Here’s the last instalment!
Keep your hands busy making these last-minute christmas gifts and maybe it’ll stop you shovelling so much food into your face that you actually lose sleep to indigestion. It hasn’t worked for me, but it’s worth a go.
All three designs are available pre-made on my easy shop, click here for the link. They’ll arrive to you in a lovely paper bag stamped in gold with the milkbottleknits biz.
This is Spoked Susan:
Yarn: Rico design essentials mercerised cotton, white
(Different variations in yarn weight will produce a differently sized flake. Get a few different kinds – knock yourselves out!)
dc: double crochet
tr: treble crochet (yarn around hook once to start)
dtr: double treble crochet (yarn around hook twice to start)
ttr: triple treble crochet (yarn around hook 3 times to start)
ss: slip stitch
Chain 6 and join to form a ring
Round 1: ch 2 (counts as a tr), (ch 1, 3 ttr into centre of ring, ch 1, 1 dtr into centre of ring) x5, ch 1, 3 ttr into centre of ring, ch 1, ss into top of first chain stem
R2: ch1, dc in next 2 sts, (ch3, dc in next 6 sts) x5, ch 3, dc to start of round, ss into 1st dc
R3: ch1, dc into next 3 sts, (1 dc below 3 ch stem of last round, ch7, skip 2 ch, dc into next 5 ch sts, dc again below 3 ch stem of last round, dc into next 6 sts) x5, 1 dc below 3 ch stem of last round, ch7, skip 2 ch, dc into next 5 ch sts, dc again below 3 ch stem of last round, dc to end of round, ss into 1st dc
R4: ch 1, dc into next 4 sts, (dc into first 4 ch sts, ch 3, dc into same ch st as last dc, dc into final ch st, ch 4, dc into next 2 sts on opposite side of chain stem, ch 3, dc into same ch as last dc, dc into next 11 sts) x5
Fasten off and sew in the yarn ends. To stiffen, soak for a few minutes in a solution of PVA glue and water. Cornflower and water also works very well but does make the snowflakes a bit soft and fluffy.
If you’d like to use a template to get your snowflake perfectly even and symmetrical print out a 6 pointed star, just 6 lines equally spaced will be fine, and dry each snowflake out on top of a template lining up the points exactly.