These snowflakes would be a doddle for experienced crocheters & pretty straightforward even for absolute beginners. The pattern below is for the round snowflake on the left. The other 2 patterns are available for sale (£2 for the 2) in my Folksy shop (UK or USA version).
I’ve used Sirdar Flirt yarn for these projects – it’s a DK yarn & is 80% bamboo, 20% wool mix. It’s good stuff for this project because it’s a little bit shiny & silky – nice and Christmassy. It’s also very easy to crochet & holds its shape really well. The finished snowflake measures around 6cm across.
A note for UK crocheters – I’ve used USA terms throughout - here’s a conversion chart. If you would like a UK version just give me a shout – I can email one to you.
ch: chain; sc: single crochet; dc: double crochet; hdc: half double crochet; rep: repeat; rnd: round; sp: space; st: stitch; tog: together.
double crochet 2 together (dc2tog): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, insert hook into the same stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook
double crochet 3 together (dc3tog): Yarn over, insert hook in st & pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops (yarn over, insert hook into same stitch & pull up a loop, yarn over pull through 2 loops) 2 times, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.
picot-3: Chain 3, make slip stitch in 3rd chain from the hook.
Rnd 1: Start with a magic circle, and crochet 6 sc in the ring. Alternatively chain 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from the hook. You don’t need to bother joining the circle with a ss – just carry on to round 2.
Rnd 2: Make 2sc in each sc round, join last sc to 1st sc with ss – you’ll end up with 12 stitches. Picture 1 shows how it should look:
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc2tog in next sc, skip 1sc, ch3; *dc3tog, skip 1sc, ch3, repeat from * 4 times, join with ss to top of 1st dc2tog
This picture shows the 3rd round after you have made the 1st 3 ch and the dc2tog.
This shows the 3rd round after you have skipped 1sc, ch3 & made 1st dc3tog.
This shows the completed 3rd round after joining with a ss.
Rnd 4: ss into 1st 3 ch sp, make 3 ch, 4hdc & 1 dc into the same 3 ch sp; *(picot-3) 3 times, anchor the 3 picot-3s by inserting your hook underneath the top of last dc you made and make a ss (see pictures 5-8); 1dc, 4hdc, 1dc in next 3 ch sp, repeat from * 4 times, then make a final (picot-3) 3 times, anchor it as before then join with ss to 3rd ch in 1st ch 3.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
The arrow indicates where you need to make your ss to make your first picot-3 stitch.
The pink circle shows what your 1st picot-3 stitch should look like when you’ve completed it.
The pink circle shows what your work should look like once you have completed 2 picot-3 stitches.
This is what your work should look like after you have finished your 3rd picot-3 (the 3 picot-3 are numbered). The pink arrow indicates where you need to make your ss to anchor your picots.
Your work in progress.
The completed snowflakes and my other designs, silhouetted against the evening sky.