Classic Crocheted Snowflake
This "classic" 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 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 ch's (of the 5 ch's of previous rnd) to the top of first loop.
*Ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch (top of loop of next loop over from Rnd 2).
* Repeat * to * 5 times; join with sl st; 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 ch's (working toward center), ch 10, sl st in 11th ch from hook (same loop as before), sl st in each of next 3 ch's (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 ch's of previous rnd, sl st in next stitch.
* Repeat * to * 5 times; join with sl st. Finish off; weave in ends.