Oh, how I love crocheted snowflakes! They are so pretty! They look so intricate yet they’re so easy to make. Today I’m excited to share an easy crochet snowflake ornament pattern with you. I hope it helps you get ahead on your Christmas gifts!
How do you crochet a snowflake for beginners?
If you’re a beginner and you’re wondering how to crochet a snowflake, don’t worry. This pattern is fairly easy to make. To crochet this snowflake, you will start in the center with some simple single crochet stitches and then work your way outward for a total of 3 or 4 rounds (depending on the size you make).
If you’re a beginner, I know a crochet snowflake can look intimidating. However, I will teach you exactly how to make these with both written instructions, as well as photo and video tutorials.
A Delicate Lacy Snowflake Crochet Pattern
If there’s one thing that a snowflake needs to be, it’s delicate, right? Thankfully, in crocheting it is very easy to obtain that look. (If you’ve spent any time here on the blog, then you know how much I LOVE crochet lace!) We can easily use chains and simple stitches like single and double crochet to create an open, beautiful snowflake.
Yarn to Crochet a Snowflake
However, it’s not just stitches that make a snowflake delicate…it also has to do with the yarn! If you’ve looked for crochet snowflake patterns before, then you’ve probably noticed that almost all of them out there use crochet thread for an extra-delicate look.
However, to be honest, I hate crochet thread! It’s so tiny, and it hurts my hands. So I set out to design a snowflake pattern that was as delicate as possible, but using some different yarns! Here’s what I ended up going with:
- Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour. This is a sport weight yarn that is glittery. I used it to make the silver snowflakes. Unfortunately, this yarn is now discontinued 🙁 But, you can try other light weight yarns you may have. Another good alternative is Lion Brand Beautiful You.
- Premier Just Cotton. This is the worsted weight yarn that I used to make the largest white snowflake. Although it is a heavier yarn, I still love the way it turned out as a snowflake!
More Ornament Crochet Patterns
I have many other crochet ornaments available as free patterns! Here are a few you might like:
The Snowflake Sizes
One of my favorite things about this lacy snowflake crochet pattern is that it comes in different SIZES! I created one design that can be altered easily to get different sized snowflakes…
1. Tiny Crochet Snowflake
First of all, the small snowflake. I bet I could call this a “5-minute crochet snowflake” because of how fast it works up! Of course, it will depend on how fast you crochet, but this little guy definitely goes quick. We’ll use a light weight yarn and do just 3 simple rounds.
Here’s what the finished result will be:
2. Medium and Large Crochet Snowflake
If you are wondering how to crochet a large snowflake, I have patterns for you too! In order to make the medium and large sized snowflake, we will make a few alterations: we will add another round to get the lovely 6 points, and (in the case of the large size) we will use a heavier weight of yarn.
How do you stiffen crochet snowflakes?
One thing that many people do with their crocheted snowflakes is use starch to stiffen them. This ensures that they hang nicely without flopping over. If you would like to stiffen your finished snowflakes, check out this tutorial for help.
However, I do want you to know that I did not need to use starch to stiffen my snowflakes. Because of the yarn I used, all I needed to do was give them a good steam block, and they hang just fine!
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Easy Crochet Snowflake Pattern in 3 Sizes
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- Premier Just Cotton Yarn (85% cotton, 15% polyester, 104 yds/95 m, 2.11 oz/60 g) less than 1 skein White (for large snowflake)
- Vanna’s Glamour Yarn (96% acrylic, 4% other, 202 yds/185 m, 3.5 oz/50 g) less than one skein Platinum (for medium and small snowflake)
- H/5mm crochet hook (for large snowflake)
- F/3.75mm crochet hook (for medium and small snowflake)
- Yarn needle
- Ch 1 at beginning of rnds does NOT count as a stitch.
- Snowflakes are all worked in joined rounds.
Small snowflake: 2.5” in diameter
Medium snowflake: 3.75” in diameter
Large snowflake: 4.75” in diameter
Abbreviations/Stitches Used (U.S.)
Chain – ch
Slip stitch – sl st
Single crochet – sc
Double crochet – dc
Repeat – rep
Round – rnd
Skip – sk
Stitch(es) – st(s)
Beginning – beg
Picot Stitch (picot st): Sl st in back bump of the second ch from hook. More info on picot stitches here.
Large Crochet Snowflake Written Instructions:
With worsted weight cotton yarn, ch 4, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, make 12 sc in ch-4. (12 sc)
Rnd 2: Sc in next sc. (Ch 6, sc in same sc. Sc in next 2 sc) 5 times. Ch 6, sc in same sc. Sc in last sc. Join with a sl st to first sc. (18 sc, 6 ch-6 sps)
Rnd 3: Sl st in next 2 ch of first ch-6 sp. Ch 1, sc in ch-6 sp. Ch 4, sc in same ch-6 sp. Ch 4, *(sc, ch 4, sc) in next ch-6 sp. Ch 4. Rep from * 4 times more. Join with a sl to to first sc. (12 sc, 12 ch-4 sps)
Rnd 4: Sl st in first ch of next ch-4 sp. Sl st in ch-4 sp. Ch 6, make 1 picot st. Ch 1, dc in same ch-4 sp. Ch 3, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 3. *(Dc, ch 3, picot st, ch 1, dc) in next ch-4 sp. Ch 3, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 3. Rep from * 4 times more. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch-6.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Repeat the same as for large snowflake, but use sport weight yarn (I used both Lion Brand Vanna’s Glamour and Beautiful You). Note that the tutorial above is the large star shown in Beautiful You yarn.
Repeat the same as for large snowflake, but use sport weight yarn and fasten off after round 3 and weave in ends.
- Steam block your snowflakes so that they will hang flat.
- Attach hangers to your finished snowflakes (if you want them to be ornaments) and enjoy!
To learn how to make loop hangers, see the video below.
Crochet Snowflake Tutorial
If you’re a beginner and you need a little extra help making these snowflakes, I’ve got you! Let’s go into a bit more detail about how to crochet these snowflakes from start to finish.
To begin, you’ll need a little itty-bitty chain 4 space for the center of your snowflake. Once you make that and join it up, work 12 single crochets into the ring. Don’t forget: this first round we will NOT join with a slip stitch.
Round 2 is pretty simple also. Single crochet in the next sc. Make a loop by chaining 6, and then making another sinlge crochet into the same stitch. Next, single crochet into the next 2 single crochets.
You will simply continue to make chain 6 loops around. Make sure you have 3 single crochet stitches in between each loop!
When starting round 3, you have to get to the point where you can single crochet into the TOP of a chain-6 loop. To do this, make 2 slip stitches in the first two chains of the chain-6. Then, chain 1 and make a single crochet into the top of the loop!
Now you’re all good to repeat the pattern around round 3. Chain 4, and make another single crochet into the same chain-6 space. Chain 4 again. Then, make a (single crochet, chain 4, single crochet) into the next chain 6 loop. This is the pattern you repeat around!
What your work should look like after round 3:
NOTE: if you would like to make the tiny/small snowflake, this is where you stop and fasten off your work. All done, yay!
If you are making the medium or large snowflake, continue with round 4.
For this round, we will be alternating between some v-stitches with a picot in the center, and some chain-3 spaces. In the photo below, you can see what it looks like after you’ve made a picot stitch to form one of the points (before doing the double crochet to complete it).
As you continue the pattern around, you will eventually end up with your 6-pointed crochet snowflake! Just join with a slip stitch into the first chain 3 space to finish.
What can I make with crochet snowflakes?
So now you’re all done with your snowflakes…but what comes next? How can you put them to use?
- Ornaments. If you’re participating in the Christmas in July Ornament Crochet-Along, then this will be the obvious use! Just attach a hanger and you’re all ready to go.
- Garlands. I think these snowflakes would be amazing strung up above the hearth or kitchen table! You could make a garland of just one size, or mix up the different sizes too.
- Appliques. Try sewing one of these snowflakes onto your favorite pillow or sweater for a cute embellishment!
I hope you enjoyed this crochet pattern. I had so much fun designing it and I can’t wait to hang these snowflakes up at Christmas!