31 December 2018

Snowflake Monday

White Christmas by Celtic Woman

We didn't get a white Christmas, but we got a tiny bit of snow on Boxing Day, and my white picotee amaryllis fully opened on Christmas Eve!

Because today's pattern is my 600th, I wanted it to be something spectacular and memorable. I've been saving snowflake inspiration from photographers Don Komarechka and Alexey Kljatov, but I just haven't had time to sit down and really study the photographic detail of my favorite flakes.

Don's second snowflake in this year's December Snowflake-a-Day really caught my attention, and I've been visually imagining stitches to recreate it in thread ever since December 2. Today's pattern is a result of visualizing the flake but not looking at the actual photograph.

I hope to one day create another snowflake patterned more precisely after this snowflake, but today's pattern didn't turn out too bad, in my opinion. The smaller versions of it (fewer rounds) also will make terrific tiny appliques for my Moda Blockheads quilt top when I am able to get back to that (hopefully soon, now that the new year is almost here and work demands may go back to normal within a few days).

Mini New Year's Eve Snowflakes

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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: 2.5 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

New Year's Eve Snowflake Instructions

Foundation Round: [Ch 6, sl st in 5th ch from hook] 5 times; ch 1, loosely sl st in starting ch to complete Round; ch 2, 1 tr in gap between last 2 sl st, catching at least 2 threads, to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round.

Round 1: 3 sc over post of tr directly below, [5 sc in next ch 5 loop] 5 times; 2 sc in next ch 5 loop; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 2: 2 sc in same sc as sl st, [ch 3, sk next 4 sc, 3 sc in next sc] 5 times; ch 3, sk next 4 sc, 1 sc in next sc; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 3 dc in next sc, [sk next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next sc] 5 times; sk next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next sc, ch 1, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 1.

Round 4: [3 sc in next ch 1 sp, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, sl st in gap between 3/dc shells, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch 1 sp] 6 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. thank you so much for an amazing year of snowflakes! Congratulations on your 600th - I will make it later today. Greetings for a New Year from a snowless New England!

    1. Thank you, Patty, for hanging with me all these years! I look forward to the next however many years I keep doing this!

  2. Congrats on 600!! We didn't have a white christmas here, but we'll have a white new years.

    1. Thanks, Pat! Same here. No snow on Christmas, but we got enough on New Year's to actually call it white! Now it's back to the drought...


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