Crocheting beautiful ornaments for your Christmas tree is such a great way to spend time during the holiday season. The unique, handmade snowflakes are also perfect for gifts and will be cherished for years to come.
I used cotton thread size 10 and a 2 mm crochet hook to make Snowflake Patmos and its final size is 7,5 cm (3 inches) in diameter. You can change the look and size of your motif by using different colors and yarn weights. Besides the thread and hook, you will also need a needle to weave in loose ends and a pair of scissors.
If you want to stiffen and block the snowflakes you will need white pva glue (school glue) or your favorite starch, stainless steel pins or toothpicks, plastic wrap and some kind of blocking board.
Make a magic ring.
- Round 1: Ch 1, sc in the ring, (ch 3, sc in the ring) 11 times, pull the thread end to tighten the ring, ch 1, hdc in first sc (counts as last ch-3 sp).
- Round 2: Ch 1, sc in same sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) 11 times, ch1, hdc in first sc (counts as last ch-3 sp).
- Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 6, sc in next ch-3 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 6, sc in next ch-3 sp) 5 times, ch 1, hdc in first sc (counts as last ch-3 sp).
- Round 4: Ch 1, * sc in ch-3 sp, in next ch-6 sp work (5 dc, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch from the hook to create picot, ch 1, 5 dc); repeat from * around. Join with sl st in first sc.
Fasten off and weave in loose ends.
You will need white school glue or your favorite starch, stainless steel pins or toothpicks, plastic wrap and some kind of foam/blocking board if you want to block your snowflakes.
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 school 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.