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This year I’m taking part in a secret Santa ornament swap (well, I guess it’s only secret until Monday, when we all blog about what we got). I has a lot of trouble coming up with exactly what I wanted to create for my recipient.
Knitting something probably would have made sense, but I didn’t have any particular inspiration. I thought about making something I found online (I’d still love to make this awesome felt ornament someday) but I wasn’t really feeling it.
What I really wanted to do, I decided, was crochet snowflakes.
Now, mind you, I don’t consider myself a person with any kind of skill as a crocheter. But I had this book, 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio, and it looked so pretty and I figured, how hard can it be?
Luckily for me, not that hard. Or, I should say, luckily for me the patterns area arranged by skill level so I knew to stay well away from the back of the book.
I ended up making two snowflakes. The green one is pattern 17, Kossava, while the red one is 7, Droxtal. I didn’t find either of them particularly difficult, though I did mess up the red one pretty bad and had to start over.
They’re not perfect, but it was a lot of fun to make them. I used the metallic version of Lion Brand Bonbons, which has been in my house for months and I hadn’t tried it out yet, so I’m glad I got to play with it.
I think that little bit of sparkle is perfect for snowflakes that will be used for ornaments or on gift tags or bags.
I used a smaller hook that was called for and, though the snowflakes were a little floppy, I didn’t bother to use fabric stiffener on them, though you certainly could and the book offers good instructions on how to do that.
This book is great for crocheters of all experience levels who’d like to decorate their home with snowflakes or use them for gifts. If you need ideas on what to do once your snowflake obsession has taken over your home, there are also a few project ideas at the back of the book, including using them on a mobile, putting them on a pillow cover and using them in a framed piece of art.
If you’re ready to try a crocheted snowflake for yourself, the book’s publisher was kind enough to let me share a pattern with you. This is for Droxtal, which makes a cool six-pointed star. Enjoy! And if you make it, please share how it went for you.
If you’re new to crochet or just don’t understand all the lingo, please check out my colleague Amy’s About Crochet site. She’s awesome and has some great patterns and tips, too.
Reprinted from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet with permission from St. Martin’s Griffin.
This simple design is named for droxtals, tiny ice particles formed from fine water droplets.
Finished diameter: 1 3/4 in. (44 mm)
Thread required: 5 yd (4.6 m)
Foundation ring: ch 6; join with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 1: ch 1 (counts as first sc). 11 sc in ring; join with sl st in initial ch 1.
Rnd 2: ch 1 (counts as first sc). sc ub 1 sc, *ch 8, and sl st in 8th ch from hook to form loop.** sc in 2 sc. Repeat from * 4 times, and frm * to ** once more. Join with sl st in initial ch 1.
Rnd 3: sl st in sc, and in first 2 ch of ch 8 loop, sl st in loop, and ch 3 (counts as dc). 3 dc in loop, ch 3, and 4 dc in same loop. [4 dc, ch 3, 4 dc] in each of the 5 remaining ch 8 loops. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 3.
Finish off, weave in ends.
Download a PDF of the pattern.
I have about 20 white snowflakes my Grandma crocheted for me…she would heavy starch them so they would sit on the tree. So pretty, I always think of her when I put them on.