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Crochet Snowflake Patterns (And How to Block Them)

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I love homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations. They always bring back fond memories of the people I love and the good times we've had.

Homemade Snowflake Ornament

Homemade Snowflake Ornament

Free Crochet Snowflake Designs and How to Block Them

I love homemade Christmas ornaments and decorations. As a child, I spent countless hours with my grandma and aunts learning the fine arts of needlework and sewing. Looking at all my various crocheted snowflakes and ornaments now brings back so many fond memories.

We often hang these ornaments on our tree or dangle them from garlands. But we also hang them in windows, on mirrors, in doorways, and virtually any place we think will be a fun place to display them. Each holiday season, we have hundreds of these charming ornaments hung throughout the house.

As winter has arrived again, I decided to create a resource page with free patterns and help. Crocheting, much like so many of the needle arts, is disappearing, and creating and gifting these delightful ornaments means that you are giving the gift of a future treasured heirloom.

Additionally, I have included a section detailing the steps for blocking your finished ornaments. The wonderful thing about this is that you can create many variations of the snowflake shape simply by changing how you block out the design. So even if you only create one or two designs, you can create a plethora of unique shapes simply by recreating the design while stretching and blocking.

In this article, you'll find:

  • Patterns
  • Links to free patterns
  • Ways to enhance your finished ornament
  • Tips for blocking your finished snowflakes
Crochet Snowflakes (Photo by the Author)

Crochet Snowflakes (Photo by the Author)

Christmas Tree Showcasing Crocheted Snowflakes

Christmas Tree Showcasing Crocheted Snowflakes

Necessary Materials

Using a slightly thicker crochet yarn and needle is best for beginners, while more experienced crocheters can use smaller ones.

For Beginners

  • Size 10 crochet cotton
  • Use size 5 to 8 hooks

For More Advanced

  • Size 20 or 30 cotton threads
  • Use size 13 or 14 crochet hooks.

Your snowflake will be out of shape and floppy. You must block it and starch/glue it to make it take and hold its shape.

Items Needed to Block Your Finished Ornament Are:

  • cardboard
  • pins
  • wax paper
  • spray starch or white glue

More Info About the Supplies

  • Spray Starch or Glue: If you choose to use spray starch, use a heavy type for maximum stiffness. You can also use a watered-down white glue, a very light coating of undiluted white glue, or a spray glue. I've not tried any kind of spray glues with this project because my experience has been that they have always remained just a little tacky. But perhaps I used the wrong type. I would think a finishing glue like one with glitter is designed to dry completely.
  • Pushpins or Straight Pins: You want pushpins that are easy to grasp and use—not to mention ones that are easy to find when they fall on the floor. However, if you're using anything other than starch, straight pins are best for blocking your snowflake. Also, straight pins allow for more pins in a smaller space, which is good for very complex crochet snowflake designs.
  • Wax Paper: The only function of the wax paper when it comes to blocking your project is to keep the snowflake from sticking to your blocking board. Virtually any kind will do.

Abbreviations

You'll find these abbreviations in the pattern instructions. These abbreviations are really common in the crocheting world; you'll likely have them memorized by the time you're done!

  • sc = single crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • ch = chain
  • rnd = round
  • tr = triple treble crochet
  • p = picot
6-point crochet snowflakes photo by Mona Majorowicz

6-point crochet snowflakes photo by Mona Majorowicz

6-Point Crochet Snowflake Pattern

Difficulty: moderately easy

  • Ch 8 for ring
  • Rnd 1: ch3, 2 dc in ring; ch 10, 2 dc in ring; ch10 (6 - ch 10 loops)
  • Rnd 2: sl st to middle dc of 3 dc group, ch 8; tr in loop (ch 6, sl st in top of tr for a picot) ch8, sc in middle dc of next dc group
crachet snowflakes

crachet snowflakes

A 6-Point Pattern Variant

  • Ch 3 for ring
  • Rnd 1 ch6, dc in ring, ch 3, dc in ring (make 6 spaces)
  • Rnd 2 At dc make 2 ps (ch 3 for p), ch 14 for long point: ch5 for p:ch 14: 2 ps in top of dc.
Crochet Snowflakes by Mona Majorowicz

Crochet Snowflakes by Mona Majorowicz

8-Point Crochet Snowflake Pattern (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

8-Point Crochet Snowflake Pattern (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

8-Point Snowflake Crochet Pattern

  • Rnd 1 ch 5 for ring
  • In ring, make 8 groups of 2 dc with ch 3 between groups.
  • Rnd 2 Make clusters of 4 trs in ch3 spaces below, ch 6, p of ch 3, ch1, p, ch1, p (picots are ch3) ch 6, make a 4tr cluster in the next ch 3 spaces - around.

Blocking Your Crochet Ornament

Your snowflake will be out of shape and floppy. You must block it and starch it to make it take and hold its shape.

Items Needed to Block Your Finished Ornaments Are:

  • cardboard
  • pushpins or straight pins
  • wax paper
  • spray starch or white glue

The process of blocking your ornaments is really quite easy.

How to Block Your Finished Ornament

  1. Cut a cardboard square about 3 times the size of your ornament
  2. Cut a piece of wax paper to go over your cardboard square. This helps prevent the snowflake from sticking to the cardboard when starching.
  3. Draw concentric circles or squares.onto the cardboard
  4. Center your ornament.
  5. Begin pulling, pinning the ornament using the squares or circle drawing to keep your ornament balanced.
  6. When complete, spray with starch or brush on watered-down white glue.

See below for more detail!

Grid for blocking Your Crochet Snowflake Ornament (photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Grid for blocking Your Crochet Snowflake Ornament (photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Step One: Create a Grid for Blocking Your Ornament

  1. Cut a piece of cardboard or foam-core board approximately three times the size of your ornament. In this instance, my square is 8 1/4 inches in square.
  2. Cover cardboard or foam-board square with wax paper. This prevents your ornament from getting starched or glued onto your blocking board.
  3. Draw a concentric square to form a grid. I generally mark them at every half inch. The outermost line is at 2 inches. Then a square is drawn at 2 1/2 inches, 3 inches, 3 1/2 inches, and finally 4. You can set them up at more intervals or less. Be sure to use a non-bleed instrument for marking out the grid (like a Sharpie). You want to make sure that when you wet your ornament with starch or glue that no color gets lifted up from the marker or pen that you used.
  4. Accuracy isn't incredibly important here. You simply need a balanced shape so you can get your ornament evenly stretched and blocked.

Note: Your blocking square can be reused multiple times.

Blocking Crochet Snowflake Ornament (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Blocking Crochet Snowflake Ornament (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Step Two: Pinning and Creating a Shape

  1. Start by pinning the center of the ornament in the center of the grid. You can use either straight pins or push pins, whichever is easier for you work with. The pattern you chose will determine whether you'll use one or multiple pins to secure the center.
  2. Pull one point taught, and pin it. I usually start with a point that will line up nicely with a squaring line. In this case, I did the top point, followed by the bottom point, and then the sides. This provides a well distributed tension along the ornament.
  3. Begin to open up the design and pin to the desired look and shape. The final shape will depend on how you pin it here.
  4. Using starch or glue, apply a stiffening agent to the finished ornament. Watered-down glue or starch will stiffen up your star. By don't over apply the glue, as it will pool and make for a lumpy looking thread.
  5. Wait until dry, and then remove pens.
Blocking Crochet Snowflake Ornament (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Blocking Crochet Snowflake Ornament (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

How to Create Different Snowflake Designs From One Pattern

You can create very different looks using the same pattern by simply adjusting how you pin it for blocking. This is a great way to add diversity while using only a couple of patterns.

See the illustration on the left: You can see with this photo that, depending on how I pin the ornament, I will create two very different looking designs. With further placement using more pins, I have actually created as many as four unique ornament looks from this one pattern.

Crochet Snowflakes (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Crochet Snowflakes (Photo by Mona Majorowicz)

Crochet Snowflakes and Angels

Crochet Snowflakes and Angels

Ideas for Making Your Ornaments Unique

  • Use colored threads, like light blue, silver, red, or green.
  • Use a little food coloring to dye your threads.
  • Add glitter for a little extra sparkle.

After you have spray starched or freshly glued your ornaments (important to do while it is still wet), sprinkle on just a little glitter.

I use a cookie tray or small tub. The extra-fine glitter is perfect for the delicate threads. Be sure to do this where cleanup is easiest, as glitter tends to get rather messy.

Not Just for Christmas Trees

You can use these delightful creations for many things other than decorating your Christmas tree. You might also use them to:

  • String on a garland for a festive feel.
  • Hang in windows or on mirrors.
  • Make unique gift tags.
  • Create lovely stocking stuffers.
  • Insert into Christmas cards.

© 2010 Mona

Are You Planning on Crocheting Some Snowflakes This Year? - Feel Free To Sign My Guestbook

nonya222 on October 18, 2013:

I love how diversified crocheting is, from snowflakes to wash clothes this is an essential craft. Your lens is wonderful.

earthybirthymum from Ontario, Canada on January 01, 2013:

I've been crocheting snowflakes when baby is sleeping in my arms. I didn't get enough finished for the holidays this year, but hopefully I'll have a nice stash for next Christmas. Great Lense! So many patterns to choose from.

chattersharon on December 11, 2012:

Some gorgeous ideas here! Once I finish my holiday crafting I will have to come back to get started on next years! :)

mouse1996 lm on December 06, 2012:

These would make great decorations for the tree. Very creative ideas.

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

Nice patterns with helpful tips on finishing touches.

Riesling on October 25, 2012:

Lovely idea and great work :-)

Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on October 03, 2012:

Returning to bless a wonderful page. Hoping to find some time to crochet - eventually...

laptop on October 02, 2012:

Wow! You displayed the different looks of snowflakes that can be crocheted. They are quite pretty. I "liked" your lens.

Expat Mamasita from Thailand on August 18, 2012:

I love to crochet, so will definitely try some of these out :-)

ninakreativa on July 29, 2012:

These crochet snowflakes are really beautiful. It's amazing what all can be done with only yarn. Wonderful lens!

Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on July 10, 2012:

These are great! Thanks for sharing the patterns. I haven't crocheted in years, but I used to really enjoy creating snowflakes like the ones you have here. They are a great way to start understanding how to do more complicated crochet projects.

LOVE!! (instead of just a plain ole LIKE!)

vividviolet on February 17, 2012:

wow!

anonymous on February 17, 2012:

Thank you for the patterns.

awesomedealz4u on February 09, 2012:

Love these! My mommy used to make them!

Bob Zau on January 24, 2012:

Aren't these special- They would make great ornaments.

Linda Pogue from Missouri on January 22, 2012:

These look like a great gift idea! Thank you for the patterns. Blessings.

Katie Harp on January 21, 2012:

blessed by a squid angel :) <3

blessedmomto7 on January 21, 2012:

Great resource, thanks! Blessed.

Dimplefree on January 21, 2012:

I'm more into macramé, but I might give this a go.

parwatisingari lm on January 20, 2012:

wow that sounds really complicated.

writerkath on January 19, 2012:

Just lovely! Very delicate looking.

curious0927 on January 19, 2012:

I have some Angel crochet ornaments. These are some of the neatest ideas I've seen . My daughter and I have been crocheting queens for a few weeks and I cannot wait to show her this! I love all you ideas, especially the gift tag! Thanks for a superb "how to" plus where to get everything we need. I'm starting this week! I will shop here when Ready. Blessed by an Angel!

Leah J. Hileman from East Berlin, PA, USA on January 18, 2012:

I bought all the gear last year then got caught up in another yarncraft project for my church. THIS YEAR (2012) I'm definitely going to create some. My mom made a set of 6 for my tree 2 years ago, and I'd like to make another 6 for myself and some to give away to friends.

eblack88 lm on January 18, 2012:

I'm not sure I'm brave enough - but I love the way they look on the tree! Nice lens!

hirephp lm on January 18, 2012:

nice lens keep it up

alexpatel1 on January 17, 2012:

Thanks for taking this opportunity to discuss this. I feel fervently about this and I like learning about this subject. If possible, as you gain information, please update this blog with more information. I have found it really useful.

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alexpatel1 on January 17, 2012:

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anonymous on January 17, 2012:

Nice lens.

AlleyCatLane on January 16, 2012:

I don't have the patience or talent to crochet. My mother-in-law made us a set of snowflakes like these decades ago. I still hang them on the Christmas tree and have shared some with my daughters.

sheezie77 on January 16, 2012:

Interesting reading! great work thumbs up

shoefiend on January 15, 2012:

great lens i loved it

Ilona E from Ohio on January 15, 2012:

I love crocheted snowflakes!

baby-strollers on January 15, 2012:

I thinks it's time to make some snowflakes. Cool lens.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 15, 2012:

These tips are really valuable.

Edutopia on January 15, 2012:

My girlfriend crochets with the best of them and has been looking for something new to tackle. Great lens!

oxfordian on January 15, 2012:

I love crocheted snowflakes, but I bought the ones I have, although they were handmade. You have given me some great ideas and now I want to start making my own to decorate around the house as well as the tree. Here's an angel blessing for you.

antoniow on January 14, 2012:

What a great lens!

miaponzo on January 08, 2012:

Wow! Those are beautiful!!! Blessed!

bharat01 on January 07, 2012:

These are the great Patterns and I love your lens too, you did Fantastic job by creating this lens, thumbs up........:)

bjslapidary on January 01, 2012:

Probably not, but this lens brings back many memories. My Mother crocheted many of these. They were beautiful. I like that you showed how they need to be blocked and how to do it.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on December 30, 2011:

Fantastic-Just the project I was looking for! thanks

Apalmer001 LM on December 27, 2011:

I think you just became my favorite squidoo person! I love to crochet and I love your lens.

Apalmer001 LM on December 27, 2011:

I've been wanting to crochet snowflakes, so I have time to do that now that the holidays are over. :) Thanks for sharing!

caketech on December 25, 2011:

I love to crochet snowflakes! Thanks for all the patterns!

Craftybegonia on December 22, 2011:

Very nice lens and pretty snowflakes.

flicker lm on December 19, 2011:

These are really beautiful! Nice lens, too. I like the way you incorporate the products in the lens. It's helpful to the reader, rather than coming across as trying to push products.

kathysart on December 19, 2011:

Soo pretty! I need to find my crochet hook again i can see. THUMBS UP & A SQUID ANGEL BLESSING

WriterJanis2 on December 19, 2011:

Such beautiful designs.

oxfordian on December 10, 2011:

I never have before, but I think I will try it this year. I really love them. I have a lot of them for my tree, but I bought them over the years. I was thinking that this year I will make mobiles of them and hang them from the ceiling. Thank you for these great patterns!

CrafterBerly on December 09, 2011:

My mom crochets beautiful snowflakes and adds a tiny cross stitched name to the center to make heirloom ornaments. She doesn't mind making them but says she hates the starching part. ;) I crochet but haven't yet attempted a snowflake. Thanks for sharing all these patterns!

Ann Hinds from So Cal on December 05, 2011:

Working on regaining my crocheting skills so I can make these for next year. These are quite beautiful and this lens, very helpful. Angel blessed.

Jackie Block from SE Michigan on December 04, 2011:

I am a knitter, but plan on learning to crochet. These are great inspiration to learn. Beautiful!

anonymous on December 03, 2011:

beautiful.

TransplantedSoul on December 03, 2011:

Nope... Not something I'd have the patience to make. I prefer to buy the handiwork of others when it comes to crochet

EpicFarms on December 03, 2011:

Already have - I love 'em! :o) They make wonderful gift toppers tucked in a bow; they are also a nice little something to give inside a Christmas card. Nice lens!

Treasures By Brenda from Canada on December 02, 2011:

Nicely done; we have some of these crocheted snowflakes but I cannot crochet.

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on December 02, 2011:

I used to make crochet snowflakes to sell and to decorate, as well as give away as gifts, but it's been years. I hope to do a couple at least this year! Thanks for a great lens!

victorianpassage on December 01, 2011:

One day I plan on learning to crochet hehe. But these are neat.

flycatcherrr on November 29, 2011:

My mother-in-law used to crochet snowflakes - brings back a lot of good memories, thanks!

agent009 on November 28, 2011:

I don't crochet but I'm sure these items take a lot of skill to make.

PatriciaJoy from Michigan on November 27, 2011:

Thank you so much for this collection of patterns. I'll always be grateful to my grandmother for teaching me how to crochet these delicate ornaments. They bring back happy memories of her.

Gayle Dowell from Kansas on November 26, 2011:

Wonderful lens. Great patterns. Squid angel blessed. Merry Christmas!

carolbrusegar on November 26, 2011:

Very complete and helpful lens! I hope to try some snowflakes now that I have such complete directions!

anonymous on November 26, 2011:

very pretty designs, enjoyed my visit to your lens today, thank you.

Coreena Jolene on November 25, 2011:

Great lens. My mother made me snowflakes, angels and bells several years ago. She has glaucoma now and cannot crochet any more, so they are very precious ornaments on my tree.

WorldVisionary3 on November 25, 2011:

These are so beautiful! Maybe this will be the year I finally learn to crochet!

seosmm on November 25, 2011:

Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

Badgermedicinespirit on November 25, 2011:

I had never imagined it possible, I love crocheting and so I will try my hand at it this coming Christmas, thanks for the tips!

anonymous on November 24, 2011:

Nice to see this lens on the front page today :)

lasertek lm on November 23, 2011:

I already have plans this year. Next year maybe. Thanks for sharing.

BuddyBink on November 22, 2011:

My grandmother taught me to Crochet but I have not done it is years. These are beautiful. I think I may have to relearn the craft. Thank you.

lbuben on November 22, 2011:

Those make me want to crochet again!

KarenCookieJar on November 21, 2011:

I have to make some of these, love them!

AliciaMae on November 21, 2011:

This is just the info I've been looking for :)

Lenskeeper on November 21, 2011:

These are great. Before my grandmother died, I asked her to crochet some snowflakes for me. These have become precious to me as both very lovely ornaments and a remembrance of my grandmother and the love that she put into each one.

I have decorated my tree with these, some blue glass balls and pinecones before, and it looked great!

Thank you for this lens!

Jeri Baker on November 21, 2011:

Very pretty

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on November 17, 2011:

Yes, and this will be my first year making crochet snowflakes. First real attempt at this type of crochet and I'm very excited. Thank you for such a great lens with wonderful resources. The blocking tips are exceptional!

Denise M Alvarado from Southwest on November 16, 2011:

Love crochet and you have done a great job with the snowflakes how-tos. Blessed by a squidangel:)

Silwen LM on November 07, 2011:

Great snowflakes. Thank you for sharing. Getting ready my hook for Christmas season.

anonymous on November 02, 2011:

Wow! They look so beautiful. :)

mumsgather on November 02, 2011:

These are so beautiful! I've never thought of croceted snowflakes before this.

anonymous on October 28, 2011:

I love these! I crochet but have never tried snowflake ornaments, but I will now :).

LadyCharlie on October 25, 2011:

Love handmade ornaments and always loved the crocheted ones! Great lens!

wolfie10 on October 25, 2011:

awesome lens.

anonymous on October 21, 2011:

I have some a friend made for me, beautiful... Blessed

iWriteaLot on October 17, 2011:

Wow! Talk about a stroll down memory lane. Years ago when I was first married and we didn't have enough money for Christmas tree decorations I bought a ball of thread and crocheted a bunch of snowflakes. I had totally forgotten about that. Thanks for the memories....and the patterns.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on October 17, 2011:

I have had my crocheted snowflake tree ornaments for several years now and still love them as much as I did when I first started decorating my Christmas tree with them. Thanks for sharing these snowflake patterns and instructions. Appreciated!

HeartBroken62 on October 08, 2011:

I have been crocheting for years and occasionally do these types of snowflakes and angels. My Grandmother was the one who started me on them as she used to make them all year to sell at an Art Fair just before Christmas. She used the money to donate to The Baptist Childrens' Fund for their orphanages. Love this lens and will be back to try some of the patterns when times permits. I often make some to go with the goodies I share with friend and family at Christmas.

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 06, 2011:

I don't crochet but my mom made some of these pretty snowflakes. I like the way you blocked them to hold their shape.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on May 09, 2011:

so cute. i'm featuring these on my homemade ornaments page

devilsworkshopc on January 21, 2011:

These are beautiful!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 18, 2011:

I don't crochet, but I have some like this on my Christmas tree. They are lovely.

darciefrench lm on December 27, 2010:

These are sweet crochet snowflake patterns! Thanks so much for sharing.

Bambi Watson on December 22, 2010:

I love making these! :)

~ Blessed by a Squid Angel >*

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on December 19, 2010:

Wonderful crocheted snow flake oraments.Such delicate work which requires much patients.I love to knit and crochet when I have time so I will keep these patterns in mind.

poutine on December 19, 2010:

Cute ornaments made by crocheting.

julieannbrady on December 12, 2010:

OK, now YOU have seriously done it! YOU have identified my wish for a Christmas stocking stuffer!!! Merry Christmas my dear.

Tarra99 on December 11, 2010:

they're cool! wish I could do that!

anonymous on December 09, 2010:

The snowflake patterns are very artistic and beautiful. Must be requiring lot of patience.

Judy Goldsberry on December 07, 2010:

This is great, thanks!