I don’t think Houston will see any snow this year but snowflakes have always been a holiday decorating must for me.  My parents neighbor, Mrs. Otto, first showed me how to make a crochet snowflake when I was just a little girl.  Mrs. Otto is 97 years old now.  I wonder if she still pulls out the old fashioned quilt frame and quilts a quilt every winter when the weather turns cold.

When the weather here turned “cold” (and I say that with quote marks ’cause cold is about 40º) my thoughts turned to Mrs. Otto and snowflakes.  I searched the internet for a cute and easy snowflake pattern and found one with a great video tutorial.  It’s been a while since I did any sort of crochet.  If you follow along with me and this blog you know gauge is not my style.  But, I worked on it and I think they turned out cute.  I even found my crochet hooks from when I was a young girl sitting in Mrs. Otto’s basement learning how to make her snowflakes.

The pattern is from a YouTube channel called ExpressionFiberArts.com.  Click here for the pattern and follow along with me as I make it snow in Houston.

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Here are my supplies.  I didn’t have the suggested fingerling yarn so I used crochet thread.  I had the darning needle, crochet hook and the snippy scissors.  The pins and the starch/water were upstairs waiting to see how the project turns out.

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This was my first row of snowflake.  Her instructions on how to start with a “magic circle” were excellent and now I know the trick to making a small, joined “hole” in the center.  The first row is make the magic circle, double crochet and slip stitches.   You will have a total of 6 holes.  I just did the first row and the first stitches of the second row in the above photo.

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Here’s the second row done. The second row was as easy as the first.  It was some chain stitches and double crochets.  I got it and I think the gauge is good.  Shocking!

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Row 3 was chain stitches and slip stitches.  I didn’t think all they wanted me to do in the same hole was going to fit in the hole but it did.  I was glad.

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All done and good enough to bring up to the sewing room to be blocked.  I followed along with the directions on the video to use the basting needle to make the hanger.  Then, I stretched out the snowflake on my pin board and squirted it with Best Press.  Best Press is a starch alternative in many different scents – and scent free.  The video just suggested water to block but I had to be fancy.  I did use the hair dryer to hurry this process along.  It worked out fine.

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Viola!  Here’s the finished product.  I don’t have my tree up yet to use it as an ornament.  As you can clearly see it’s a pretty sunny, albeit cold day in Houston so no snow in sight.  But, at my house it’s snowing snowflakes.  Mrs. Otto would be happy that I remembered her.  I wonder if she thinks of me from time to time???

Enjoy this fun and easy project with a young girl or boy.  It’s a wonderful childhood memory for me.

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