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Christmas is just around the corner and crocheting your own Christmas ornaments and decorations, for yourself or for gifts, is a lovely way to get into the festive spirit.
The size of the motif depends on the thread or yarn and the hook you are going to use. The finished size of the snowflake in the photo is 11 cm (about 4,3 inches) in diameter. I crocheted it with cotton thread size 10 and a 2 mm crochet hook.
Besides your thread and hook, you will also need a needle to weave in loose ends and a pair of scissors, as well as white pva glue (or your favorite starch), stainless steel pins (or toothpicks), plastic wrap and some kind of foam/blocking board in order to block your snowflakes.

Instructions
Make a magic ring.

  • Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 23 dc in the ring, pull the thread end to tighten the ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
  • Round 2: Sc in same stitch, (ch 5, skip next dc, sc in next dc) 11 times, ch 2 and dc in first sc to create last sp of the round.
  • Round 3: Sc in same sp, ch 3, (sc in next sp, ch 3) around, join with sl st in first sc.
  • Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), 5 dc in next ch-3 sp, (dc in next sc, 5 dc in next ch-3 sp) around, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
  • Round 5: Sc in same stitch, * ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 2 dc, in next dc work (dc, ch 2) 3 times, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc; repeat from * around omitting the very last sc, join with sl st in first sc.
  • Round 6: Sc in same stitch, * 4 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, dc in next dc) twice, 4 dc in next ch-2 sp, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc; repeat from * around omitting the very last sc, join with sl st in first sc.
  • Round 7: Sc in same stitch, * (ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc) twice, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, in next dc work (2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc), (ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in next stitch) 3 times; repeat from * around omitting the very last sc, join with sl st in first sc.

Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

Blocking
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 starch.
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
dc double crochet
sl st slip stitch
sp
space
* work instructions following * as many times as indicated
( ) work instructions the number of times specified or work instructions in the stitch or space indicated or contains explanatory remarks
See a stunning, yet very easy snowflake in this tutorial: Crochet Lace Flower Hexagon.
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