30 November 2015

Snowflake Monday

I knew better than walking into a Hobby Lobby in November, but I needed one more skein (actually, just 22 more double crochet stitches) of sparkly I Love This Cotton to finish a baby dress.

To get to the yarn, I must walk by the Christmas decorations.

Even though I try to make everything I can handmade this time of year and avoid so-called Christmas shopping as much as possible, I can never resist the tug of snowflakes. Especially 50% off snowflakes...

Today's pattern is one of three snowflake inspirations I collected that day. And hey, the wonderful ornament provided much-needed interest one cloudless morning this month during my quest to shoot the sunrise every single day this month!

Unfortunately, I ran into the very same problem with the prototype snowflake that caused me to seek out Hobby Lobby during Yuletide season. Fortunately, this time I had enough thread for about 12 more stitches instead of being short. Thank heavens!

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!

Finished Size: 4.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 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

Should Have Known Better Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sc, ch 1, sk next sc, * 3 dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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NOTE: Binding off here creates a cute little snowflake. Working picots instead of ch 1 throughout Round 2 creates another cute little snowflake.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, * 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 1 sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
NOTE: Working [2 dc, picot or ch 3, 2 dc] into each ch 1 sp and binding off here makes a cute little snowflake.

Round 4: Ch 12 (counts as 1 dc and ch 10), * 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 8 ch; sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 6, sk next 4 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 10; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 8 ch, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, sk next 4 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 12.

Round 5: * Working along the bottom of next sc spoke, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 12, sk next 6 sc, 1 sc in tip of spoke, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch (first picot arm made), [ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch] 2 times, sl st in 5th ch of first picot arm (tri-picot made), 1 sc in same sc tip, ch 12, working back down top of sc spoke, sk next 6 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 4 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 4 sc in same sp; 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.

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. Good distraction that turned out well indeed as you take up your quest every morning.

    1. The quest is done now, Pat!!!!! I don't have to shoot the sunrise tomorrow! (Although I probably will... Big smile!)

  2. Hobby Lobby is dangerous! I end up with another snowman or cute sign or thread or yarn I really don't need. But it jumps right in my basket! Love this snowflake. I am doing several of your snowflakes for some friends who just must have them!

    1. Oh, Michelle, I so agree with you! Hobby Lobby should be outlawed!!!

  3. You found a most beautiful snowflake and your crocheted version is stunning...

    1. Thank you, Maria! And wow, so great to hear from you again!!!

  4. Love the story, the snowflake and the along-the-way variations :-).

    1. Thank you! Marikamum! And so wonderful to hear from you again!!!

  5. Must. Avoid. Craft. Stores. :D

    Great post and snowflake! It seems to have a sort of Star-Trek-ish outline too - a bit like one of the space docks.

    1. I think I like that idea, Sue! I might have to work up a few more variations on that theme!

  6. I dont understand #4. It says to sc in second ch from hook and the next 8sc. What sc?

    1. Good catch, Mom. Thank you for letting me know. It should be next 8 ch. I will change that in the pattern right now.


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