You will need
For this lace spoke circle, I used cotton thread size 10 and a 2 mm crochet hook. Its final size is 9 cm (3,5 inches) in diameter. You can use heavier thread and bigger hook, or thinner thread and smaller hook and you will have a bigger or a smaller motif. You will also need a needle to weave in loose ends and a pair of scissors.
If you decide to stiffen the motif you will also need white pva glue, stainless steel pins (or toothpicks), plastic wrap and some kind of foam/blocking board.
Make a magic ring.
- Round 1: Ch 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook (counts as dc and picot), * 4 dc in the ring, ch 5, sl st in top of last dc (picot made); repeat from * 5 times, 3 dc in the ring, pull the thread end to tighten the ring, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch 8.
- Round 2: Sl st in next picot, ch 3 (counts as dc), in same picot work (dc, ch 2, 2 dc), * ch 3, in next picot work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc); repeat from * 5 times, ch 3, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
- Round 3: Sl st in next dc and in next ch-2 sp, in same ch-2 sp work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc), * ch 6, in next ch-2 sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc); repeat from * 5 times, ch 6, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
- Round 4: Sl st in next dc and in next ch-2 sp, in same ch-2 sp work (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc), * ch 8, in next ch-2 sp work (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc); repeat from * 5 times, ch 8, join with sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
- Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same stitch, sc in next dc, * in ch-2 sp work (2 dc, ch 3, sl st in top of last dc, 2 dc), sc in next 2 dc, in ch-8 sp work 10 dc, ** sc in next 2 dc; repeat from * 5 times and from * to ** once more, join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Print out this blocking template . It will help you make your spoke circles/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 motif in the solution, squeeze out the excess and spread it out on the plastic wrap-covered foam/blocking 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 motif, 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.