Galanthus by Rachel Molenaar


December 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette on smaller needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
950 - 2400 yards (869 - 2195 m)
XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] / 28 [32.5, 36, 40.5, 44, 48.5, 52]"
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Galanthus is the Greek name for the snowdrop genus of flowers. Most snowdrops flower in late winter, well before the vernal equinox. Each bulb produces a single small, bell-shape, white flower. In areas where the snowdrop is cultivated (or has gone native), the flowering plants give the impression of a blanket of new snow. How lovely to discover that the “snow” is made of tiny flowers!

Galanthus is a dramatic lace top features the traditional snowdrop lace pattern on a full skirt and long belled sleeves. At the high waist and just above the elbow, the transition from lace to stockinette is marked with rows of horizontal chain stitch. The round neck is finished with the same stitch to bring the entire garment together.

The front, back, and set-in sleeves are all worked flat from the bottom up. The neck edge is worked flat after one shoulder is seamed. The side seams in the body and sleeves will stabilize the lacy fabric and help prevent sagging. Any solid or semi-solid colorway will be beautiful in this pattern.