Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crochet Snowflakes


Even though I have the windows wide open today, and Catherine and I wore short sleeves outside, it is December.  While I very much have enjoyed the park this week I am ready to get in the mood for Christmas.  And who doesn't love a white Christmas?  Here's a slightly less chilly take on a white Christmas!

Crocheted snowflakes.  

If you haven't crocheted before or haven't in a long time, don't be intimidated by snowflakes!  Crocheting really isn't that difficult and there are so many awesome and easy to follow tutorials out there.  With the right pattern, even if you are a beginner, you could make a few  pretty snowflakes in an afternoon!

I tried a couple of different snowflake patterns, and ultimately decided that the pattern from Redheart for Snowflake #1 of the garland is the simplest with the most dramatic appearance (see below).  It requires only very basic crochet skills: chains, single crochet, and slip stitches.  




There are many more complicated patterns out there and quite a few fairly easy ones as well.  If you're a member of Ravelry there are many gorgeous patterns to chose from.  (If you aren't a member, I highly recommend you join if you crochet or knit. It is a very handy FREE website!  )

I think that my favorite snowflake is the one below.  The pattern can also be found at Redheart.  This is another fairly simple pattern.  



Of course, snowflakes don't have be made using crochet thread--you can use "regular" yarn as well!  These were made using a sport weight yarn and are about the size of a small plate while the others are roughly three inches from point to point.


What are some good uses for these cute little works of art?  

  • Make a bunch and hang them on the Christmas tree!  They are especially great if you have kids or pets, as they won't break and aren't poisonous.  
  • Stitch them together and make a beautiful garland.
  • Hang them from your fan pulls.
  • Put them on a wreath.
  • Use them as curtain tie backs. 
  • Add one with a gift tag to jazz up a present.  

If you like the look of the snowflakes I made, but don't want to make them yourself, I sell some in my Etsy shop!  (I welcome custom orders, but hurry!)  I had a bunch of these at the craft fair this past weekend, and I was shocked how fast they sold out!

Since my little helper was just too adorable while helping me take pictures, here's another one of her! She ever-so-carefully hung the snowflakes on the bush for me. 


21 comments:

  1. Ooh! These are sooo cute! I just posted a crochet snowflake pattern earlier this week. I LOVE yours!!! I'm going to have to make some of them! :-)

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    1. Oh, I missed that! I will go check it out now! Thank you! :-) They really are so much fun to make.

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    2. So glad you linked to my Super Link Party! I'm featuring you at my next party (on Wednesday)!:-)

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    3. P.S. If you have a blog button, I'd love to feature it on my sidebar for the week under "Featured Guests" Please feel free to email me if you do. :-)

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  2. Love these! I'll have to make some this week!

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  3. So pretty, I'd love to make some!

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    1. Thank you! You should, they really aren't as hard as they look.

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  4. Very pretty!

    I would love if you would link up to Fall Into the Holidays, open through Thursday!

    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/fall-into-the-holidays-12/

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

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  5. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend!

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  6. these are adorable! we had some like it on our tree when i was a kid that i think my great nana made!

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  7. These are beautiful! Great snowflake round up. I like that you've made all of them. Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

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  8. so sweet! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!

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  9. They look so pretty! What great and versatile ornaments!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  10. I am always amazed at the number of different snowflake designs!

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