Crochet Snowflake Pattern
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With Christmas approaching, I was in the mood for a quick wintery project, so I decided to work up a crochet snowflake pattern. There are tons of beautiful crochet snowflakes out there, but I wanted something simple and easy that would work with yarn I already had. I also knew I wanted to experiment with starching the snowflakes so they would hold their shape (more about that below).
These snowflakes look more difficult than they are, I promise! You can make them with any white yarn and hook (my specifics are in the pattern), and you only need to know how to do a magic ring, chain, slip stitch, and double crochet. Simple!
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Crochet Snowflake Pattern
- Yarn – Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Cotton” in White
- Size E/3.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends (I like these ones with bent tips)
If you’re going to starch your snowflakes like I did, you will also need:
- Corn Starch
- Straight pins
- A blocking board or foam board
- magic ring
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- dc – double crochet
After starching and blocking, my snowflakes measure about 4″ across.
Begin with a magic ring.
R1: Ch 5. (Dc, ch 2) 5x around. Sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch 5.
R2: Ch 3. 2 dc in first ch space. (Ch 3, 3 dc in next ch space) 5x around. Ch 3. Sl st into top of ch 3.
R3: Sl st into next 2 sts and into 1st ch space. Into that ch space and each ch space around: ch 4, sl st, ch 6, sl st, ch 8, sl st, ch 6, sl st, ch 4, sl st, then sl st across next 3 sts and into next ch space) 6x.
Fasten off, weaving in ends.
Starching the Snowflakes:
After making the snowflakes, I tried a couple of different starching methods. My first attempt was a flop (literally, because my snowflake was still floppy!) so I won’t waste your time with what I did. But I had success with a corn starch method I followed, using the directions described in this blog post by Ira Rott designs. I recommend reading once through it to get an idea of the steps before starting.
After reading that blog post, I followed the steps mixing corn starch with boiling water. It cooled and thickened up, and I soaked the snowflakes in the mixture. Then I blocked the snowflakes on foam posterboard, stretching (slightly) and pinning each part of the snowflake. Blocking this way allowed the snowflakes to dry with more definition and detail showing. I let my snowflakes to dry for about 24 hours before removing the pins. Voila! I had snowflakes that held their shape and could be used in lots of different ways.
Side note: I also tried combining glitter with the cornstarch mixture and it wasn’t a huge success. The glitter flaked off a lot after the snowflakes dried, so if you want sparkly snowflakes, I’d recommend using a yarn like this one.
I hope you are able to make your own crochet snowflakes using this pattern! If you do, I’d love to see, so tag me on Instagram @crochettoplay. And for more free patterns, click here. Merry Christmas!
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Hi, about how many snowflakes did 1 skien make. I’d like to make a table runner.
I used some scrap yarn from my stash when making these, so I’m not sure how many a full skein would make. It would depend on the yardage in the skein too, but I’d assume you could get quite a few. 🙂
These snowflakes are gorgeous! The pattern does look quick, too. And, your explanation for the starching and blocking is actually understandable. IF I can get finished with my gifts I’m crocheting I want to make some of these snowflakes to put on my packages. If not, I’ll make a bunch for next year.
I’m glad you like them! I hope you get the chance to make some. 🙂