19 July 2010

Snowflake Monday

I didn't come up with the name for this flake. When I was writing the pattern, I wrote, "6 points and 6 flower picots." At the time, that was as good at it gets.

Reader Amanda said the points reminded her of a gothic church. Reader Brenda in snowy Minnesota suggested Gothic Daisy. I think both of them deserve credit for a great snowflake name when I was coming up dry!

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 5.75 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 4 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or foil, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Gothic Daisy Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 24 sc in ring. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Sc in 1st sc, *ch 12, sk 1 sc and sc in next sc; repeat from * around 10 more times for a total of 11 petals, ch 5, 1 trtr into starting sc to form 12th petal.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: 1 sc in petal, *ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 5, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sc in next petal, ch 12, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, trtr in next ch, ch 4, sc in next petal; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. Just found your blog. It is wonderful.

    I have been thinking about doing snowflakes for some time. But I am a chicken. I have only been doing crochet for about four years.

    I found you from Ravelery.

    Have a beautiful day.

  2. I really liked your article. Keep up the good work.

  3. I just love your snowflakes! Thanks to you my home will look wonderful and cheerful for a great many years to come. Thank you so much fo sharing. ~ Amanda

    P.S. This one reminds me of gothic church spires lol :)

  4. I Previously complete this snowflake and im already hooked. i plan on making more. you are such an inspiration. happy holidays and god bless.

  5. Hi I recently discovered your blog and I've been busy finding all your patterns. It's been alot of fun!
    The center of this flake reminds me of daisies or coneflowers, so... maybe you could name this one Gothic Daisy. :-)

    Brenda in snowy Minnesota

  6. Thank you, Brenda! I've been trying to figure out a name for this one, and I love your suggestion!

  7. Would love to make this snowflake about 4.75 inches square. Do you suggest a smaller hook and would I still be able to use the block template to block it? If any of your other snowflakes measure that please let me know. I want to use some metal cd cases I have to mail. them in for Christmas gifts.

    1. What a great idea, Speedy! A smaller hook and thinner thread might both get you a small enough flake. Or you could do a regular picot on the long points instead of the sharp, pointy picots.

      Here Is the only 4.75-inch flake I found:

  8. Greetings all the way from tropical Malaysia :) I found your website years back and it has since been my go to place for snowflakes. Thank you for sharing them. I really do appreciate your kind generosity. Big hugs, Carol.

    1. Thank you, Carol! And thank you for sticking with me all these years!

  9. I just found your site. It is wonderful! Thank you for all of the beautiful snowflake designs. My goal was to make one a day as Christmas gifts for friends, but there are so many I love, that I've been making 2-3 every day. Thank you from Iowa, Katherine

    1. Thank you, Katherine, and welcome! I hope I never run out of ideas! Good luck with you gift goal! Handmade presents are the best!!!


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