Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Crochet Snowflake

Crochet Snowflake

Technique: Crochet

10 weight crochet cotton

Size 3 (1.25mm) Steel Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle

Chain 7, join

Round 1: *Chain 3, Single Crochet in the loop, Repeat 8 times total from *.

Round 2: Ch 3, Work 2 DC in the same loop, CH 2, *Work 3 DC, CH 2, complete 7 times total from *, join with the beginning chain.

Round 3: *Chain 4, Work a cluster through the top of the 3 previous DC. CH 4, SC in the CH 2 space. Complete 8 times total from *. Work a Triple Crochet at the base of the beginning chain, instead of the last chain 4. You will want to end at the top by the cluster. Slip stitch back in to the top of the cluster.

Round 4: ** Chain 6, join, slip stitch in to the chain 6 * CH 4 SC in the loop, complete 5 times total from * (5 chain 4 loops), CH 3, SC in the next loop, CH 3 SC in the next loop, CH 3, SL ST in the center of the next cluster, Complete 8 times total from**

Using the tapestry needle, weave in the loose ends.

Soak in a mixture of 50% pva glue and 50% water until completely saturated. Squeeze out by hand and blot with a paper towel. Using stainless steel pins, pin out onto a board. This is called blocking and ensures that the pattern is set evenly. Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry. If you have a disaster like I did and realize after the fact that your pins were not stainless steel and they left horrid rust marks on your snowflake, all is not lost! Make a smooth paste of cream of tartar and water and cover snowflake. Let sit overnight and rinse clean in the morning, all signs of rust should be gone.

This pattern sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is, this was one of my first completed crochet patterns and I ended up with a snowflake looking collection of thread! If you are a rank beginner and struggle to understand the pattern and terms, this video has an excellent step by step tutorial of each round, stitch by stitch.

Trans-continental crochet can be a little confusing as our hook sizes are labelled very differently. In Australia they are sold by metric size, and when I put this one together I realized afterwards that the conversion chart I used was off, and so it's a little 'off'. Not to worry, I think most people are quite taken by shiny objects, a sprinkle of glitter and people will go oooohhh ahhhhh and not notice any flaws.

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