Crochet Snowflake Chios
You will need
To crochet this snowflake, I used cotton thread size 10 and crochet hook 2 mm. Its final size is 12 cm (about 4½ 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.
Make a magic ring (or ch 7 and join with a sl st to form a ring).
- Round 1: Ch 1, (3 sc in ring, ch 7) 6 times, pull the thread end to tighten the ring and join with sl st in first sc.
- Round 2: Sl st in 3rd ch of first ch-7 loop, in first ch-7 loop work (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 4, 3 dc), * in next ch-7 loop work (3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc); repeat from * around, sl st in 3rd ch of first ch3.
- Round 3: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in ch-4 loop work (sc, hdc, ch 2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as hdc, hdc, ch 2, tr, dtr, ch 4, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as hdc, ch3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same ch as dc, ch 2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as hdc, ch 2, sl st in first ch of first ch2, dtr, tr, ch 2, hdc, ch 2, hdc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as hdc, hdc, sc), sl st in next 6 dc; repeat from * 5 times, in last ch-4 loop work the same way, sl st in 3 last dc.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
Stiffening and 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.
Soak the snowflake in the solution, squeeze out the excess and spread out the snowflake 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 snowflake, attach a piece of thread, yarn, ribbon or invisible thread.
The stiffening solution will permanently damage your pins, so it’s best to set the used ones aside for use in future starching projects.