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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. Its final size is 7,5 cm (3 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.

Instructions
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 ch-6 sp work (5 dc, ch 5 and sl st in 4th ch from 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.

Another photo of the same motif

Stiffening
You will need white pva 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 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
sp space
sl st slip stitch
 * 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 variation of this snowflake in Crochet Flower Athena, and a stunning yet very easy snowflake motif in Crochet Snowflake Naxos.
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