Hello! This is my first posted pattern to this site!
I had originally designed these to be earrings, but they turned out a liiiiittle to big for my taste (but can certainly still be worn as earrings)!
Instead, these little guys have solved my problem of how to decorate my 4 foot basement-suite-sized Christmas tree this winter!
"Normal" sized snowflakes always looked WAY too big for a small tree, so these are awesome for anyone with mini trees in the house!!!
small amount of white cotton crochet thread (way less than a ball)
1.6mm/US6 steel hook, or 1.25mm/US8 if you can swing it
piece of cardboard (not the thin kind)
piece of wax paper
glitter if you want
approximately 5 cm / 2 inches small
gauge is too tiny to note - they're all supposed to be different anyway! have fun with it!!
normal shorthand used
Ch 4 loosely, sl st in 1st ch to join
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 6 sc in ch 4 loop, sl st to 1st sc.
Rnd 2: Ch 7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in next sc, *ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in next sc* around, join with a sl st to 2nd ch of ch 7.
Rnd 3: Ch 6, slip stitch in 2nd and 3rd chain from hook, ch 4, slip st in slip st made just before you chained 4, ch 3, sl st in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, then slip st in 2 ch of the original 6 chains made at the beginning of this round (should still be one chain stitch left). This makes one of those three pointed end things.
Next, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, then dc in next sc.
Next, (making a three pointed thing again) *ch 5, slip stitch in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, slip st in slip st made just before you chained 4, ch 3, sl st in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook and in remaining 2 chs of the ch 5, sl st in dc last made.
This makes another three pointed thing, now and throughout. It is the same as the first one made, only with a ch-5 base instead of ch-6!
Next, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, dc in next sc, repeat from * around, ending with a sl st to 2nd ch of starting ch 6 intstead of dc.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
OPTIONAL STIFFENING INSTRUCTIONS
If you want your snowflakes symmetrical at all times, you may want to stiffen them, the ones in the picture are stiffened so that is what they will look like more or less. I will post pictures of what this looks like if it is too confusing!!
Step 1: For this, you will want to take your piece of cardboard and draw one line lengthwise down the centre.
Step 2: Use the protractor and mark at 60 and 120 degrees on each side. Join the marks and you have your six points! You can make as many on the cardboard as you have room.
Step 3: put wax paper over cardboard and pin snowflakes to the cardboard along the lines. This may take some practice; experiment with tension and number of pins. Stretching it out and using many pins will make the snowflake look delicate and very even. Loose pinning with only a few pins will make the
snowflake smaller and more varied...
Step 4: pour some fabric stiffener (I use water soluble) into a bowl and dab it on with the make up sponge.
Step 5: (optional) sprinkle some glitter over while it's still wet - let sit to dry!!
you can save glitter by folding the wax paper after and pouring excess back into the container :)