13 January 2020

Snowflake Monday

The bright, colorful hand-dyed thread shown above inspired today's pattern back on February 22, 2012. Working through today's pattern in solid white thread to polish the instructions and work through pattern bugs inspired yet another snowflake I'll share at a later date. I actually ended up designing two additional snowflakes this week, so I guess I've got my snowflake groove back. About time, huh?

Round 3 of this pattern utilizes double crochet stitches around posts of previous double crochet stitches, and such stitches are designated as foundation double crochet (fdc) due to the similarity to foundation double crochet technique. I called this stitch the D-stitch the first time I shared it back in 2014. I still don't know if this stitch has an official name, but I have since learned others use it, too. No one I've talked to knows the name of this stitch, however. So it's still the D-stitch to me.

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 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

Penchant Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr in ring, [ch 5, 2 tr in ring] 5 times; ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: [in next ch 5 sp work (4 sc, ch 3, 4 sc)] 6 times; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1st cluster dc), [yo and draw up loop from between Round 1 ch 3 and tr, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and bring through all 3 loops on hook (starting dc cluster made), [[ch 4, 1 fdc in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (small picot made), ch 1, 1 fdc around post of previous fdc, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch (large picot made), ch 1, 1 fdc around post of previous fdc, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (small picot made), ch 1, 1 dc around post of previous fdc, ch 4, 1 fdc around post of previous fdc, sk next 4 sc, sk next ch 3 picot, sk next 4 sc, [yo and draw up loop from between next 2 tr, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and bring through all 4 loops on hook (dc cluster made)]] 6 times, omitting last dc cluster of final repeat; sl st in starting dc cluster; 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. so pretty, you are inspiring, glad to see you back in the groove.

    1. Thank you, Faith. It’s good to be re-establishing the routine. Slowly.

  2. Always good when you get your groove back!

    1. Thanks, Pat. I’m almost back up to full-strength.

  3. I have several white snowflakes made by a couple ladies very dear to me. But. . . That variegated blue! Oh my, it's beautiful! It just looks like that's how it's supposed to be and no other way:-) I would never have thought that. I love it.

    1. Thank you, Lady Locust. I love making snowflakes in winter colors, as well as white.


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