It’s that time of the year again! December 1, also known as the first official day of Christmas season in our house. Here, on the blog, you may know it as the day I release the annual free crochet snowflake pattern. It’s hardly an exaggeration that 2020 has been very skimpy on treats and little luxuries. That’s why Crochet Snowflake 2020 comes to you as an instant collection of 3 differently sized snowflakes, all worked according to the same one-round crochet pattern. These snowflakes work up in mere minutes! Treat yourself to some Christmas magic – and then make some more to spread the joy ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️
- Aunt Lydia Fashion 3 crochet thread
- 2.25 mm crochet hook
Abbreviations and Stitches
- dc = double crochet stitch
- ch = chain (stitch)
- partial dc = yarn over, insert yarn into space specified, yarn over & pull yarn through the first two loops on the hook only
- BL = back loop of a stitch
- bump = the part of a chain stitch on the underside of the stitch; the third loop in addition to the front loop and the back loop of a chain stitch
- yo = yarn over
- picot = 5 chain stitches anchored by a slip stitch (see below for step by step directions)
Crochet Snowflake 2020 Crochet Pattern
Note 1: Instead of the first dc, chain 3.
Note 2: All sizes are worked the same, with the exception of the number of chains in each snowflake arm. The pattern lists the number of chains in each snowflake arm in this order: S [M, L].
Work into an adjustable loop: *3dc – ch 6 [8, 10] – partial dc into BL of 4th ch from hook, partial dc into BL and bump of the same st, yo and through all 3 loops on hook – picot – ch 4 – 2 partial dc into BL of 4th ch from hook, yo and through all 3 loops on the hook – ch 3 [5, 7] – sl st into last dc worked into adjustable loop* 6 times – break yarn, work invisible join into 2nd dc of the round, weave ends in and trim excess.
How to work a picot
There are multiple ways of creating picots in crochet. In order to make the picots in this pattern look as neat and as defined as possible, I like to anchor them by working a slip stitch around the chain to which the picot is attached.
Let me take you through that process step by step.
Chain 5 stitches.
To anchor the picot, bend the chain so that the stitch on the hook lies next to the fifth stitch from the hook. Pinch and hold the bent chain with left thumb and index finger. Guide the hook under the fifth chain from the hook and pull up a loop from behind this stitch. Pull this loop through the loop on the hook to complete the anchoring slip stitch. This slip stitch will have the ability to slide up and down the chain, allowing you to center and shape the picot to perfection.
Finishing: Shaping and Stiffening
The difference between the two sets below stems from the way the finished snowflakes were pinned and stiffened. I pinned the arms of the snowflakes on the left apart, creating a wider loop. In the version on the right, I stretched the snowflake arms taut before I pinned them down. These snowflake appear thinner and more delicate.
Whichever look you prefer and choose, any finished crochet snowflake 2020 will need to be stiffened. Use whatever commercial stiffener you like, or follow my very detailed directions using school glue and water in this post.
Do you feel like crocheting more snowflakes? You can check out all of my past free crochet snowflake patterns here.
In totally unrelated news, I am going to try to post most consistently to Instagram. If you are an Instagram regular, be sure to say hi so I don’t feel so awkward and out of place there 😬