Concrete Roses

Mara Licole Knits

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Concrete Roses by Mara Licole Knits | Can you imagine seeing a rose growing from a crack in the concrete? A rose growing from a crack in the concrete has to overcome immediate adversity. Breaking through concrete would surely leave behind damaged petals. It is likely that many people will see the rose growing from the concrete and doubt its potential to succeed. Others will not see the rose at all. Just consider the potential such a rose would have if it is seen, nurtured, and loved. This design is inspired by the poem written by Tupac Shakur and is intended to celebrate the people (a.k.a. roses) that have grown from a crack in the concrete and continue to defy the odds each day as they struggle to bloom and grow. Our world is a better place because they exist. Let’s support each other, take care of each other, and (more importantly) love each other! Concrete Roses is knit in one piece, in the round, and from the brim to the crown. Add a pop of color at the cast-on or go monotone for a refined look.

Gauge: 20 sts and 27 rnds over stockinette; measurements taken over 4 in | 10 cm after blocking, laying flat and unstretched

Finished Measurements: One Size (*Note: The hat is meant to have up to 3 inches of negative ease, and should fit most teens/adults. For fit reference, the models head circumference is approximately 22 inches. Final measurements are taken after blocking, lying flat / not stretched.)

  • Body circumference: 19 in | 48 cm
  • Head circumference: 20 - 23 in | 46 - 58 cm
  • Center depth: 10 in | 25 cm

Materials Used: You may need more or less yarn depending on your actual gauge, head measurements, and chosen fiber; estimated yardage:

  • MC: 150 yards | 137 meters
  • CC: 4 yards | 4 meters
  • yarn used for sample: La Bien Aimée Merino DK; 100% superwash merino; 252 yards | 230 meters per 115g skein; shown in colors: La Belle Epoque (MC) and Yellow Brick Road (CC)

Needle Size: US 6 | 4.0 mm; 16 in | 40 cm or longer circular needle (*Note: Take care to adjust needle size to achieve desired gauge.)

Pattern Includes: Written Instructions

Skill Level: Intermediate