A very realistic knitting pattern for snowdrops/Galanthus finished on 2.00 mm needles and using lace-weight yarn
Do you love spring? Spring flowers? I certainly do! But I noticed the hard way that they are not meant to be kept inside. They just wilt too fast. That’s why I came up with this very realistic snowdrop knitting pattern.
These snowdrops (or Galanthus, as they are also known) a relatively easy and fast knit – at least I think so. Only a small portion is knit in the round, the rest is i-cords, and very creative use of (super simple) double-knitting. Of course, it’s lace weight and 2.00mm needles.
The pattern has altogether 10 pages full of very detailed step-by-step written instruction. So, an intermediate knitter should be more than able to finish it; especially as there are video tutorials available for all techniques here on my blog. It’s also available in my Etsy store.
It is a bit fiddly, and you need to be comfortable piecing together a knitted project made out of two parts, supporting it with a bit of wire, and blocking it into place. I love those kinds of projects. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – only so much more rewarding.
It takes me about 3-4 hours to finish knitting one snowdrop – from cast-on to blocking & putting the two pieces together (stalk and leaves are knitted separately). It could be a really fun way to use up some scrap yarn. You only need a couple of grams in white and green.
Size & Gauge
My finished snowdrop is 10 cm (4 in) tall and the actual flower around 4 cm (1.5 in) wide.
These measurements will depend a bit on how you decorate them & form the supporting wire. My gauge for a 2,5 x 2,5 cm swatch in flat stockinette stitch: 10 stitches x 13 rows. Since snowdrops aren’t all the same size in nature either, I wouldn’t worry about it all too much.
I stand by my assessment that these snowdrops are comparably easy to knit (and the test-knitting confirmed this). Still, you will need to know quite a lot of different techniques. Some of them, you literally only need to use for one stitch but they are needed nevertheless.
- 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
- KFB = knit front & back and KFBFB = knit front, back, front, back
- And i-cord
- A standard longtail cast on and a picot bind off.
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.
If you take your time and don’t rush things, I’m sure anyone can manage to finish my pattern. And, speaking from experience, the more diligently you put things together, the neater things will look.
Materials you will need for this snowdrop knitting pattern
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- 10 grams of the Wollmeise lace (in the colors Petersilie and Nature) or any other lace yarn scraps for needles size 2.0mm
- 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
So, again, the pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry. Just click on the link and you will be able to buy it. You will also see pictures of finished projects from other knitters
I also set up an Etsy store, in case don’t (want to) use Ravelry.