Winter is on its way, and so are last minute Holiday gifts. I think that we all have done that last minute quick crochet gift for our kids teachers, the unexpected house guest for the Holiday, etc...
This little snowflake came out of the fact that I was tired of making the snowflakes in the little book that I had (this was before I got the 99 snowflake book!) and I thought, how hard can a snowflake be?
So, last year, I sat down with a ball of thread, a size 7 hook and went at it, and this is the result!
Metallic Crochet Cotton size 10 in White/Pearl
Size 7/1.65 mm Steel hook
Stiffener, stainless steel straight pins, a pinning board (I cover mine with plastic wrap, "Press and Seal" works really well), follow directions on the stiffener.
I never really measured it, but I think that it comes out to be about 4-5 inches in diameter. The photo is close to actual size, give or take.
gauge not really that important
sl st-slip stitch
Extended Double Cluster (cluster):
YO, insert hook into st indicated, YO, pull through 1 loop on hook (chain made), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook, [YO, insert hook into the chain at bottom of first stitch , YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] repeat once more (4 loops on hook). YO, pull through all 4 loops.
ch 3, sl st into back loop of 3rd ch from hook.
RND 1:Ch 4, [YO, insert hook into back lop of 3rd ch from hook, YO, pull through 2 loops] repeat once (3 loops on hook), YO, pull through all 3 loops (beginning cluster made).
[ch 1, picot, ch 1, cluster in 1st ch of beginning ch 4] repeat 5 more times
Ch 1, picot, ch 1, once more, join in top of beginning cluster (6 clusters, 6 picots, 12 ch)
RND 2: Ch 1, sc in same st. Ch 5, picot,ch 5, [sk (ch, picot, ch) on previous round, sc in top of cluster, ch 5, picot, ch 5] repeat 5 more times. Join with sl st in 1st sc. (6 points)
RND 3: Ch 10, picot, ch 7, [sk (ch 5, picot, ch 5) on previous round, dc in next sc, ch 7, picot, ch 7] repeat 5 more times. Join with sl st in the 3rd ch of the starting ch 10. (6 points)
RND 4: Ch 12, picot, ch 9, [sk (ch 7, picot, ch 7) in previous round, dc in next dc, ch 9, picot, ch 9] repeat 5 more times. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the starting ch 12. Finish off.
Block and stiffen according to the package directions, making sure to put a pin into every picot in each round, stretching the chains out to shape it into the 6 pointed flower shape.