As the winter thaw begins, it’s a good time to learn to knit flowers to herald the arrival of spring. Nothing seems to mean spring to me as much as the return of flowers, and the colors they bring to our lives. You don’t need to see a field of tulips in Holland or a hill of daffodils in England to appreciate a flower’s ability to lift the soul. The great thing about knitted flowers is that you can use them anywhere–they can stand on their own, be sewn onto a hat, worn as a brooch, or made into a magnet. You can even gather a bunch of them together and knit an everlasting bouquet! Learn to knit these free flower knitting patterns to help shake off the winter doldrums. 1. Delicate flower This lovely little flower is simple and versatile. You can customize it by changing the color and length of the petals. It looks adorable on a hat, but could also be sewn or glued onto a spring jacket to create one-of-a-kind closures. 2. Decorated flower The alpaca yarn used in this flower gives it a nice softness, offset by the beads in the center. The deep hue is beautiful, but you can change it if you desire. Or forgo alpaca yarn and use your own favorite, along with your own choice of decorations for the middle. Think of the many spring varietals you can create. 3. Nothing like a rose Put your yarn away and take out the finer gauged embroidery thread for this flower. While not necessarily harbingers of Spring, roses are a classic in every season, and this one is as pretty as can be. Try it in red for love, pink for admiration, or yellow for friendship. 4. First daffodils of spring While my preferred daffodil color is sunshine-y yellow, this one is still outstanding in shades of orange and brown. If you’re a traditionalist like me, simply change the colors. While bouquets of daffodils usually last four days in water, this one will still be around when Santa returns. 5. Not just for Mother’s Day I’m a big fan of miniatures–their scale is just amazing to me. Don’t wait until Mother’s Day to knit this pretty bouquet. Or get started now so you have enough for all the special women in your life when Mother’s Day does roll around. Spring is nearly here! Get ready to throw open your windows, put away your snow boots, and pull out your brightest colored yarns. I bet you’ll be smiling as you learn to knit these flowers.