Selecting The Right Stop Sign
I have only tried this with the newer square poles that are covered in holes. Using the holes you can easily sew the stem on and attach the leaves. How many of the appropriate stop signs you have in your area depends on how long ago they were put in. You may have to search around for a newer one (one in a new spot, or one that got knocked down)
Pick a spot that has lots of pedestrian traffic. I live in a very car centric area, so I chose corners next to neighborhood convenience stores, schools, and parks.
I think stop signs without an "All Way", or similar, sign underneath are better, but it is harder to find them in good locations.
Choose a sign that doesn't have the street names above it.
Knitting The Components
This project uses very large needles (35), to cut down on the amount of time and yarn required. The yarn is super bulky (6), specifically lion brand thick and quick.
One skein (108 yds) makes four leaves, and I use one whole skein for the stem.
So with 3 skeins you can make 2 flowers.
Use size 35 needles for both the stem and leaves.
For the stem -
Cast on 10 stitches. Knit one side, and purl back until you finish the skein or it's eight feet long, and loosely bind off.
For the leaves -
Knit using this leaf pattern.
Take a piece of floral wire and thread it through the top of each leaf. Lay them out in position before you put the wire in. You want to make sure the veins are going in the correct direction on both sides.
Installing The Flower
With a step ladder, start sewing the stem at the top. Every couple feet or so run a loop through the holes on the pole to help keep it securely in place. At the bottom, tie a knot and cut off the extra.
Now pick a spot to attach the leaves. Generally about one foot down, but you may have to adjust based on the size of your leaves, sign, and pole. Make sure you have the leaves on their correct side (with the veins facing forward). Stick the wire through the holes and wrap it around.
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