24 November 2014

Snowflake Monday

Elsa's Braids Snowflake

The name of this snowflake says it all.

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

Elsa's Braids Snowflake

Finished Size: 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Elsa's Braids Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, * ch 5, sl st in 5th ch from hook, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch sp of Round, ch 2, 1 dc in top of hdc to form 6th ch 4 loop of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 2 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 30, sl st in 28th ch from hook, [ch 28, sl st in 28th ch from hook] 2 times, ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 4 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
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Braid each of the 3/ch groups, using a safety pin or other stitch holder to temporarily secure until you crochet into the end of each braid to permanently secure them on the next Round.
NOTE: This is an excellent step with which "Frozen"-enchanted daughters, granddaughters, nieces or neighbor girls may help. Let a young girl braid "Elsa's white hair!"

braid each set of loops

braided loops

1 single crochet in each braid loop

1 single crochet in each braid loop

Round 3: Ch 9 (counts as 1 trtr and ch 3), 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), * ch 6, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 1 sc in top of first ch loop in next braid, [ch 3, 1 sc in next ch loop of same braid] 2 times, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 6, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 trtr in middle sc of next 3/sc group, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last trtr and last dc picot of final repeat; sl st in 6th ch of starting ch 9; 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.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. 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. Love this braiding technique! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for this flake!

    1. Thanks, Brenda! I can't wait to see how your braids turn out!

  2. A nice colorful one indeed at your feed

  3. Super design!!! How creative are you?

    I love unexpected things like this. And yes, the pattern name says it all. :D

    1. Thanks, Sue! I've had it in my head for a while, and suddenly the Elsa connection clicked, and I knew I had to do it!

  4. Thanks an awesome technique with the braiding!


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