Two or three days ago I decided to make a start on my fourth item for the giveaway.
One of the things ‘I am crazy about’ that I haven’t yet shared with you in any of my posts is snowflakes.
For some time now I have wanted to try and crochet some snowflakes, so I had put together some patterns I had found and now I settled down to crochet them.
But it was a bit of an ordeal!
When working in the round I am used to patterns that ask you to start with a four chain circle and ones that use the magic loop method but here I found another method: the ch4 and then work all the following stitches into the first chain. I could just about manage this but I didn’t enjoy it.
And then the picots 😦
I have tried to do a picot edging before, not really understood the instructions, made an awful mess of it and given up.
This time I understood the instructions [ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook] but they sometimes came out okay and sometimes looked all loopy.
And that wasn’t all because there were other bits in some of the patterns that they had either got wrong or I just wasn’t understanding in the correct way.
So my confidence in my ability in the field of crochet is at an all time low.
Maybe I should have tried the other patterns but rather than give up I decided to
- Take another look at photographs of real snowflakes.
- Work up my own ‘easy’ patterns.
All the snowflake photographs come from http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/
I also realised that it would be tricky and probably not desirable to crochet exactly the same shape as a real snowflake as many have long separate spikey arms. So something that suggested ‘snowflake’ should be sufficient.
And in the end this is what I produced for the giveaway.
Which I suppose are closest to these snowflakes.
I will attach them to a long chain like bunting but they will be just sewn in so they can be removed and used differently. And although a couple of them are similar I have made them all different, like real snowflakes!
I will probably post the patterns in the menu above at some time but I think I will need to take some photos of certain points before I do this.