Crocheted Snowflake - from Martha Stewart (appeared in December 2002 issue)http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel181145
for my reference only
|One of natures best decorating ideas is the snowflake: It
adds sparkle to upturned eyelashes, embellishment to bare tree branches. With crocheted
versions of this seasonal icon, you can bring its frosty filigree indoors.
Crocheting a scarf or vest might take a month, but you can complete a simple flake in about an hour. Make one while youre on the phone or waiting to pick up the kidsand before you know it, youll have enough for a snowscape. Adorn your Christmas tree with these lacy beauties as the Victorians did, or use them in one of the projects youll find on the pages of our December 2002 issue. Add one to a gift bow, take a half dozen to a tree-trimming party, tie one to your sweaters zipper pull, or suspend a bunch from the ceiling to imitate a blizzard.
This pattern uses the single-crochet stitch in four rounds and calls for counting stitches. Starch and block your snowflakes before hanging so that they hold their shape. Then give the house a cheery dusting with your delicate creations. And if youre a beginner, review the basics of How to Crochet before you start.
Tools and Materials
Thin yarn and small hooks create airy, delicate snowflakes. Size 10 crochet cotton and U.S. sizes 5 to 8 hooks are good for novices. Experienced needleworkers may use threads to size 20 or 30 and hooks to U.S. size 13 or 14. Try making a few fuzzy flakes with mohair or angora; its more difficult, but the result is dazzling. As you crochet, the emerging design may look floppy or askew, but starching and blocking will turn the piece into a symmetrical marvel.
As you follow the directions, the loop on the hook does not count as a stitch. The stitch just below it should be the first in your reckoning.
Starching and Blocking
After you complete your crocheted snowflake, use a compass and ruler to trace a 6-point star onto a 6-inch square of scrap paper. Cut it out, then glue to a 6-inch square of cardboard. Cover cardboard with clear packing tape; set aside. Pour fabric stiffener (available at crafts stores) into a bowl. Soak snowflake in stiffener, 1 minute. Remove with tweezers; pat dry with paper towels. Pin tautly to blocking board, using lines as a guide. Let dry overnight; wiggle pins to remove.
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
ch = chain
rnd = round
|SLIP STITCH (sl st)
The sl st is used to join a stitch that was just worked with another one. Insert the hook into a stitch that you want to join with another; catch the yarn, and draw it through all the loops on the hook.
ch 6; join with sl st to form the foundation ring.
Rnd 1: ch 2 (counts as first sc), 11 sc into ring; join with sl st.
Rnd 2: sl st in first sc, *ch 5, sl st in 6th ch from hook (same loop as before), sl st in each of next 2 sc.* Repeat * to * 5 times.
Rnd 3: sl st in each of next 3 chs (of the 5 chs of previous rnd) to the top of first loop, *ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch (top of loop).* Repeat * to * 5 times; join with sl st.
Rnd 4: *ch 8, sl st in 9th ch from hook (same loop as before), ch 12, sl st in 10th ch from hook, ch 14, sl st in 12th ch from hook, **ch 12, sl st in 13th ch from hook (same loop as before).** Repeat ** to ** once, sl st in each of next 3 chs (working toward center), ch 10, sl st in 11th ch from hook (same loop as before), sl st in each of next 3 chs (working toward center), ch 8, sl st in 9th ch from hook (same loop as before), ch 6, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 2, skip 5 chs of previous rnd, sl st in next stitch.* Repeat * to * 5 times; join with sl st. Finish off; weave in ends.