. (Maybe I’m looking at the large version instead of the baby blanket?) No matter, it’s a RS row. Then the directions say to purl one row (a WS row), and work the dividing pattern starting with a RS row.

“Continue in established pattern following row-by-row instructions or consecutive rows of Chart for 58 rows, ending with a RS row.
P 1 row.
Work Rows 1-14 of Dividing pattern.”

it should give you some rows of stockinette, a few rows of garter and finally some rows of stockinette.

:oops: there’s the problem - I missed the purl row before starting the dividing pattern. THANKS:hug:

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do you knit / purl all the way through the pattern at beginning and end of rows or only on the tree pattern? Also do you kfb or pfb when you 1st st. On garden pattern?

Anyone that has done the tree of life pattern…
do you knit / purl all the way through the pattern at beginning and end of rows or only on the tree pattern? Also do you kfb or pfb when you 1st st. On garden pattern?

Welcome to KnittingHelp!
For the Flower Garden pattern, row 1, increase in the first stitch with a kfb. That’s the only row that needs the increase. See the note at the end of row 25. For the rest of the Flower Garden pattern just follow the instructions row by row as given.

Is the K1b in Row 7 of the flower garden pattern a twisted stitch or no?

Yes, the stem of the flower is made up of twisted stitches. For row 7 it’s a twisted knit…

I am working on Baby Tree of Life blanket, and not really understand some of the written vs chart instruction.

K1b (twisted knit st) vs k tbl on RS, p tbl on WS.
Both videos I found have different method if I follow the abbrev stated on the written and chart instruction
What is K1b (twisted knit st)?
K1b video: (
ktbl video : (

Flower Garden Chat:

Flower Garden Instruction:
Row 1 (RS): Inc 1 in first st, p8, *k1b (twisted knit st), p11; rep from * to last 11 sts, k1b, p10.
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: K10, *p1b, k11; rep from *, to last 11 sts, p1b, k10.

Lastly, about the ’ Inc 1 in first st ', I found 2 methods., does it matter what I use?

  1. KFB


Sometimes the k1b abbreviation can be confusing. Is it knit one through the back or knit one below? The Tree of Life pattern clearly specifies a twisted knit stitch (the knit one through the back). That’s the second video you posted, not the first.

Here’s a video for a smoother KFB which will work in this case.

The video you listed is a good one for casting on several sts at the beginning of a row.

Learned something new again from here. Thanks
I always thought there is only one k1b which is knit through the back loop. Now I know there is more. hehe
Thanks for the KFB alternative video.

Thanks again.

You never cease to amaze me! Your knowledge and kindness make this site such a pleasure.

You are too kind. It is a completely wonderful group of knitters here who are very generous with there time and knowledge.

Agreed! Jan also a fabulous moderator.

Salmonmac is the first person I always think of when I came across with my knitting problem. :slightly_smiling_face:

Pretty knowledgeable and helpful. Keep up the good work. Many Thanks again.

I’m always impressed with the collective knowledge of the forum. We have specialists in so many different aspects from sheep to finished projects. I’m glad you all enjoy the forum and knitting. It’s wonderful to find such congenial enthusiasts.