Crochet Snowflake Hydra

 
What you'll need
To make this snowflake, I used cotton thread size 10 and crochet hook size 2 mm and it came out 10,5 cm (about 4 inches) in diameter. You can use heavier thread and bigger hook, or thinner thread and smaller hook and you will have a bigger or smaller motif. You will also need a needle to weave in loose ends and a pair of scissors.
To stiffen the snowflakes you will need white pva glue, stainless steel pins (or toothpicks), plastic wrap and some kind of foam/blocking board.


Instructions
Make a magic ring.

  • Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in the ring, (ch 3, 2 dc in the ring) 5 times, pull the thread end to tighten the ring, ch 1, hdc in 3rd ch of first ch3 (counts as last ch-3 sp).
  • Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same sp, * in next ch-3 sp work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc); repeat from * 5 times, in next ch-3 sp work 3 dc, ch 1, hdc in 3rd ch of first ch3 (counts as last ch-3 sp).
  • Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same sp, * ch 6, dtr in 3rd dc and in 4th dc, ch 6, ** sc in ch-3 sp; repeat from * 5 times and from * to ** once more. Join with sl st in first sc.
  • Round 4: Ch 1, * sc in sc, ch 8, dc in each of next 2 dtr, ch 8; repeat from * 6 times. Join with sl st in first sc.
  • Round 5: Ch 1, * sc in sc, ch 10, dc in dc, ch 8, dc in next dc, ch 10; repeat from * 6 times. Join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.


Stiffening
Print out this blocking template. It will help you make your snowflakes symmetrical. Tape it on your blocking board and then cover it with plastic wrap.
Prepare a mix of equal amounts of white craft glue and water, or use your preferred stiffening solution.
Soak the snowflake in the solution, squeeze out the excess and spread out the snowflake on the plastic wrap-covered pinning board, having right side facing up. Use stainless steel pins and start by pinning the center. Work your way out pinning as you go until you reach the desired look. While it is still wet, you can sprinkle glitter and make it sparkly. Let dry completely. Remove from the board.
To hang the snowflake, attach a piece of thread, yarn, ribbon, invisible thread or wire.

The stiffening solution will permanently damage your pins, so it's best to set the used ones aside for use in future starching projects.

Abbreviations
ch chain
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet
dtr double treble crochet
sp space
sl st slip stitch
(  )
work instructions the number of times specified or work instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks
 * work instructions following * as many times as indicated
Hydra postcard
This tutorial is for personal use only
You can use it to make as many snowflakes as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends, but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source. Do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!