Dainty Crocheted Snowflake
This "dainty" style is one of four crocheted snowflake patterns. Once you know how to make the basic shape, you can crochet a flurry in all shapes and sizes.
Photography: Annie Schlechter
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2002
This pattern is one of four varieties of crocheted snowflakes, which uses the single-crochet stitch in four rounds and calls for counting stitches. And if you're a beginner, learn how to crochet before you start.
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.
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.
Size 10 crochet cotton
Ch 8; join with sl st to form the foundation ring.
Rnd 1: ch 2 (counts as first sc), 17 sc into ring, join with sl st (18 total).
Rnd 2: ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 2, *sc in each of next 3 sc, ch 2.* Repeat * to * 4 times more; join with sl st.
Rnd 3: ch 2, turn over and work in the opposite direction, 2 sc into hole (made by 2 ch's on last rnd).
Ch 3, *3 sc into next hole, ch 3.* Repeat * to * 4 times more; join with sl st.
Rnd 4: ch 2 (counts as first sc), sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 6, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 2.
*Sc in each of next 3 sc.
Ch 6, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 2.* Repeat * to * 4 times more; join with sl st.
Rnd 5: *sl st in next sc, ch 6, sl st in 7th stitch from hook (same loop as before).
sl st in next sc, ch 16, sl st in 8th ch from hook, **ch 8, sl st in 8th ch from hook. ** Repeat ** to ** 2 times more.
Ch 6, sl st in first sc of next group of 3 sc.
Repeat * to * 5 times more; join with sl st. Finish off; weave in ends.