Knit Your Own Bloomin’ Bluebell

Spring has well and truly sprung and down in the woods there is a wonderland of bluebells blooming. Butterflies are fluttering, birds are singing, elves and pixies are playing volleyball in sunlit glades, and teddy bears are picnicking. It’s all rather lovely.

The sad thing is that not everyone is aware of how fabulous the UK’s woodlands are and how close they live to somewhere so green and gorgeous. It’s about time something was done to remind them. That’s where your bloomin’ bluebell comes in.

"Hullo! Bloomin' marvellous to meet you!"

The Bloomin’ Bluebell is a handknitted fibre flower made up from this free Bloomin’ Bluebell pattern, by sneaky stitching Deadly Knitshade (me) for the lovely folks at The Woodland Trust.

"Looook into my eyes. You wiiiiiiill keep England's woods alive."

Sneezeless pollen. Hayfever sufferers will be happy.

Your yarnstorming mission, should you choose to accept it, is to knit a Bloomin’ Bluebell of your own, tag him with the label and leave him somewhere city-flavoured to inspire others to love their local woods and go and visit.

A Bloomin' Bluebell set free in the wild. So noble.

Plant your Bluebell somewhere it will be seen: at the station on your way to work, by the bus stop, perched by a post box, under an arch, peering at people as they pick up their free papers, or fluttering its petal in a friendly way outside your local shops.

Don’t worry about leaving him in the wild. Each Bloomin’ Bluebell is highly trained to survive in a suburban setting. He’ll be just fine.

Download the free Bloomin’ Bluebell pattern here.

You can also find woods to visit near you here.

Save your country’s green spaces before they all get swallowed up by cities, sold to supermarkets or mown down by motorways. England is meant to be green and pleasant. Bring on the graffiti Bloomin’ Bluebells and encourage people to get outside and make sure it stays that way.


  1. April
    April 11, 2011

    It looks so cute and alien all at the same time. I think I’m going to have to make one even though I don’t live in the UK.

    • Deadly Knitshade
      April 11, 2011

      Yay! Excellent. I’d love to see it out there in the US sunshine. 🙂

  2. cpeezers
    April 15, 2011

    I just downloaded this. I’d love to try it out. I live in the U.S., but it would be fun to make and place some where here in Colorado too!

    Thank you for sharing the pattern!

  3. giddystuff
    April 17, 2011

    Downloaded and ready to knit! A great warm-up for International Yarn Bombing Day!

  4. Laureen
    April 22, 2011

    What a fabulous way to spread the word about saving the wilderness, wherever it may be. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I intend to produce bunches of these lovelies whilst on the plane and will leave them in many deserving places as I traipse my way around London. Am hoping to meet you at the Stitch London meet on April 28. Have a lovely day!
    Queen Laureen