Holiday gift giving has a way of growing
exponentially. I've made a detailed list of parents, siblings, grandparents,
nieces, etc. But even as I watch, it is expanding to include coworkers and
close friends-and I'm sure many of you can add teachers, employees, and more.
|Stellar Snowflake by Connie Lee Lynch
This year I teamed up with Interweave Crochet's
Assistant Editor, Sarah Read, to create a blizzard of crochet snowflakes-the
perfect quick handmade crocheted gift. The Stellar Snowflake, a new favorite of
mine, from Interweave
Crochet Accessories 2012, is gorgeous, unique, and has just enough
complexity to keep the crochet interesting. Here is Sarah to give you a few
tips on stiffening the snowflakes once they are finished.
Stiffening Crochet Snowflakes
The Stellar Snowflakes, by Connie Lee Lynch
are saving my holiday craft queue this year! They are the perfect bite-sized
handmade project for gifting to friends and relatives without running yourself
ragged in the process. The pattern is quick, yet challenging enough to keep you
engaged, and the diagram makes it perfectly portable. The only tricky part? How
to transform the crocheted squiggle into the beautiful star in the picture.
||Wet, unblocked snowflakes
When I finished my first snowflake, I was a
bit daunted by the fact that it didn't look much like a snowflake. A quick
survey of the office turned up "jellyfish," "spider," and
"neuron" as possible guesses.
To block my squiggles, I soaked them in a
bowl of water and no-rinse wool wash for two hours, put a towel over a foam
blocking board, and exhausted my pin supply on all of those wee points. If
you're planning to make a blizzard's-worth of snowflakes, I highly recommend
picking up an extra box or two of pins. The four large ones I made used an
entire box by themselves!
I let the snowflakes dry a bit overnight, and
then very carefully removed the pins. I took a square of plastic wrap and
pinned that to the towel, placed the snowflake on the plastic, and with a
paintbrush, applied some fabric stiffener to each part of the snowflake, being
careful to preserve the shape of each point. Once it was dry, I flipped the
snowflake and applied stiffener to the other side.
||Blocked Stellar Snowflakes
A bit of pretty ribbon threaded through one
of the points, et voila! A lovely holiday decoration for someone special on
your gift list. They're perfect for tucking into holiday cards or tying to
wrapped presents, as well.
Enjoy making your snowflakes! And remember to
share the pictures with us in the galleries; we love to see your work!
— Sarah Read
Whip up a blizzard of snowflakes this year as
gifts or to decorate your own home. You will also find fabulous hats, shawls,
scarves, and more-all of them lovely crochet gift giving ideas. You can purchase the Interweave
Crochet Accessories 2012 issue in the Crochet Me Shop or download the magazine to start crocheting today, and don't
forget to whip up a beautiful accessory for yourself.
P.S. Do you have tips for stiffening crochet