Snow Flowers

Estonian knitters have developed some of the most beautiful lace stitches I’ve seen. When I saw these flower stitches grouped this way I was captivated. I had to fiddle with it a bit, I almost always do, but it didn’t take long at all to decide that this design would be a cowl, and that in addition to the lovely Estonian stitches, beads were essential. The only hard part was naming it. Until today. I was meandering through my photos, when I saw that I’d put this cowl on last week’s snow for a quick photo shoot. Flowers on the snow… no, Snow Flowers!

Cowl is knit in the round with a few rows of seed stitch at top and bottom to help prevent curling.

I messed things up a bit when doing a final formatting. Gads. The fix can be found here: Snow Flowers.

Yarn: lace weight; 300 [500, 725, 1000] yards
Model: Chameleon Colorworks Godiva in Mourning Dove in second smallest size; 500 yards in 50 grams; 80% merino, 20% silk.
Gauge: 25 sts and 31 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles
Crochet hooks: US 13 (.85 mm) or size that fits through bead
Beads: 125 [225, 325, 450] size 8/0 seed beads
Finished size: 13.5 x 22.5 [15 x 33.5, 16.5 x 44.75, 18 x 56] inches; 34.5 x 57 [38 x 85, 42 x 113.5, 45.5 x 142] cm
Notions: 1 stitch marker required, yarn needle

Skills: k2tog, ssk, yo, double yo, nupp, cluster, adding beads, knitting in the round
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.