A Christmas present for my Readers

With All Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas to my readers.

I thought this year that I would give you a free pattern for a Snowflake Coaster. Al; three coasters

I say Coaster but you could regard it simply as a pattern for a new snowflake.

I made two sparkly ones. These are my favourites. The white and green one was added for completeness.

Two sparkly coasters

Above you can see the coaster on the left made with DK weight for the base and what I think is 4ply weight for the snowflake. (Yarn I was given – no label), On the right DK weight for the base and Twilleys Goldfingering for the snowflake. The snowflake on the left is the original pattern and the one on the right is a lacier version – see below.

And here are the two different snowflakes made in white DK yarn.two white snowflakes

I designed them remembering the coasters I made for my daughter. coasters I made for my daughter

The above were ostensibly snowflakes but my snowflake has more obvious arms and was partly inspired by this ‘real snowflake’ real snowflake photographthat I left out of the original nine snowflakes when making the eight snowflakes for my “Real Snowflakes” pattern.

If making a coaster, the idea is that after making the snowflake you make a hexagon in a primary colour: red, green or blue as a base. Now this could be made out of thick felt but I give a pattern for one made out of yarn. Of course you are free to do whatever you like and just use my ideas as a starting point.

You make the snowflake first.

The medium size is made in 4ply yarn with maybe a 3mm or 3.5mm hook depending on how tightly you crochet. But you could use any yarn and hook if just making a snowflake. It is important to chose a smaller rather than a larger hook for the type of yarn chosen so the result is not floppy.

I give a version of the pattern in US terms at the end.

Snowflake

Start: Magic Loop or four chain joined in a circle with a slip stitch.

Round 1: (3ch = 1st tr), then eleven more trs into the loop. Join with slip stitch into the third ch at the start.

Round 2: Slip stitch into the gap to the left, (3ch = 1st tr). Then (tr, dtr, tr, into the next gap, tr into the next gap.) five times. Tr, dtr, tr into the last gap.  Join with slip stitch into the third ch at the start.

If you want a lacier snowflake you could omit the single trs in Round 2 and replace with 1ch. See variation to Rounds 2 & 3 below.

Round 3: 1ch, (dc into next two gaps, 4ch over the dtr of the previous row, dc into the next two gaps) six times.

Round 4: Slip stitch left till you are in 4ch loop, (3ch = 1st tr) then (tr, 2ch, 2tr, 3ch, 2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into 4ch of previous round. Repeat five times: (2tr, 2ch, 2tr, 3ch, 2tr, 2ch, 2tr) into 4ch of previous round.

This makes quite an attractive snowflake in it’s own right as you can see in this snowflake made in Twilleys Silver Goldfingering. (It ran out at this point!) snowflake with just four rows

Round 5: Slip stitch into the 3rd ch at start of the previous round then dc into next tr, 2dc into 2ch gap, miss a tr, dc into next . Then working into 3ch loop – (dc, 5ch, dc, 7ch, dc, 5ch, dc).

Feel free to experiment with exactly how many chain you use here.

Miss a tr, dc into next tr, 2dc into 2ch gap, dc into next tr, miss last tr.

The repeat the instructions between the square brackets below five times.

[dc into 2nd tr, 2dc into 2ch gap, Miss a tr, dc into next . Then working into 3ch loop – (dc, 5ch, dc, 7ch, dc, 5ch, dc). Miss a tr, dc into next tr, 2dc into 2ch gap, dc into next tr, miss last tr.]

Slip stitch into first dc and finish off.

Alternative Snowflake

Round 2: Slip stitch into gap to the left, (3ch = 1st tr), dtr & tr into the that gap, 1ch, miss next gap. (Tr, dtr, tr, 1ch in next gap, miss a gap) five times.  Join with slip stitch into the third ch at the start.

Round 3: 1ch, (dc into next gap, 4ch over the dtr of the previous row, dc into the next gap, 2dc into 1ch gap) six times.

*     *     *     *     *

If making a coaster, then make a hexagon just a little larger than the snowflake and attach the snowflake.

Originally I had thought to incorporate the joining into the crochet but decided that is is easier just to bring some cotton though the backing between the two stitches into one at the corners of the base and catch a loop at the back of the middle of the central chain loop of the last round and go back through the same hole. Continuing until all loops have been caught in place.

Now the instructions for making a base for the coaster.

Just a basic hexagon

I am presuming a DK or similar weight yarn for this but again you could use a thicker or thinner yarn as long as you end up with a base just slightly larger than the snowflake. A standard size hook is fine.

Start: Magic Loop or four chain joined in a circle with a slip stitch.

Then working in a spiral –

Round 1: 6dc into loop.

Round 2: work 2dc into each of the dcs in the first round.

Round 3: (dc into first dc, 2dc into next) six times.

Round 4: (dc into first two dc, 2dc into next) six times.

On each subsequent round increase the number of single dcs by one each time.

You can either mark the beginning of the round, keep count or recognise that the 2dc are always worked into the second of the 2dc of the previous round.

If using DK yarn and 4ply for the snowflake I found the right size to be reached when the number of single dcs was ten but the exact number doesn’t matter it is reaching the size you want that is important.

The Goldfingering snowflake on the DK weight blue base had eight single dcs for the final round of the base.

The white DK snowflake needed a last round of eleven single dcs.

Here you can see the coasters in use

coasters in use

I think the red one is the best size but all of them are usable.

US Version

Start: Magic Loop or four chain joined in a circle with a slip stitch.

Round 1: (3ch = 1st dc), then eleven more dcs into the loop. Join with slip stitch into the third ch at the start.

Round 2: Slip stitch into the gap to the left, (3ch = 1st dc). Then (dc, tr, dc, into the next gap, dc into the next gap.) five times. Dc, tr, dc into the last gap.  Join with slip stitch into the third ch at the start.

If you want a lacier snowflake you could omit the single dcs in Round 2 and replace with 1ch. See variation to Rounds 2 & 3 below.

Round 3: 1ch, (sc into next two gaps, 4ch over the tr of the previous row, sc into the next two gaps) six times.

Round 4: Slip stitch left till you are in 4ch loop, (3ch = 1st dc) then (dc, 2ch, 2dc, 3ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into 4ch of previous round. Repeat five times: (2dc, 2ch, 2dc, 3ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc) into 4ch of previous round.

This makes quite an attractive snowflake in it’s own right as you can see in this snowflake made in Twilleys Silver Goldfingering. (It ran out at this point!) snowflake with just four rows

Round 5: Slip stitch into the 3rd ch at start of the previous round then sc into next dc, 2sc into 2ch gap, Miss a dc, sc into next . Then working into 3ch loop – (sc, 5ch, sc, 7ch, sc, 5ch, sc).

Feel free to experiment with exactly how many chain you use here.

Miss a dc, sc into next dc, 2sc into 2ch gap, sc into next dc, miss last dc.

The repeat the instructions between the square brackets below five times.

[sc into 2nd dc, 2sc into 2ch gap, Miss a dc, sc into next . Then working into 3ch loop – (sc, 5ch, sc, 7ch, sc, 5ch, sc). Miss a dc, sc into next dc, 2sc into 2ch gap, sc into next dc, miss last dc.]

Slip stitch into first sc and finish off.

Alternative Snowflake

Round 2: Slip stitch into gap to the left, (3ch = 1st dc), tr, dc into the next gap, 1ch) miss next gap. (Dc, tr, dc, 1ch in next gap, miss a gap) five times.  Join with slip stitch into the third ch at the start.

Round 3: 1ch, (sc into next gap, 4ch over the tr of the previous row, sc into the next gap, 2sc into 1ch gap) six times. No need to join.

*     *     *     *     *

If making a coaster, then make a hexagon just a little larger than the snowflake and attach the snowflake.

Originally I had thought to incorporate the joining into the crochet but decided that is is easier just to bring some cotton though the backing between the two stitches into one at the corners of the base and catch a loop at the back of the middle of the central chain loop of the last round and go back through the same hole. Continuing until all loops have been caught in place.

Now the instructions for making a base for the coaster.

Just a basic hexagon

I am presuming a DK or similar weight yarn (light worsted, I believe, is the US equivalent) for this but again you could use a thicker or thinner yarn as long as you end up with a base just slightly larger than the snowflake. A standard size hook is fine.

Start: Magic Loop or four chain joined in a circle with a slip stitch.

Then working in a spiral –

Round 1: 6sc into loop.

Round 2: work 2sc into each of the scs in the first round.

Round 3: (sc into first sc, 2sc into next) six times.

Round 4: (sc into first two sc, 2sc into next) six times.

On each subsequent round increase the number of single scs by one each time.

You can either mark the beginning of the round, keep count or recognise that the 2sc are always worked into the second of the 2sc of the previous round.

If using DK yarn and 4ply for the snowflake I found the right size to be reached when the number of single scs was ten but the exact number doesn’t matter it is reaching the size you want that is important.

The Goldfingering snowflake on the DK weight blue base had eight single scs for the final round of the base.

The white DK snowflake needed a last round of eleven single dcs.

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