With the festive time upon us I’ve spent the last week making some Christmas Crochet Snowflakes. This is going to be a tried and tested post as I wanted to try out a variety of different patterns. I have taken these photos before the snowflakes are ’blocked’ into their final shape so you can see how they turn out.
My first snowflake was made using Lucy’s Attic 24 snowflake pattern.
It was the quickest crochet snowflake pattern I tried to make and I love the pointed ends created by the chain stitches. As always, Lucy gives you really clear instructions and a wonderful photo guide. It’s also a great pattern to use as the basis for your own design: you could make the ends even pointer by additional chains, work UK treble (US double) stitches in your first round rather than UK double (US single) to give you a more open centre.
My second snowflake is from the about.com website and is designed by Amy Solovay.
This is a beautiful pattern and the snowflake I am most proud of because of the lace effect its creates. It’s not too difficult to make either as it only uses chain, UK double (US single), UK treble (US double) and slip stitch.
Another free crochet pattern can be found on the Redheart website, it was written by Mary Jane Protus and was designed to be used as a crochet snowflake garland. The snowflake is ideal for this and great for hanging as it gives you a stable structure that doesn’t flop about.
Not be forgotten is the snowflake based on the Granny Square. The pattern I used is by The Royal Sisters and is called Grandma Twinkle. This is pretty fast to make and the tutorial has lots of photos so is easy to follow.
If you are on the look out for free crochet patterns, it’s always good to have a quick check in any books that you may have lying around - I found 2 lovely patterns which I’d forgotten about.
The first is in a book that is easily available in the UK - its called 201 Crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas by Melody Griffiths. It’s the biggest snowflake I made and measures 17cm from point to point. If it was stiffened well it could make a great Christmas tree topper.
The second “Snowflake Star” pattern is from a 1970s vintage craft book (found at a car boot sale) called The Complete Book of Handicrafts which was edited by Jill Blake and Joan Fisher and produces such a pretty snowflake that you could also use the pattern for a flower.
I would love to hear about your favorite crochet snowflake patterns and how you like to use them. Please send me a comment with your recommendations.
Just incase you’re wondering – this is what I’ve done with mine!