November 5, 2014

Snowflakes in June (free crochet pattern)

It’s snowing … crochet snowflakes that is! Hello – did you know it’s November already?  sigh   I’m not sure how that happened.

Note: this post used to be on A Simple Homestead, but it has been moved here and updated to include the pattern directly in the post!

Back in January I set some specific goals for myself.  One of them was to “design and publish 6+ patterns this year”. According to my records I’ve done a great job in designing – 12 rough drafts and two more I need to finish writing/knitting.  How many of those have been published?  Zero.  Zip.  Nada.  I also have 14 others that I’ve done in in the last 5 years that are also only rough instructions that need to be reviewed, tested, and/or tech edited before publication.  As of today, I’m going to make a push to get them finished and available because they’re not doing anyone any good just sitting in my Unfinished pile!

I am a huge fan of the designer Deborah Atkinson – aka “Snowcatcher“.  She releases a new snowflake every Monday on her website.  I don’t know how she comes up with so many wonderful ideas but she was the inspiration for me to try and make my own snowflake pattern.   It’s called “Snowflakes in June” mainly because the last couple of years our winters have been never-ending.  I also designed it in June (2013).

crocheted snowflake

I know some people (MOM!) love to make crochet snowflakes for Christmas ornaments and package decorations so the timing of this release is good.

Snowflakes in June - crocheted

A PDF version of this pattern is available in the shop. The purchased version has US and UK terminology.

Please let me know if you make this crochet snowflake – I’d love to see pictures!


Recommended Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet cotton thread, size 10; 100% cotton; 350 yards (320 m) / 2.82 oz (80 g): 1 ball in White.

Gauge: gauge is not important for this design

Finished Measurements:  3.5” (9 cm) in diameter after blocking.

Materials needed:

  • US Size 7 / 1.65mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry / yarn needle
  • Blocking board and pins

Special stitches

Picot4 – ch4, slst into top of prev stitches (before ch)

Dc3cl – double crochet 3 cluster: yarn over once, insert hook and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw up through one loop (2 loops on hook); *yarn over once, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop on hook* (3 loops on hook); repeat from * once more; yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Tr3cl – treble 3 cluster: yarn over twice, insert hook and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw up through one loop] twice (2 loops on hook); *yarn over twice, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice; repeat from * once more; yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.

Directions for the crochet Snowflake

Foundation row: Ch12, join in the round.

Row 1: Ch3, 23 dc in circle; slst to join (24 sts)

Row 2: Ch1, sc1 in each dc; slst in first stitch (24 sts)

Row 3: Ch1, sc1 in first sc, *ch 8, skip 3, sc in 4th st; repeat from * to end.  End last set with slst into first sc.

Row 4: In each chain loop: sc 8; slst in first sc. (48 sts)

Row 5: Ch1, sc1, *ch12, sc1 in each next 8 sts; repeat from * to end; slst in first sc.  Note: the last section will only have sc1 in the next 7.

Row 6:

  • In each big loop: *sc1, hdc1, hdc1, dc1, dc1, tr1, tr3cl, picot4, tr1, dc1, dc1, hdc1, hdc1, sc2.
  • In-between sections: *sc1 in next st, sc1, dc4cl over next 4 sts, picot4, slst twice (down dc leg), sc2.

Repeat the two instructions above for each of the six sides.  Slst into last sc. Cut thread and weave in all yarn ends.  Wash and block to size.