The Incredibly Versatile Giant Snowflake

Author

by Even Howard

Introduction

Snowflake Wrap

I’ve wanted to make snowflake-inspired crochet forever. When I met with Rowan’s “Soft Baby” in my local yarn shop, I knew that the season had finally arrived. Thanks to the various ‘circle shrug’ patterns that have been published in print and discussed online, I had a vision that a snowflake could be worn in similar fashion.  I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of styles that can be created by a simple circle. By poking your arms through the various holes, this cuddly snowflake can be worn as a capelet, scarf, wrap, or shrug.  You might find other ways too…

This project is pretty easy and only takes a few hours so it makes a wonderful quick winter gift. You can, of course, dress it up or make a homespun version depending on your yarn and closure choices.

Materials List

  • 3 balls of Rowan “Soft Baby” (150m per 50g) in Cloud. Another soft worsted weight yarn will work too.  
  • 5.5mm (size I/9) hook
  • brooch, clasp, or pin for a closure

Finished Size

This will fit a person with about a 16in (40cm) measurement across the upper back. For bigger or smaller sizes, substitute yarn weights and hook sizes until your first three rounds equal about 1/3 of your upper back measurement. The finished snowflake is pretty stretchy and can be worn multiple ways, so don’t worry too much!

Gauge

First three rounds measure 5in (11cm) in diameter.

Notes

Special stitches:

Picot: ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook.

Picot cluster:  ch 3, sl st into 3rd ch from hook (first picot made), ch 4, sl st into base ch of first picot, ch 3, sl st into base ch of first picot.

The Pattern

Snowflake at nightThe Pattern 

Begin with a slipknot and ch 6.  Close chain with a slst into first chain to make a ring.

Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as a dc). Dc into center ring. Ch1. {2dc, ch1} five more times.  (6 dc groups total).  Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 2: Slst over dc and into next  ch1 space.  Ch3. {Dc, ch2, 2dc} into same  ch1 space (shell made).  {Ch1, 2dc, ch2, 2dc} into each ch1 space around.  Ch1 and slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 3: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space.  Ch3. {Dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space.  *Ch4, slst into 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch1. {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch1 space.* Repeat from * to * into each chain space around. Ch 4, make picot, ch1. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 4: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space. Ch3. {dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space. *Ch7. Skip next chain space with the picot and {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch2 space.* Repeat from * to * around. Ch7 and slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 5: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space.  Ch3. {dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space. *Ch9. Skip next ch7 space and work {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch2 space.* Repeat from * to * around. Ch9 and slst into top of ch3 to join.

Snowflake scarfRd 6: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space.  Ch3. {dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space. *Ch5, Sc around two chains below. Work a ch3 picot and sc around again.  Ch5.  {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch2 space.*  Repeat from * to * around. Ch5, Sc around two chains below. Work a ch3 picot and sc around again.  Ch5.  Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 7: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space.  Ch3. {dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space. *Ch13. Skip next chain and picot space and work {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch2 space.* Repeat from * to * around. Ch13 and slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 8: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space.  Ch3. {dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space. *Ch15. Skip next ch13 space and work {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch2 space.* Repeat from * to * around. Ch15 and slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 9: Slst over dc and into next ch2 space.  Ch3. {dc, ch2, 2dc} into same ch2 space. *Ch7, Sc around two chains below. Work a ch3 picot and sc around again.  Ch10.  Sc around two chains below. Work a ch3 picot and sc around again. Ch7.  {2dc, ch2, 2dc} into next ch2 space.*  Repeat from * to * around. Ch7, Sc around two chains below. Work a ch3 picot and sc around again.  Ch10. Sc around two chains below. Work a ch3 picot and sc around again. Ch7. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 10: Don’t slst over! Ch3. Work a dc cluster into the next 3dc by only pulling through two loops and then moving on to the next dc.  After working half of each of the 3dc, yo and pull through all loops on hook. *Ch15. Sc into loop of ch10 below. Ch 15.  Work a 4dc cluster into the top of next dc group.* Repeat from * to * around. Ch15. Sc into loop of Ch10 below. Ch 15.  Slst into first cluster to join.

Rd 11: Ch3. Ch3 more, sl st into 3rd ch from hook (first picot), ch4, slst into base ch of first picot, ch 3, slst into base ch of first picot (picot cluster made).  *{10Dc, ch2, 10dc} into ch15 space. Skip next sc. {10Dc, ch2, 10dc} into ch15 space. Dc into top of Dc cluster below. Work picot cluster.* Repeat from * to * around.  (10Dc, ch2, 10dc) into ch15 space. Skip next sc. {10Dc, ch2, 10dc} into ch15 space. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd. 12: Slst into base of picot cluster and next 10dc. Ch1 and *3sc into ch2 space. 3Sc across 3dc below. Work ch3 picot. 5Sc across 5dc below . Work picot. 5Sc across 5dc below. Work picot. 5Sc across 5dc below. Work picot. 2Sc across 2dc below. Work 3sc into ch2 space. 3Sc across 3dc below. Work picot. 5Sc across 5dc below. Chain 14, skipping over picot group below and sc into 3rd dc from picot group. 5Sc across 5dc below. Work picot. 2Sc across 2dc below.* Repeat from * to * around. When working the last repeat, ch 14, skip over picot group, and sc into the 3rd sl st from picot group that was done at the beginning of the round. Work 5 sc in the next 5 sl sts.  Work picot. Work 2 sc in the next 2 sl sts. Sl st to next sc to join.

Snowflake, top viewRd 13: (This is the round of ‘armholes’ so check the diameter of your work to make sure it will span your back.) Ch1 and sc1 into ch2 sp from round 11.  *Ch30. Skip 4 picots and sc into center sc of round 11 ch2 space. Ch10. Sc into center of ch14 space. Ch10. Sc into center sc of round 11 ch2 space.* Repeat from * to * around. Slst into first sc to join.

Rd 14: Ch1 and sc1 into  ch30. {19Sc, ch2, 20sc} in ch30 space. *15Sc in ch10 space. 15sc in next ch10 space. {20Sc, ch2, 20sc} in ch30 space.* Repeat from * to * around. Slst into first sc to join.

Rd 15: Slst along  first 20sc up to ch2 space.  (Ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 space. “Ch 20. Skip next 25sc and sc into 26th sc. Work a ch3 picot. Sc in next sc below.  Ch20. Skip next 16sc and sc into 17th sc. Work a ch3 picot. Sc in next sc below. Ch 20. Skip next 25sc. (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in next ch2 space.” Repeat around. Ch 20. Skip next 25sc and sc into 26th sc. Work a ch3 picot. Sc in next sc below.  Ch20. Skip next 16sc and sc into 17th sc. Work a ch3 picot. Sc in next sc below. Ch 20. Skip next 25sc. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 16: Slst over to ch2 space. (Ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 space. “Ch25. Skip ch20 space below and work (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch20 space. Ch 25. Skip next ch20 space and work (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch2 space.” Repeat around. Ch25. Skip ch20 space below and work (2dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch20 space. Ch 25. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Snowflake, worn longRd 17: Slst over to ch2 space. (Ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 space. “Ch 15 and (sc1, work ch3 picot, sc1, chain 14, sc1, work ch3 picot, sc1)  around two chains below. Ch 15. (2Dc, ch2, 2dc) into next ch2 space.” Repeat around. Ch 15 and (sc1, work ch3 picot, sc1, chain 14, sc1, work ch3 picot, sc1)  around two chains below. Ch 15. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 18: Slst over to ch2 space. (Ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc) in ch2 space. “Ch7. Sc into center of Ch 15 space. Ch7. Sc into center of ch14 space. Ch7.  Sc into center of Ch15 space.  Ch7. (2Dc, ch2, 2dc) into ch2 space.” Repeat around. Ch7. Sc into center of Ch 15 space. Ch7. Sc into center of ch14 space. Ch 7.  Sc into center of Ch15 space. Ch7. Slst into top of ch3 to join.

Rd 19: Slst over to ch2 space. (Ch3, dc, ch1, work picot cluster, ch1, 2dc) in ch2 space. “*10Dc into ch7 space. Skip sc. Work ch3 picot.* 3 times. 10Dc. (Ch3, dc, ch1, work picot cluster, ch1, 2dc) in ch2 space. “ Repeat around.  10Dc into ch7 space. Skip sc. Work ch3 picot.* 3 times. 10Dc. Slst into top of ch3 to join. Fasten off.

Yea! Finished!  Just weave in any extra ends and you’re ready to go.  You may want to lightly block to even out any bunchy areas.  The varying styles shown are worn with the arms through the large holes of round 13 with the center worn either above or below the shoulders.  You can also just fold it in a bit less than half and wrap around your shoulders for a layered capelet. The scarf style is simply the snowflake rolled up and tied once.

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