Looking for an easy and cute embellishment for your gifts? Or an inexpensive downloadable label for your hand made gifts? This pattern is for a snowflake to give on its own or tie onto your packages. The labels can be found on Etsy at HardKnotLifeCrochet, an inexpensive and a reusable quick win!
The Crochet Snowflake Pattern
Start: 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.
You could also try a slightly smaller variation by using this Alternate Round 3:
Alt 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.
If you like, you might try this snowflake stiffening option:
To finish this as an ornament to hang on a tree or a package without being “floppy,” I used Mod Podge (basically a watered down glue with starchy qualities when dry). I laid out several of these snowflakes on a sheet of parchment paper. I suspect one could use wax paper or plastic wrap or the like – basically select something that 1) protects the surface from glue and 2) is fairly non-stick after the snowflakes dry – something like newspaper would likely stick to your ornaments and would be difficult to remove.
Pour the Mod Podge in a shallow bowl, deep enough to hold about 1/2″ of Mod Podge. I thinned it out by adding a 1 to 1 ratio of Mod Podge and water, mixed it together in a 2-quart plastic container, then dipped the snowflakes in the mixture until they were completely saturated. Then I squeezed the excess glue mix out of the snowflake, smoothed out the snowflakes on the parchment paper, and ensured they each looked nice including tending to the hanging loop to ensure it would dry in good shape to use as a hanger. Leave them to dry overnight, mine took about 15 hours to completely dry to the point where laying them was not going to un-shape them.