Thursday, December 13, 2012

Snowflake Pattern

As promised here's the pattern for the snowflake! If it's confusing I apologize ahead of time; do what I do - don't question the steps just follow them through. Enjoy!

  • #10 Crochet Thread in the color of your choice
  • size 4/2.00MM hook (can also use a 3/2.10MM hook)
  • embroidery needle
  • scissors
Gauge is not important to this project.

Stitches used:
Pattern: (words in red have a corresponding pic for clarity)

Chain 6; join with a slip stitch to the first chain to form a circle.
  1. Ch2, 12 HDC in circle. Join to top of ch2. 
  2. Ch12, skip next stitch, sc in next. Repeat around for a total of 6 loops.
  3. In the loop, 6sc, ch6, 6sc. Repeat in each loop around. At the last sc in the last loop ss in the sc of Row 2.
  4. SS along the next 6sc, ss across the base of the ch6 space to the next sc, **ch8 and join to the top of the next loop in the sc, ss across the base of the ch6 space to the next sc. Repeat from ** across all loops; join with a ss at the base of the first ch6 of the first loop.
  5. Now your hook should be at the base of a ch6 space; in this small loop formed by the ch6 space - **1HDC, 2DC, ch5, 2DC, 1HDC - along the chain work 8SC. Repeat from ** around; join with a ss and tie off. Weave in ends.
Slip Stitch across the Chain 6 space.

Make this an ornament instead of an applique by starching and/or gluing in order to stiffen. Starching crochet involves using a starch or sugar mixture, while this method will work, I prefer gluing my crochet because: 1) sugar or starch will wash out if it gets wet. 2) sugar can bring in bugs during warmer weather. (Plus I can never get the sugar mix correct)

Here's the method I used to glue my projects:
You will Need = Elmer's glue (or something similar as long as it dries clear), water, bowl, straight pins for blocking, wax paper, cardboard box or a blocking board.
  1. Line the box with wax paper, tape down if needed.
  2. Mix 1 part glue to 3 parts water in a bowl.
  3. Dip the work into the glue mix, making sure to get the mix into the thread.
  4. Gently squeeze the glue mix out of the work taking care not to twist the work.
  5. Place the work on a folded paper towel and gently blot the work until it looks dry. This will clear the glue mix out of the open areas of the work. Note: if you blot too hard, the glue mix will fail to work.
  6. Place the blotted work on the wax paper and shape to your liking; use pins to hold points and ensure the work stays in proper shape.
  7. Set aside and let dry for 12 to 24 hours.
  8. After it's dry, add a piece of ribbon, clear fishing line or hanger of your choice!

I hope you like it and make many! I did and here are some pics of the ones I've made. (A couple are of a different pattern that I'm not ready to post just yet.)

I plan to make more through the coming year so I have plenty to give out next Christmas!

11 Days til Christmas!!!
Are you ready?

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