A very realistic knitting pattern for crocus with step by step written instructions
Do you like knitting flowers? Do you like challenges and working with delicate yarns and needles? Then I’m sure you will love my crocus knitting pattern. It stands in a line of many spring flowers I knit this year (like my snowdrops or the hyacinth) and it’s the only one that is mostly knit flat.
The pattern comes with 11 very detailed pages of written instructions, tons of big pictures, and of course, you will find tutorials (most of them with a video) for all techniques here on my blog. It’s also available in my Etsy shop.
Interestingly enough, I came very close to not publishing this pattern. For some reason I thought there wouldn’t be enough interest. But I receive so many messages asking for the knitted crocus that appeared on my Instagram account (and elsewhere), so I felt it would be a shame to keep the pattern to myself.
My knitted crocuses stand on my coffee table now and they paint a smile on my face every time I walk past them. And as I was preparing for my first blogging anniversary I thought it would be a great pattern to be released in that context.
Because here’s the thing. I certainly tried but these dainty flowers just don’t belong inside – not in a vase nor in a flower pot. They wilt faster than you can look and that’s just such a shame. So, this knitting pattern is a great way to give them a more permanent place in your home.
They are probably not the best project beginners but any intermediate knitter who feels relatively comfortable with small needles and lace yarn should be able to finish them with a bit of patience.
Size & Gauge
The finished crocus is 12 cm (4.7 in) tall and the actual flower around 6 cm (2.3 in) wide.
Depending on how you form the supporting wire, these measurements will vary a bit. My gauge for a 2,5 x 2,5 cm swatch in flat stockinette stitch: 10 stitches x 13 rows. I trust you understand that crocus come in different sizes in nature as well, so this gauge is more a general guideline than something you have to stick to meticulously.
It might come as a surprise but only a tiny part of these crocuses are actually knit in the round. The rest is knit flat. It doesn’t require a lot of seaming either. There are a couple of ends to weave in and quite a bit of wire to pull through but nothing any intermediate knitter couldn’t manage.
- K = knit
- P = purl
- Sl1p wyif = slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in front
- SSK = Slip Slip Knit
- K2tog = knit two together
- K3tog = knit three together
- KLL = Knit left loop
- KRL = Knit right loop
- And i-cord
- A standard longtail cast on
Click on the links to access the (video) tutorials for all these techniques. I need about 4 hours to finish knitting one full crocus.
Materials you will need for this snowdrop knitting pattern
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- 10 grams of the Wollmeise lace (in the colors Petersilie and Lavendel) or any other lace yarn scraps for needles size 2.0mm, and some scraps in an orange tone for the stamen
- Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.0 mm. Frequent readers probably already know that I am a huge fan of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz because they are the only ones that don’t end up crooked after 5 minutes.
- A tapestry needle and scissors.
- Crochet hook (2mm)
- Thin wire and a wire plier
- (Blocking) pins
The pattern is available on Etsy or Ravelry. Click on the button and you will be redirected directly to my Ravelry store.
And again, it’s 11 pages full of detailed step-by-step instruction. So far, all the feedback I ever got on my pattern was beyond positive and people loved how detailed everything was. I hope you can already see in this blog post that I love photography and I always try to include as many high-resolution pictures as possible to help everyone replicating my results.