A friend of my Mum's gave her some very thin crochet cotton to pass on to me, as she knows I crochet. It is a size 20 - which is sooo very thin! I wasn't sure what to make at first, as I usually crochet with DK at the thinnest, so this was a big change. Then it hit me... a couple of the colours would be perfect for delicate icy snowflakes!
My lovely friend Anna had previously given me the book 100 Snowflakes to Crochet* by Caitlin Sainio, and I thought that I'd have a go at a few designs from the book. (*affiliate link)
I think the delicate thread and these colours works really well for snowflakes. I'm planning to make more and turn them into a pretty snowfall along the lines of this beautiful one!
I used a 2.5mm hook for these. The thin thread calls for even smaller, but I found it far too tricky! I'm a tight crocheter anyway, so I think this does the job.
They come out quite crinkly when first made, so this is one project that definitely needs blocking. Blocking transforms them. Here is a snap from my Instagram which shows how one of the snowflakes looked before blocking.
Once blocked I also sprayed hairspray on the snowflakes to give them a bit of firmness and stability. As the cotton is very thin and delicate it doesn't take much. With thicker yarn, perhaps other more robust methods might be better.
These are the patterns I've used from the book, in case it is of any use:
18: Ice Flower
6: Polar Glacier
I'd better get a move on and make more if I want my snowfall before winter is over!
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