Easy Real Snowflake Patterns

Since these are supposed to be easy I thought that it was appropriate to include a few pointers for beginners before the actual patterns. In the patterns themselves I have inserted ‘(see above)’ where one of these pictures applies.

Magic Loop method of starting. Picture as in previous snowflake patterns.

Showing hole for slipstitch when joining. Picture as in previous snowflake patterns.

Snowflakes 2, 5, 6 & 7 have two trebles in the first row and then 2trs (or 2dcs) above them on the next row.  For clarity here is a picture showing where I intend the stitches for the second row to go.

You may need to push the previous stitch to the right to find hole 1.

Snowflake 2 has three trebles worked above four on the previous row.

For snowflake 3 I start by joining four chains in a loop.

For snowflakes 3 and 4, I say to ‘Pull the loop into gap to the right or left’ before some rows.

I normally do this with my fingers but you can use your hook if you find it easier.

For snowflake 4 I talk of working slip stitches into 6 stitches or give an alternative for only 5. The holes for these stitches are as shown below.

For snowflake 6 the pattern uses the hdtr (US htr) stitch

For snowflake 7 the pattern uses working into the back loops

and as well as the hdtr (US htr) the dtr (US tr) stitch.

Now the Patterns

These snowflakes probably take about 20-30mins each once you get into them.

I would recommend working these in acrylic yarn to start with.

I used a 4mm hook with DK acrylic yarn and a 3.5mm hook with the DK bamboo yarn as, like similar cotton yarn, it seems a bit finer than the acrylic DK yarn.

I only have these patterns in UK terminology at present as it has taken so long to get his far.

[These first two have the fanciest points but only need three rows.]

Snowflake 1.

[There are more stitches in the first row for this snowflake than in later patterns but it will pull flat at the end.]

Using the Magic Loop method to start.

Row 1: 3ch=1st tr, 2tr, 2ch, then repeat {3tr, 2ch} five times. Slst together.

Row 2: Repeat {slst into stitch above middle tr, 6ch, slst into same st as before, 4ch} six times. No need to join.

Row 3: Repeat {working into 6ch loop: (2dc, 4ch, dc, 3ch, dc, 4ch, dc, 3ch, dc, 4ch, 2dc) [Unless you made your 6ch very tight all these sts will fit you just need to slide them to the right every so often. This makes the point of the snowflake nice and firm.] Then 1dc into the 4ch loop, slst into the gap between 3tr groups of 1st row, 1dc into 4ch loop} six times. No slst is needed to join just thread yarn through last stitch and sew in.

As you can see the points in the picture are not all the same. I was copying the one at the top but there is room for altering the number of chains used for the points as you wish.

Pull the points firmly and tighten the middle, then sew in ends.

Snowflake 2.

Using the Magic Loop method to start.

Row 1: 3ch=1st tr, tr, ch, then repeat {2tr, ch} five times. Slst together.

Row 2: 3ch=1st tr, tr into next st. Repeat {(tr, 2ch, tr) into gap, tr into next 2 sts (see above)} five times. Then (tr, 2ch, tr) into gap. Slst together.

Row 3: 2ch=1st dc, dc into next 2 sts. Repeat {slst into gap, 5ch, slst into gap, 9ch, slst into gap, 5ch, slst into gap, dc in next 3sts. [These are the holes that are between the trs or (see above)]} five times, then slst into gap, 5ch, slst into gap, 9ch, slst into gap, 5ch, slst into gap. Slst together.

Pull the points firmly and tighten the middle, then sew in ends.

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[The Next two patterns involve working into gaps at the beginning of the row. When I do this, say for granny squares, I always pull the first loop through the gap from back to front before I work the 3ch=1st tr.]

Snowflake 3.

[Note that this is the only one that doesn’t use the Magic Loop. This is because I designed it with a hole in the middle]

Start with four chain and join in a ring (see above). [Use more chains if this doesn’t give hole as above].

Row 1: Working into ring: 3ch=1st tr, tr, 2ch, then repeat {2tr, 2ch} five times. Slst together.

Pull loop into gap to the left between trs of previous row (see above).

Row 2: 3ch=1st tr, repeat {(tr 3ch tr) into corner gap, tr into gap between trs of previous row} five times. Then (tr 3ch tr) into corner gap. Slst together.

Row 3: Repeat {slst left, 3ch, (3tr, 3ch, 3tr) into corner gap, 3ch, slst} six times. No need to join.

Pull the points firmly, the middle here has a hole, then sew in ends.

You need to pull the points for this one so you get straight sides as in picture.

Snowflake 4.

[In this pattern on Row 4 I have written it so that you slst into 6sts between the points but it can be a bit tricky to slst into the st before the gap mid side, so if you find this difficult just miss the stitches either side of the gap and replace with a slst into the gap itself thus giving only 5 slsts (see above). Personally I find it the trickiest all round because of starting with dcs instead of trs for the first row but I was pleased with how it turned out.]

Using the Magic Loop method to start.

Row 1: 2ch=1st dc, 11dc. Slst together.

Row 2: 3ch=1st tr, then 2tr, 1ch into same st, then into every other stitch (3tr 1ch). Slst together.

Pull loop into gap to the right (see above).

Row 3: Working into the gaps: (3ch=1st tr, 2tr, 1ch) into first gap then into each of next five gaps (3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch). Then (3tr, 2ch) into first gap. Slst together.

Pull loop into gap to the right (see above).

Row 4: (2ch=1st dc, 2dc) into gap then repeat {2ch, slst into next 6sts (see above), (2ch, 3dc, 2ch, 3dc) into gap} five times then 2ch, slst into next 6sts, 2ch then 3dc,2ch. Slst together.

Pull the points firmly and tighten the middle, then sew in ends.

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Snowflake 5.

Using the Magic Loop method to start.

Row 1: 3ch=1st tr, tr, ch, then repeat {2tr, ch} five times. Slst together.

Row 2: 3ch, tr into next st, repeat {(tr, 2ch, tr) into gap, tr into next 2 sts (see above)} five times, then (tr, 2ch, tr) into gap. Slst together.

Row 3: 2ch=1st dc, dc into next 2sts, repeat {(dc, 3ch, dc) into gap, dc into next 3 sts (see above)} five times, then (dc, 3ch, dc) into gap. Slst together.

Row 4: 2ch=1st dc, dc into next 3 sts, repeat {slst into gap, 2ch, tr into gap, 2ch, slst into gap, dc in next 4sts} five times, then slst into gap, 2ch, tr into gap, 2ch, slst into gap. Slst together.

Pull the points firmly and tighten the middle, then sew in ends.

Snowflake 6.

[Rows 1 & 2 are actually the same as the previous pattern and Row 3 only differs by having 2ch for a corner instead of 3. This pattern introduces the hdtr (US htr) stitch (see above).]

Using the Magic Loop method to start.

Row 1: 3ch=1st tr, tr, ch, then repeat {2tr, ch} five times. Slst together.

Row 2: 3ch=1st tr, tr into next st, repeat {(tr, 2ch, tr) into gap, tr into next 2 sts (see above)} five times, then {(tr, 2ch, tr) into gap. Slst together.

Row 3: 2ch=1st dc, dc into next 2sts, repeat {(dc, 2ch, dc) into gap, dc into next 3 sts (see above)} five times, then (dc, 2ch, dc) into gap. Slst together.

Row 4: Repeat (working into different sts except where noted) {slst left three ( I recently made this snowflake in silver and I think it should be 4) times, 2ch, tr into same st as last slst, hdtr into 2ch gap from 3rd row, tr, 2ch slst into same st as tr} six times. No need to join.

Pull the points firmly and tighten the middle, then sew in ends.

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Snowflake 7.

[This pattern introduces two new things. Working into back loops only (see above) and using the dtr (US tr) stitch (see above).]

Using the Magic Loop method to start.

Row 1: 3ch=1st tr, tr, 2ch, then repeat {2tr, 2ch} five times. Slst together.

Row 2: 2ch=1st dc, dc into next st, repeat {(dc, 2ch, dc) into gap, dc into next 2 sts (see above)} five times, then (dc, 2ch, dc) into gap. Slst together.

Row 3: Working into back loops only (see above): 2ch=1st dc, dc into every st including chains for corners – gives 36sts. Slst together.

Row 4: Repeat (working into different sts except where noted) {slst left twice, 3ch, tr into same st as last slst, hdtr, dtr, hdtr, tr, 3ch slst into same st as tr} six times. No need to join.

Pull the points so they are correctly aligned and tighten the middle, then sew in ends.

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