This week we had our first snow of the year in Durham. It only laid for a few hours, but brief though it was, it made me all the more surprised to find these beauties coming up in the garden.
That’s right, the first snowdrops! In January, they are always such a welcome flower, a sign that the days are changing and life is rumbling under the earth.
Snow and snowdrops are the perfect combination for some crochet. I’d been having some ideas for while now or making a cork gnome for each month, and the snowdrops gave me the last little push into design January’s gnome. I’ve named her Esmeralda and she is a gnome dressed as a snowdrop.
If you also fancy making a snowdrop gnome here are the instructions
- One cork
- Double knit yarn in white and green – I used Stylecraft Bellissima in Cream and Sugar Snap
- 2.5 mm crochet hook
Foundation: Using white chain 20 and join with a slip stitch. At this stage, check if it fits around the lower part of the cork. If it is too large or too small pull out or add a stitch or two.
Round 1: Once the chain stitches are joined to make the foundation round, chain 1 and then 1 dc in every chain stitch to complete the round.
Round 2: Chain 1 and dc in every stitch in the round.
Round 3 to 5: Repeat round 2. Fasten off.
Round 6: Attach green and *dc into next two stitches, in next stitch insert hook into the stitch below on round 4, pull yarn through and complete as normal dc. Repeat from * until end of round. Fasten off.
Foundation: Using white, chain 25 stitches. Check that the chain will fit the head part of the cork and adjust as necessary.
Round 1: Chain 1 and then 1 dc in every chain.
Round 2: Chain 1, 1 dc in every stitch on the round. Fasten off.
Round 3: Attach green and *dc into next two stitches, in next stitch insert needle in the stitch below on round 4, pull yarn through and complete as normal dc. Repeat from * until end of round.
Round 4: Work as round 2 but this time add four decrease stitches over two dc. Spread the decreases evenly around the hat.
Round 5: 1 dc in every stitch.
Round 6: Work as round 5 with 4 decreases spread evenly over the hat.
Rounds 7 to 12: work 1 dc in every stitch.
For the tip of the hat, work decreases over all stitches, until you have created a point.
Fasten off and sew in ends.
At this stage, you can sew the hat to the body at the back. I only put a few stitches in, so it possible to adjust the hat on her head.
Foundation: Chain 6
Row 1: 1 dc in second chain from hook, then one dc each chain (5dc in total)
Row 2: Chain 1, turn, 1 dc in next 2 stitches, 1 decrease over next 2 stitches, 1 dc in next stitch. (4)
Row 3: Chain 1, turn, 1 dc in next stitch, 1 decrease over next 2 stitches, 1 dc in next stitch. (3)
Row 4: Chain 1, turn, 1 dc in next 2 stitches, 1 decrease over next 2 stitches. (2)
Row 5: Chain 1, turn, 1 decrease over next 2 stitches. (1) Fasten off and leave a long tail in order to sew wing to body.
Using green and the bodkin embroider three lines at the bottom of each petal (see photos)
Attach petals to the top of body and “dress” the cork.