Friday, December 5, 2008

Free Crocheted Snowflake Patterns

I love, love, love snowflakes. And pretty much anything with snowflakes on it, including pottery, sweaters, and of course the snowflake books. So it may come as a surprise to you that when I first started crocheting I didn't react very enthusiastically to my family's request for crocheted snowflakes. Although my grandmother used to make everyone beautiful ones with no. 10 thread and an itty-bitty hook, she isn't able to anymore because she has arthritis. I had no desire to make them myself, they were "granny," miniature doilies really, and I must admit, no. 10 crochet thread scared me. But the requests kept coming every Christmas. So I began making snowflakes with leftover bits of sport and sock weight yarns. Now I love making snowflakes, and this year I'm planning on including them in many of my Christmas cards for my friends and family.

Snowflake Pattern 1 (the larger one in the photo above)
Choose a yarn and hook. I recommend a thin yarn (anything lighter than worsted weight). Look on the label and use the recommended hook size.
ch 6 and join with a sl st to form a ring
rnd 1- ch 1, 12 sc in ring, join with a sl st in top of first sc, 12 sts
rnd 2- ch 3, *(2dc, ch1, 2 dc) in next sc, ch 2, sc in next sc, ch 2* repeat from * to *4 times, (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in last sc, ch2, join with sl in first ch
rnd 3- ch 4, *(2dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch1 space, ch 3, sc top of sc, ch 3* repeat from * to *4 times, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch1 space, ch3, join with sl in first ch
rnd 3- ch 6, *(2dc, ch2, 2 dc) in ch1 space, ch 5, sc top of sc, ch 5* repeat from * to *4 times, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch1 space, ch5, join with sl in first ch
cut tail and weave in ends.
At this point your snowflake will look like a floppy, misshapen flower, but don't get discouraged. Throughly wet your snowflake with spray starch, then pin it to a piece of styrofoam and leave it to dry. When it has dried, carefully remove the pins and if you with attach a loop of mono-filament for a hanger.

Snowflake 2 (the smaller one in the top photo)
This one is super quick and easy. 
ch4 and join with a st st to form a ring
rnd 1- ch 3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc in ring, join in top of ch, 12 sts
rnd 2- *ch3, 3dc cluster in next st, ch 5, sl in top of cluster, ch 3, sl in next st* repeat from * to * 5 times, join with a st in last dc, cut tail and weave in ends

These make a great small gift, or can be used in place of a bow on a present. Or you could make a bunch for yourself, assuming you aren't too busy making things for everyone else like I always am this time of year. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your patterns! I stitched up some and made them into a garland.