Thursday, 10 December 2015

Free Pattern: A Kingdom Far, Far Away

lacy crochet wrist warmer/fingerless glove/fingerless mitts - www.wishesintherain.net

I don't know why, but I can't wear normal gloves. I was able to wear mittens as a small child, but anything around the ends of my fingers make my hands feel itchy. I love wrist warmers/fingerless gloves/fingerless mitts a lot. I think the only thing I don't love about them is that they have so many different names! ;)

Every year since I've been able to crochet I've made myself a new pair. Normally I lose my wrist warmers during the summer (I think somewhere there must be a stash of them in my house that I can't find). Although this year was an exception, and I do still have my wrist warmers from last year, I wanted some new ones anyway. A girl can never have too many accessories, right?

Recently, I have become interested in 3rd loop hdc stitches. I love how they add a little bit of dimensional texture to a flat piece of crochet, and how they're like knitting, but not quite the same. I also felt that I need some pink, and some lace... and A Kingdom Far, Far Away was born. I made these for me, to be the perfect shape and length, but you can make them for you too with just a bit of work. There are some more advanced stitches here, for example the third loop hdc, foundation hdc, and chainless starting dc, but don't be put off - they're easy to learn, I'm linking tutorials, and some, like the chainless starting dc, can change a lot of your projects for the better (seriously it is that good of a stitch). You will have to work out the number of stitches for the size you want, but I've tried to make it as straightforward as possible. I have only made these once so apologies in advance for any errors!

pair of crochet wrist warmers or fingerless gloves - www.wishesintherain.net

Pattern

Notes:
My gauge was 42hdc = 8in/20cm. My wrist warmers/fingerless gloves were 9in (23cm) long - around 7in (18cm) for the main section and 1in (2.5cm) each for the top and bottom borders. Don't worry if you can't make gauge, just make the size that fits you. I have only worked out the number of stitches for a large size. However, you can make a smaller/different size if you're not afraid of a little arithmetic.

Calculating increases: Divide number of sts on previous round by 3, subtract 1 for the number of stitches between each increase
Calculating decreases: Divide number of sts on previous round by 3, subtract 2 for the number of stitches between each decrease

All increases and decreases (apart from increase in round 18 if you don't have a multiple of 6 sts) are optional - if you're making these for yourself, do what fits you best. Also feel free to add or subtract rounds between Round 5 and Round 11 to get the length you would like.

The left and right wrist wamers (right and left if you're left handed) are slightly different. Follow the right/left guidelines depending on which one you're making.

You will need:
  • Yarn A: around 137yards/125m Sport weight with a 3.75 mm (F) hook (could try dk with a 4mm (G) hook). I used Adriafil Sierra Andina in grey
  • Yarn B: around 44yards/40m 4ply with 3mm hook. I used Rowan Wool Cotton 4ply in pink.
  • Needle to sew in ends

Stitches used (In US terms throughout): sc, hdc, dc, trc, foundation hdc (fhdc), 3rd loop hdc, chainless starting dc, dc mini cluster (see below), picot (see below).
dc mini cluster:  yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull up loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 3 loops.
picot: ch3, sl st into first ch.


Main section:

With Yarn A and 3.75mm (F) hook:

Foundation: 42 (or a multiple of 3 that fits around your arm) fhdc, join with a sl st to make a circle (make sure it doesn't twist).
Round 1: ch1, hdc in first hdc and in each st across. Join with sl st to first hdc. (42)
Round 2: ch1,  hdc in 3rd loop of each hdc on previous round. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (42)
Round 3: ch1, normal hdc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (42)
Round 4: ch2, (does not count as st on this or any other row)  dc in 3rd loop of each hdc around. Join with sl st to first dc. (42)

Round 5: ch2, dc in each st around, join (42)
Round 6: (decrease) ch2, *dec over 1st 2 sts, dc in next 12 sts* three times  (39)
Round 7: ch2.  dc in each st around, join. (39)
Round 8: (decrease) ch2, *dec over 1st 2 sts, dc in next 11 sts* three times, join (36)
Rounds 9, 10: ch2, dc in each st around, join. (36)
Round 11: (increase) ch2, *2dcs into first st, dc in next 11 sts* three times, join  (39)

Round 12: ch1, hdc in each st around. (39)
Round 13: (increase), ch1, working in 3rd loops, *2hdc into first st, hdc in next 12 sts* three times, join (42)
Round 14: ch1, normal hdc in each st around, join (42)
Round 15 Right: ch3, trc in first 33 sts, ch 8, tc in last st, join into first tc (42) (leave 8 sts unworked for thumbhole. If you want a smaller thumbhole, reduce the number of chs and the number of unworked sts.)
Round 15 Left: ch3, trc, ch 8, tc in remaining sts, join to first tc (42) (leave 8 sts unworked for thumbhole)
Round 16: ch1, hdc in each st around (work into bumps of chains for neat finish) (42)
Round 17: ch1, hdc in 3rd loop of each hdc on previous round. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (42)
Round 18: ch1, normal hdc in each st around. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (42) If this row is not a multiple of six, increase by three.
Round 19: ch1, hdc in 3rd loop of each hdc on previous round. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (42)
Round 20: ch1, sc in each st around. Join, bind off & weave in ends.


Thumbhole:

With Yarn A and 3.75mm (F) hook:

Left: join in bottom right corner of thumbhole (near seam). Work 8sc across bottom, 3 sc along trc, 8 sc across top in ch sts, 3 sc along trc, join with sl st into first sc. Bind off & weave in ends.

Right: join in top left corner of thumbhole (near seam). Work 8sc across top in ch sts, 3 sc along trc, 8 sc along bottom, 3 sc along trc, join with sl st into first sc. Bind off & weave in ends.

pretty lace top edging - www.wishesintherain.net

Top Border:

With Yarn B:
With 3.75mm hook, join Yarn B with a sl st into 3rd loop of hdc from round 19. Sl st in each 3rd loop around (42 sl sts). The photo below illustrates where to join your yarn: (please note I'm left handed so this may look a bit backwards to you!)
photos showing where to attach top lace edge - www.wishesintherain.net
click for larger version
With 3mm hook:
Round 1: Chainless starting dc, ch1, dc in same st, skip 2 sl sts, *(dc, ch1 dc) in same sl st, skip 2 sl sts* 13 times, join with sl st to starting dc.
Round 2: sl st into ch space, ch2, dc (counts as first dc mini cluster), ch1, dc mini cluster, *(dc mini cluster, ch1, dc mini cluster) in next ch space* 13 times, join with sl st into top of first dc.
Round 3: sl st into ch1 space, 5 dcs into next ch1 space, *sl st into next ch1 space, 5 dc into next ch1 space* 6 times, join with sl st into first sl st
Round 4: in back loops, sc in first dc, (ch3, sc,) 4 times, skip sl st, *sc, (ch3, sc) 4 times, skip sl st* six times, join to first sc, bind off and weave in ends.

lacy crochet edging with picots - www.wishesintherain.net

Bottom Border

With Yarn B:
With 3.75mm hook, With seam facing you, sl st in 3rd hdc loop of foundation hdc in each st around (42 sl sts)
photos showing where to attach bottom lace edge - www.wishesintherain.net
click for larger version

With 3mm hook:
Round 1: Chainless starting dc, 3dc into same sl st, skip 2 sts, *4dc into sl st, skip 2 sts* 13 more times, join with sl st into starting dc
Round 2: sl st into second dc, sl st into space between 2nd and 3rd dcs. Chainless starting dc, 3dc into same space, *4dc into next gap between 2nd and 3rd dcs* 13 times, join
Round 3: sl st into second dc, s sl into space between 2nd and 3rd dcs. Ch 1, *(2hdcs, picot, 2hdcs) into space between 2nd and 3rd dcs* 14 times, join, bind off, weave in ends.

Finishing
I didn't block my wrist warmers and don't think they need it. I think I would only block a pair if the yarn turned out scratchy when crocheted up. Enjoy your new creation! ♥

Monday, 7 December 2015

Free Pattern: Snowflake Wishes 5

two crochet snowflake Christmas ornaments - www.wishesintherain.net
This is my last snowflake wish for now - it turns out I need to crochet other things like Christmas presents and baby blankets and some fingerless gloves which I hope share with you soon. This is the pattern I go to if I want a larger snowflake, even though it is only four rounds of crochet. Although it may look complicated it's actually quite simple and only uses basic stitches.

crochet snowflake tree ornament - www.wishesintherain.net
This snowflake is about 9cm (3.5in) when made in dk with a 2.75mm (C) hook, or about 12cm (4.7in) in worsted with a 3.5mm (E) hook.

As always I block all my snowflakes with a mixture of PVA glue, water and glitter to make them stiffer and sparkly. I feel this pattern is particularly in need of blocking. You can read my snowflake blocking instructions.

Pattern
You will need: 
  • Small amount of white yarn in any weight you like (I used worsted and dk; these patterns were designed with those weights in mind)
  • Crochet hook, from 2.5mm to 3.5mm (E) or 4mm (G) depending on the yarn you use and how tightly you want to crochet
  • Thread or ribbon to hang it from a tree
  • needle for weaving in ends
  • optional materials for blocking: water, PVA glue and glitter, or spray starch.

Stitches used:
US: ch, sl st, sc, hdc, dc.
UK: ch, sl st, dc, htr, tr.

US Instructions:

Ch 6, join with sl st to form loop

Round 1: sc 12 times into loop, join with sl st into first sc

Round 2: ch5, *sc, sc, ch5* 5 times, sc, sl st

Round 3: *hdc, dc3, ch3, dc3, hdc, sl st into second sc,* 6 times

Round 4: sl st in first 4 sts up to ch 3 space, *(sc, ch3, sc, ch5, sc, ch3, sc) in ch3 loop, ch3, skip sts to next ch3 loop* six times, sl st in first sc of round. Bind off, weave in ends, block.

UK Instructions:

ch 6, join with sl st to form loop

Round 1: dc 12 times into loop, join with sl st into first dc

Round 2: ch5, *dc, dc, ch5* 5 times, dc, sl st

Round 3: *htr, tr3, ch3, tr3, htr, sl st into second dc,* 6 times

Round 4: sl st in first 4 sts up to ch 3 space, *(dc, ch3, dc, ch5, dc, ch3, dc) in ch3 loop, ch3, skip sts to next ch3 loop* six times, sl st in first dc of round. Bind off, weave in ends, block.

Here are photos of what the snowflake should look like at each stage:

crochet snowflake photo tutorial - www.wishesintherain.net <


Happy snowflake making ♥

Saturday, 5 December 2015

What I made: Snowflake Wishes Hat

A childhood friend of mine became a father for the first time this summer, and, since I was going to see his parents today, I thought it would be nice to make a hat for his baby. Since I'm all about snowflakes right now it was easy to decide what type of hat to make!

crochet hat with appliqué crochet snowflake - www.wishesintherain.net

I used Elizabeth Roggasch's Half Double Crochet Beanie as a base for the hat. Hdcs are my favourite stitch to use for a hat because it doesn't take too long to grow, they have give, and they're really easy to attach things to afterwards. This is a really nice pattern because it gives measurement guidelines so you know even if your gauge is off (mine always is) that your hat will be the right size.


I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Blue Mint  for the main body of the hat. I used White in the same yarn for the edging and snowflake, held together with Twilleys of Stamford Goldfingering in white. It's hard to see from the photo, but it gives it a little bit of sparkle.For more information on specific yarns etc, see my project on Ravelry.

I intended to make the 3-6 month size, but lost concentration and wound up with 54 stitches on round 6 instead of 50. However, I have tight tension and when I measured it seemed to be the correct size (even though it wound up being the 6-9month size as written). Also I wanted to end up with a multiple of three stitches on the last round. The other main modification I made was working in a spiral rather than rounds; this meant I avoided having a seam. I finished up with a border of scs in white with a picot (ch3, sl st into first ch) every three stitches.

For the snowflake, I used a 3.5mm hook to make my Snowflake Wishes 2 snowflake. I sewed it on to the hat making sure to sew down the ch5s from the snowflake to the hat to prevent it from curling.

I'm really pleased with how this came out, especially since it was so simple to do! Worth bearing in mind making something like this for a last minute Christmas present :)

Friday, 4 December 2015

Free Pattern: Snowflake Wishes 4

crochet snowflakes in a Christmas tree - www.wishesintherain.net


Christmas is getting closer, and I know a lot of you will have put your trees up already. I really enjoy seeing other peoples trees and lights as I travel after dark, though I don't think I'll put my tree up for a little while.

If you're still looking for decoration inspiration, though, here's another snowflake! This is actually the first one I designed a few years ago. I like it because there are only three rounds so it's simple and fast to crochet, and I finish sooner than I think I'm going to.

crochet christmas snowflake - www.wishesintherain.net

This snowflake is around 7cm (2.75in) across when made with dk yarn and a 2.75mm (C) hook, and 9cm  (3.5in) when made with worsted weight yarn and a 3.5mm (E) hook.


As always I block all my snowflakes with a mixture of PVA glue, water and glitter to make them stiffer and sparkly. You can read my snowflake blocking instructions.

Pattern
You will need: 
  • Small amount of white yarn in any weight you like (I used worsted and dk; these patterns were designed with those weights in mind)
  • Crochet hook, from 2.5mm to 3.5mm (E) or 4mm (G) depending on the yarn you use and how tightly you want to crochet
  • Optional thread or ribbon to hang them to a tree - if you don't want to use thread you can make large loop in the snowflake, see below
  • needle for weaving in ends
  • optional materials for blocking: water, PVA glue and glitter, or spray starch.

Stitches used:
US: ch, sl st, sc, dc, trc. Optional, chainless starting dc.
UK: ch, sl st, dc, tr, dtr. Optional, chainless starting treble (see link above for explanation in US terms).

US Instructions:

Ch5, join with sl st to form a loop.

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and one ch - alternatively, starting dc, ch1), *dc, ch1* into loop 11 times, join with sl st to 3rd chain of ch4 (or top of starting dc).

Round 2: sl st into first ch1 space, *dc, ch1, trc, ch1, dc in next space, sc in next space* 5 times, dc, ch1, trc, ch1, dc in next space, join with sl st to first sl st in round.

Round 3: *ch1, skip dc, sc into ch1 space, ch3, sc into trc, ch5, sc into same st, ch3, sc into ch1 space, ch1, skip dc, sc into sc* five times, ch1, skip dc, sc into ch1 space, ch3, sc into trc, ch5, sc into same st, ch3, sc into ch1 space, ch1, skip dc, sl st into sl st on previous round. Bind off and weave in ends.


UK Instructions:

Ch5, join with sl st to form a loop.

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and one ch - alternatively, starting tr, ch1), *tr, ch1* into loop 11 times, join with sl st to 3rd chain of ch4 (or top of starting tr).

Round 2: sl st into first ch1 space, *tr, ch1, dtr, ch1, tr in next space, dc in next space* 5 times, tr, ch1, dtr, ch1, tr in next space, join with sl st to first sl st in round.

Round 3: *ch1, skip tr, dc into ch1 space, ch3, dc into dtr, ch5, dc into same st, ch3, dc into ch1 space, ch1, skip tr, dc into dc* five times, ch1, skip tr, dc into ch1 space, ch3, dc into dtr, ch5, dc into same st, ch3, dc into ch1 space, ch1, skip tr, sl st into sl st on previous round. Bind off and weave in ends.

Here are some photos of what each round looks like:

instructions for making a simple snowflake - www.wishesintherain.net



US/UK: for a self loop snowflake: replace one ch5 on last round with ch20-25 to make a loop.

a snowflake hanging from a yarn loop - www.wishesintherain.net

Look out for one more snowflake pattern soon! ♥

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Free Pattern: Snowflake Wishes 3

crochet snowflake ornaments - www.wishesintherain.net

I thought I would keep my snowflakes interesting with a few different shapes and in this case, a mini cluster stitch. Don't let the cluster put you off though, it's very easy and a gentle introduction to the technique! I was pleased with how this snowflake turned out a little floral as well. I hope you like it too ♥


glittery crochet snowflake - www.wishesintherain.net

 This snowflake is quite small - about 6.5cm (2.5in) when made in dk with a 2.75mm (C) hook, or about 9cm (3.5in) in worsted with a 3.5mm (E) hook.

As always I block all my snowflakes with a mixture of PVA glue, water and glitter to make them stiffer and sparkly. You can read my snowflake blocking instructions.

Pattern
You will need: 
  • Small amount of white yarn in any weight you like (I used worsted and dk; these patterns were designed with those weights in mind)
  • Crochet hook, from 2.5mm to 3.5mm (E) or 4mm (G) depending on the yarn you use and how tightly you want to crochet
  • Optional thread or ribbon to hang them to a tree - if you don't want to use thread you can make large loop in the snowflake, see below
  • needle for weaving in ends
  • optional materials for blocking: water, PVA glue and glitter, or spray starch.

Stitches used:
US: ch, sl st, sc, dc mini cluster (see below).
UK: ch, sl st, dc, tr mini cluster.
dc (US)/tr (UK) mini cluster:  yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull up loop (4 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 3 loops

US Instructions:

Ch 5, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: *ch3, sc* 6 times

Round 2: sl st into first ch3 loop, sc ch3, *sc into next loop, ch3* five times, join with sl st into first sc.

Round 3: ch3, dc mini cluster in ch3 space, ch3, *sc in sc, ch3, dc mini cluster in ch3 space, ch3,* five times, join with sl st into first stitch.

Round 4: *3sc in chain 3, sc, 3ch, sc in top of dc cluster, 3sc in next ch 3* 6 times. Join with sl st into first sc. Bind off, weave in ends and block.


UK Instructions:

Ch 5, join with a sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: *ch3, dc* 6 times

Round 2: sl st into first ch3 loop, dc ch3, *dc into next loop, ch3* five times, join with sl st into first dc.

Round 3: ch3, tr mini cluster in ch3 space, ch3, *dc in dc, ch3, tr mini cluster in ch3 space, ch3,* five times, join with sl st into first stitch.

Round 4: *3dc in chain 3, dc, 3ch, dc in top of tr cluster, 3dc in next ch 3* 6 times. Join with sl st into first dc. Bind off, weave in ends and block.

Here are photos of each round:

photo instructions for crochet snowflake pattern - www.wishesintherain.net


US/UK: For a self loop snowflake: replace a ch5 in Round 4 with ch 20 or ch 25.

crochet snowflake christmas decoration with loop - www.wishesintherain.net

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Free Pattern: Snowflake Wishes 2

crochet snowflakes in a christmas tree - www.wishesintherain.net


Once I start making snowflakes, I really can't stop.  I made the larger snowflake of this pair several times, but then one time I got to the the third row and tried something different. So this pattern is two for the price of none, because it's free. I love the original version because it's pretty and lacy...

crochet snowflake tree ornament - www.wishesintherain.net
The original version is around 8.5cm (3.3in) from point to point when made with dk weight yarn (Sirdar Snuggly Pearls) and a 2.75mm (C) hook. It's around 10cm (4in) across with worsted (Lily Sugar'n Cream) and a 3.5mm (E) hook.

I love the second version because it's super fast to make but it's still cute and snowflake-y.

small free crochet snowflake ornament - www.wishesintherain.net
This version is 7cm (2.75in) from point to point when made with dk and a 2.75mm (C) hook, and 8cm (3.1in) across with worsted and a 3.5mm (E) hook.

As always I block all my snowflakes with a mixture of PVA glue, water and glitter to make them stiffer and sparkly. You can read my snowflake blocking instructions.

Pattern
You will need: 
  • Small amount of white yarn in any weight you like (I used worsted and dk; these patterns were designed with those weights in mind)
  • Crochet hook, from 2.5mm to 3.5mm (E) or 4mm (G) depending on the yarn you use and how tightly you want to crochet
  • Optional thread or ribbon to hang them to a tree - if you don't want to use thread you can make large loop in the snowflake, see below
  • needle for weaving in ends
  • optional materials for blocking: water, PVA glue and glitter, or spray starch.

Stitches used:
US: ch, sl st, sc, dc. Optional, chainless starting dc.
UK: ch, sl st, dc, tr. Optional, chainless starting treble (see link above for explanation in US terms).

US Instructions:
Ch6, join with sl st to form loop

Round 1: ch1, sc 12 times into loop, join with sl st to first sc.

Round 2: ch3 (or chainless starting dc), dc in same st, ch3, skip st, (2dcs in next st, ch 3, skip st) 5 times, join last ch3 into 3rd ch of first ch3/starting dc.

Round 3: ch1, sc in next dc, (2sc, ch5, 2sc) in ch3 space, *sc in next two dcs,  (2sc, ch5, 2sc) in ch3 space* five times, join with sl st in ch1 at start of round.

Round 4: *ch3, sc in next sc, ch2, skip 2 scs, (sc, 3ch, sc, ch5, sc, 3ch, sc) in ch 5 space, ch2, skip 2 scs, sc in sc* five times,  *ch3, sc in next sc, ch2, skip 2 scs, (sc, 3ch, sc, ch5, sc, 3ch, sc) in ch5 space, ch2, sl st into sl st on previous round. Bind off, weave in ends, block.

For the simpler, slightly smaller variation:
Alternate Round 3: ch1, sc in next dc, (sc, ch3, sc, ch5, sc, ch3, sc) in ch space, *sc in next two dcs, sc, ch3, sc, ch5, sc, ch3, sc) in ch space, join with sl st in ch1. Bind off, weave in ends, block.                         


UK Instructions:

Ch6, join with sl st to form loop

Round 1: ch1, dc 12 times into loop, join with sl st to first dc.

Round 2: ch3 (or chainless starting tr), tr in same st, ch3, skip st, (2trs in next st, ch 3, skip st) 5 times, join last ch3 into 3rd ch of first ch3/starting tr.

Round 3: ch1, dc in next tr, (2dc, ch5, 2dc) in ch3 space, *dc in next two trs,  (2dc, ch5, 2dc) in ch3 space* five times, join with sl st in ch1 at start of round.

Round 4: *ch3, dc in next dc, ch2, skip 2 dcs, (dc, 3ch, dc, ch5, dc, 3ch, dc) in ch 5 space, ch2, skip 2 dcs, dc in dc* five times,  *ch3, dc in next dc, ch2, skip 2 dcs, (dc, 3ch, dc, ch5, dc, 3ch, dc) in ch5 space, ch2, sl st into sl st on previous round. Bind off, weave in ends, block.

For the simpler, slightly smaller variation:
Alternate Round 3: ch1, dc in next tr, (dc, ch3, dc, ch5, dc, ch3, dc) in ch space, *dc in next two trs, dc, ch3, dc, ch5, dc, ch3, dc) in ch space, join with sl st in ch1. Bind off, weave in ends, block.      

Here are some photos of what your snowflake should look like after each round:
step by step instructions for two crochet snowflakes - www.wishesintherain.net



 US/UK: For a self loop snowflake: replace a ch5 (in Round 4 or Alternate Round 3) with ch 20 or ch 25.

crochet snowflake with loop in Christmas tree - www.wishesintherain.net


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Free Pattern: Snowflake Wishes 1

two crochet snowflakes hanging in a christmas tree - www.wishesintherain.net


No matter what the forecast is for the UK as a whole, Wishes in the Rain very rarely becomes Wishes in the Snow, even if it's snowing in the hills nearby. However, I have crochet, and crochet snowflakes are not as cold! They're also perfect to decorate your Christmas tree or to give away to friends. I first crocheted snowflakes to put in Christmas cards a couple of years ago, and very soon I found myself making up patterns for them. I love looking at thread snowflakes but I wanted things that would be quick to make, so if I had a few minutes here or there I could get one finished, so these patterns are simple, easy to make, and written with dk, worsted and aran weight yarn in mind.


You can make them with a wide range of hooks and yarn combinations. The snowflakes pictured above are dk with a 2.75mm (C) hook on the left and is about 9cm (3.5in) from point to point, and worsted with a 3.5mm (E) hook on the right, about 11cm (4.5in) from point to point.

pretty crochet snowflake - www.wishesintherain.net


Any type of yarn will work for snowflakes; personally I like yarns that come with some sparkle for example Sirdar Snuggly Pearls. Depending on your yarn and hook size combination you may need to block the snowflakes. I always block them, even if they do come out flat, with a mixture of water and PVA glue to stiffen them, and to add glitter.

Pattern
You will need: 
  • Small amount of white yarn in any weight you like (I used worsted and dk)
  • Crochet hook, from 2.5mm to 3.5mm (E) or 4mm (G) depending on the yarn you use and how tightly you want to crochet
  • Optional thread or ribbon to hang them to a tree - if you don't want to use thread you can make large loop in the snowflake, see below
  • needle for weaving in ends
  • optional materials for blocking: water, PVA glue and glitter, or spray starch

Stitches used:
US: ch, sl st, sc, dc. Optional, chainless starting dc.
UK: ch, sl st, dc, tr. Optional, chainless starting treble (see link above for explanation in US terms).

US Instructions:

Ch5, join with sl st to form loop

Round 1: ch3 (or make chainless starting dc), dc 11 times into loop, sl st into 3rd ch of ch3/starting dc to join.

Round 2: ch5, sc in next st, ch3, *sc into next st, ch5, sc in next st, ch3* five times, sl st into first st to join.

Round 3: sl st into first ch5 loop, ch3 (or make chainless starting dc), dc4, ch3, skip ch3 loop, *dc5 in next loop, ch3, skip ch3 loop,* 5 times, sl st into 3rd ch of ch3/starting dc to join.

Round 4: Ch1, (sc, ch3, sc,) in next st, (sc, ch5, sc,) in next st,  (sc, ch3, sc,) in next st, sc, ch3, *sc in next st (skip ch3 from prev round), (sc, ch3, sc) in next st, (sc, ch5, sc) in next st,  (sc, ch3, sc) in next st, sc, ch3,* five times, join with sl st to ch1 at start of round. Bind off, weave in ends.



UK Instructions:

Ch5, join with sl st to form loop

Round 1: ch3 (or make chainless starting tr), tr 11 times into loop, sl st into 3rd ch of ch3/starting tr to join.

Round 2: ch5, dc in next st, ch3, *dc into next st, ch5, dc in next st, ch3* five times, sl st into first st to join.

Round 3: sl st into first ch5 loop, ch3 (or make chainless starting tr), tr4, ch3, skip ch3 loop, *tr5 in next loop, ch3, skip ch3 loop,* 5 times, sl st into 3rd ch of ch3/starting tr to join.

Round 4: Ch1, (dc, ch3, dc,) in next st, (dc, ch5, dc,) in next st,  (dc, ch3, dc,) in next st, dc, ch3, *dc in next st (skip ch3 from prev round), (dc, ch3, dc) in next st, (dc, ch5, dc) in next st,  (dc, ch3, dc) in next st, dc, ch3,* five times, join with sl st to ch1 at start of round. Bind off, weave in ends.

Here are some photos of what your snowflake should look like after each round. For this one I've used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a 3.5mm hook.


step by step free crochet snowflake instructions - www.wishesintherain.net



US/UK: Round 4 alternative (for self-loop snowflake): Replace one ch5 with ch20 or ch25 to make a large loop. Make rest of round as normal.

crochet snowflake with loop - www.wishesintherain.net


Blocking
Blocking with PVA and glitter is messy but to my mind, worth it. Here's a picture of the steps I go through, followed by an explanation. Of course, you can leave your snowflakes unblocked or block them with spray starch instead.

step by step instructions for blocking snowflakes with pva glue and glitter - www.wishesintherain.net


1. I make sure I've sewn in all the ends etc before blocking snowflakes, and sort out ones that are self-looping to one side so I don't accidentally get the loops glue-y. I also prepare my workspace with some cling film so as not to glue glitter to surfaces in my living room, and I put cling film over a tray to hold the snowflakes while they dry. It may also be wise to have some kitchen roll to hand to mop up any spills.

2. I use Mod Podge but you can use any PVA glue. The glitter I have was sold as flower glitter in Hobbycraft a few years ago. I like it because the flakes are a little larger than most glitters. I think this technique works much better with iridescent glitter than metallic glitter, because when it's not catching the light metallic glitter looks like little black spots on the snowflakes, but iridescent glitter is harder to see.

3. I use those plastic boxes you get takeaway food in to mix my glue and water, but you can use anything you don't mind cleaning that is big enough to fit your largest snowflake in comfortably. I can't give exact amounts of how much glue and water to use, but it's around 50-50.

4: With glitter, more is more. I start off with a generous amount but keep finding myself adding more.

5. Mix the glue and water well. The resulting liquid will be very runny, not unlike cream.

6. Dunk a snowflake in the mix, and squish it with a spoon to make sure the mix soaks through.

7. Squeeze out the excess mix. I do this in my hands and don't wear gloves, so this is the messy part for me. Be aggressive - you don't want any bubbles of mixture forming in the holes in the snowflake.

8. Pull the snowflake back into shape, and lay out on the cling film to dry. You could pin it out if like and have a surface that you don't mind getting a bit gluey- maybe old foam?

I got about 14 snowflakes of different sizes done in that one box of mix pictured above. If you're running low, add a bit more water, glue, and glitter. Leave for at least a couple of days and then carefully peel the snowflakes off the cling film. Most of them don't stick but the occasional one may.

If you have made self-loop snowflakes, follow the same procedure but make sure not to get the loop wet or it will harden and be more difficult to use. For these, it's better to squeeze them flat in a folded piece of kitchen roll before reshaping and putting out to dry.

I used silver ribbon, and crochet thread to make loops to hang the snowflakes. The brands I used were Anchor Artiste Metallic thread in silver and Twilleys of Stamford Goldfingering in white. Where the holes in the snowflakes were smaller I used a needle to get the thread through. Burlap/hessian string might look nice, or twine. I have tried silver elastic but found it wasn't cost effective when purchased by the metre from the local haberdashery.

Enjoy your snowflakes, and look out for more patterns coming soon ♥