A very detailed knitting pattern for a hyacinth finished on 2.00 mm needles using lace-weight yarn.
For some reason, I am obsessed with knitting spring flowers this year. And naturally, I also had to work on a Hyacinth knitting pattern. They are one of my personal favorite flowers and I just love the way they smell.
I do have to say I’m very pleased with the outcome. My family and my test-knitters, all loved how realistic the finished hyacinth looked. On top of that, they are rather easy to knit – at least if you are familiar with small needles and lace-weight yarn.
The pattern comes with 12 pages of very detailed written instructions and tons of pictures that show you the important steps in great detail. So, if you know how to knit in the round, I’m very positive any intermediate knitter with a bit of patience can finish these. It’s also available in my Etsy shop.
Now, I don’t want to keep from you that hyacinths are rather large flowers. As a result, you will need around 8 hours to finish one specimen. The small little individual flowers are very easy to knit but you obviously need a lot of them.
The bulb and the stalk are filled with toy stuffing – only the delicate leaves require a bit of wire to reinforce them. Putting things together will take a bit of time but I personally love these kinds of little challenges – it’s a bit like a very rewarding jigsaw puzzle.
The pattern comes with a couple of different options for the actual flowers, and you can take your pick depending on your personal preferences. There are tons of pictures included to help you decide which version you want to knit (purl side or knit side facing you; 4 or 6 petals like real hyacinths have).
And the best part: You really don’t need a lot of yarn. So, if you have some scraps of lace yarn lying around, then this could be a very fun project to use it up and decorate your home!
Gauge & Size
My finished hyacinth is about 16 cm (6.3″) tall and around 7 cm (2.7″) at its widest point. The gauge for a 2.5 x 2.5 swatch in plain stockinette stitch is 10 st x 13 rows. Since hyacinths are sometimes smaller and sometimes larger in nature as well, I’d take my gauge more as a general reference point.
The instructions for these hyacinths are pretty straight-forward and not all that complicated – other than knitting with lace-weight yarn and small needles. All you need is patience because there are a lot of flowers to knit (24+).
- 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
- (read the tutorial for the left-leaning and centered version)
- KLL = Knit left loop
- KRL = Knit right loop
- A standard longtail cast on and a picot bind off.
The leaves are knit flat, while the rest is knit in the round on double-pointed needles.
If you click through the link, you will find video tutorials and step-by-step schematics for all these techniques here on my blog. And of course, you can comment on this post anytime to ask your questions.
Be aware that you need to attach each little flower individually, so there is quite a bit of sewing involved. It’s very easy but maybe a bit more time-consuming. But I guess, that’s to be expected when you re-create a flower that consists of many small flowers in nature as well.
Materials you will need for this Hyacinth knitting pattern
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- 20 grams of the Wollmeise lace (in the colors Petersilie, Bärenstark, and Lavendel) or any other lace yarn scraps for needles size 2.0mm
- Double-Pointed Knitting needles 2.0 mm. 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.
- Toy stuffing
- Thin wire and a wire plier
- (Blocking) pins
The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry, and there you will also see pictures of finished projects from other knitters.
Or get it on Etsy. Here’s a little preview image of the pattern, so you get a good impression what you can expect.