Snowflake Applique -- Project Overview
Do any of your winter craft projects need a little touch of crochet? If so, a snowflake applique might be just what you need.
Skill Level: Easy
Project Photo: See a large picture of the snowflake appliques
Yarn or Crochet Thread:
You can use just about any yarn or crochet thread to crochet this snowflake.
Crochet Hook Size / Finished Snowflake Size
Use a crochet hook appropriately sized for the yarn or thread you have selected to crochet the snowflake.
I worked two different samples. The smaller snowflake was worked in in size 3 crochet thread; for that sample, I used a size C / 2.5 mm hook. The finished snowflake measures 4 1/4 inches.
The larger snowflake was worked in Peaches and Crème cotton yarn, which is a worsted weight cotton. I used a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook. The snowflake measures 7 1/2 inches.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:
- beg = beginning
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st = stitch
Long Single Crochet Stitch -- If you do not already know how to work long single crochet stitch (Long sc st,) here is a long single crochet tutorial that will help.
Ch 6. Sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Work 12 sc sts in ring. Join the work to the beg of the round with a sl st.
Round 2: [Ch 9, sc in 6th ch from hook; the extra 5 ch sts form a loop that will form the tip of one of the spokes of the snowflake. Work 1 sc in ea of the next 3 ch sts. Sl st in closest sc st worked in round 1. Sl st in next sc.] Repeat sequence in brackets 5 more times to create a total of 6 spokes.
Round 3: [Work 1 sc st into the bottom of each of the next 4 sc st. When you get to the ch-5 loops at the end of the spokes, work 7 sc in each loop. Then work 1 sc st into the top of each of the next 4 sc sts. (You'll end up with 15 sc total.) Skip next 2 sl sts.] Work sequence in brackets 5 more times so that all 6 spokes have been worked. Join with a sl st to first sc of first spoke.
Round 4: [Work 1 sl st into each of the next 3 sc sts, long sc st into loop at the end of the spoke, ch 5, long sc into same loop, ch 3, hdc into 4th sc in loop (this is the middle stitch), ch 3, long sc in loop, ch 5, long sc in loop, work 1 sl st in each of the next 4 sc sts,] sl st into next sc to begin working the next spoke and then work sequence in brackets again, repeating until all spokes have been worked.
Round 5:[Work 1 sl st into the back loop of each stitch in the previous round, until you get to the second long sc in the loop. Work 1 sl st into this long sc. Then work 3 sc sts into the ch-3 space between the long sc and the hdc at the end of the spoke. Ch 5, work 3 sc into the next ch-3 space following the hdc st. Sl st in next long sc st, and continue working sl sts into the rest of the sts down the snowflake spoke.] Repeat sequence in brackets until all the stitches in all the spokes have been worked.
Finishing the Snowflake
End off. Weave in loose ends. If you used a block-able yarn such as wool, block the snowflake. If you used synthetic yarn such as acrylic, there is no need for blocking. The snowflakes shown in my photos have not been blocked, but they would benefit from it.
Use the snowflake in the craft project of your choice. One possibility: I used my sample snowflake as the focal point for a snowflake potholder.
Need ideas or instructions for what to do next? This article about how to attach an applique to a craft project will help.