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How to Block Crochet Snowflakes

Updated on November 23, 2016
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Free Crochet Snowflake Designs and a How-To for Creatively Blocking 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 that will a fun place to display them. We have hundreds of these charming ornaments hung throughout the house

As winter has arrived again, I decided to create a resource page where all sorts of sites offering 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 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

Materials

Christmas Tree Showcasing Crocheted Snowflakes
Christmas Tree Showcasing Crocheted Snowflakes

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

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 it's 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.
  • Push Pins or Straight Pins: You want push pins that are easy to grasp and useā€”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

Patterns

6 point crochet snowflakes photo by Mona Majorowicz
6 point crochet snowflakes photo by Mona Majorowicz

6 Point Crochet Snowflake Pattern

Difficulty: moderately easy

Six Point Snow Flake - 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

Six Point Snowflake 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 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 Snowflake

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
  • push pins or straight pins
  • wax paper
  • spray starch or white glue

The process of blocking your ornaments is really quite easy.

Blocking 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.

Blockign Crochet Snowflake Ornament - Photo by Mona Majorowicz
Blockign 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 - phot by Mona Majorowicz
Blocking Crochet Snowflake Ornament - phot by Mona Majorowicz

How to Create Different Looking 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
crachet snowflakes and angels
crachet 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 the 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 garland for a festive feel
  • Hang in windows or on mirrors
  • Make unique gift tags
  • Create lovely stocking stuffers
  • Insert into Christmas cards

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      nonya222 4 years ago

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

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      earthybirthymum 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      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.

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      chattersharon 4 years ago

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

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      mouse1996 lm 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice patterns with helpful tips on finishing touches.

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      Riesling 4 years ago

      Lovely idea and great work :-)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

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      laptop 5 years ago

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

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

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

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      ninakreativa 5 years ago

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

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      Maria Burgess 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      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.

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      wow!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for the patterns.

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      awesomedealz4u 5 years ago

      Love these! My mommy used to make them!

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      Bob Zau 5 years ago

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

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

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

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Great resource, thanks! Blessed.

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      Dimplefree 5 years ago

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

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      parwatisingari lm 5 years ago

      wow that sounds really complicated.

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Just lovely! Very delicate looking.

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      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!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      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.

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      eblack88 lm 5 years ago

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

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      hirephp lm 5 years ago

      nice lens keep it up

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      alexpatel1 5 years ago

      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 5 years ago

      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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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      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.

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Interesting reading! great work thumbs up

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      shoefiend 5 years ago

      great lens i loved it

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      I love crocheted snowflakes!

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      baby-strollers 5 years ago

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

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These tips are really valuable.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

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

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      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.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      What a great lens!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Wow! Those are beautiful!!! Blessed!

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      bharat01 5 years ago

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

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      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.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Fantastic-Just the project I was looking for! thanks

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      Apalmer001 LM 5 years ago

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

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      Apalmer001 LM 5 years ago

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

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      caketech 5 years ago

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

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      Craftybegonia 5 years ago

      Very nice lens and pretty snowflakes.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      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.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

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

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Such beautiful designs.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      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!

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      CrafterBerly 5 years ago

      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!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      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.

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      beautiful.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

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

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      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!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

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

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      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!

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      victorianpassage 5 years ago

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

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

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

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      agent009 5 years ago

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

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      PatriciaJoy 5 years ago from Michigan

      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.

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

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

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      carolbrusegar 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      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.

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      WorldVisionary3 5 years ago

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

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      Badgermedicinespirit 5 years ago

      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!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

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

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      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.

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      lbuben 5 years ago

      Those make me want to crochet again!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      I have to make some of these, love them!

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      AliciaMae 5 years ago

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

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      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!

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      Jeri Baker 5 years ago

      Very pretty

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      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!

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      Denise M Alvarado 5 years ago from Southwest

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

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      Silwen LM 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow! They look so beautiful. :)

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

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

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      wolfie10 5 years ago

      awesome lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      iWriteaLot 6 years ago

      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.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      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!

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      HeartBroken62 6 years ago

      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.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

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

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

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

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      These are beautiful!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

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

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      I love making these! :)

      ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel >*

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      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.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Cute ornaments made by crocheting.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

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

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      they're cool! wish I could do that!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

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

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      This is great, thanks!