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Beaded Crochet Snowflake - Free Pattern

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Create a beaded crochet snowflake motif using the free pattern and instructions provided here.

Project Photo -- Beaded Crochet Snowflake

Beaded Crochet Snowflake
Beaded Crochet Snowflake -- Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

You'll crochet this snowflake in two layers. Use wire, fiber and sparkly beads to form the upper layer, and the yarn or thread of your choice for  the lower layer.

Materials

  • Wire
  • 61 Beads
  • Two Different Coordinating Colors of Thread or Yarn in Similar Sizes
  • Crochet hook appropriately sized to use with the yarn you've selected
  • Tapestry Needle

Tips for Choosing Materials

 

  • Choose compatible beads and wire; the beads have to have large enough holes to be able to string on the wire. Very thick wire or very small seed beads are not ideal for this project.


  • The thread or yarn you choose shouldn't overwhelm the beads. You'll want the beads to be visible, not hidden under the fiber. See an example of what not to do.


  • Scrap thread is ideal for use in this project.

 

Materials Used in the Sample Snowflake

  • 61 triangle beads measuring 5 mm. I used Toho Treasure Beads by Darice, but you can use any beads you want to.
  • Silver craft wire by Darice; again, feel free to substitute any brand of wire you like.
  • Crochet Cotton Thread in Size 10; I dyed it a lovely pale aqua color. You can use any color.
  • 1 skein of white embroidery floss
  • Size 6 / 1.80 mm steel crochet hook

Size of the Finished Snowflake

My sample snowflake measures approximately 3 1/4” in diameter. The white background measures approximately 2 3/4” in diameter.

The size of your finished snowflake will vary, depending on the yarns, beads, and crochet hook you use.

Beadwork Technique

I’ve created an in-depth tutorial to teach you how to do the beaded crochet technique. If you're not already familiar with this technique, the tutorial will help; after reading throught the tutorial, you'll have a better understanding of how to work this pattern.

Instructions for Making the Snowflake Arms

Beaded Crochet Snowflake Arms
Snowflake "Arms" -- Photo © Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.
At left, you can see a photo of how the snowflake's "arms" look before assembly. You're going to be making three arms all together; there are 2 different variations of the arms. The only difference: the uppermost arm has one additional bead in the center.

Stringing the Beads

String 20 beads onto the craft wire. Do not cut the wire off the spool yet.

Crocheting the First 5 Beads

Using the aqua colored size 10 crochet thread, make a slip knot.

Position the slip knot under the wire so that your first stitch will secure the thread to the wire. (See view E of the beaded crochet tutorial.) Chain 2; the first chain counts as 1 single crochet, and the second chain will go overtop of the first bead to help secure it.

Slide the first bead right up next to your chain stitches. Single crochet on the other side of the bead, in between it and the next bead on the string.

(Work one chain stitch. Then slide another bead right beside your previous single crochet stitch, and work another single crochet on the other side of it.) Repeat sequence in parentheses 3 more times. At that point, you will have worked 5 beads all together.

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