So off I went to make a little snowflake and funnily enough, I had every colour of cotton (lime green, fluoro yellow, navy...) except white. Off to the shops and before I knew it I had gold glitter, ribbon, Christmas washi tape and brown paper to wrap it all. I will be sending these overseas to my family back home in order to share my new found tradition with everyone I love.
This got me thinking about what others do in their families for traditional holiday crafts. I would love to hear about them! Share in the comments or on the facebook page!
Designer: Suze McCormick of FabAct
Yarn: 2 ply cotton
Let me tell you what's good about this pattern: It is gorgeous! Coming from a site with 21 patterns to choose from makes for a difficult time because all the patterns of snowflakes look so realistic in their unique shapes. I chose pattern number 15 as it seemed to be the most "common" snowflake shape. In saying that, the pattern itself was well written, easy to follow and makes for about a 20 minute project (for a confident crocheter). You will need to choose a natural fibre so as to be able to block the snowflake. Which brings me to my next point...
The solution is a simple 2-1 ratio of white sugar to water. Place on the stove on the lowest setting and allow sugar to dissolve slowly. Do not let it boil, stir constantly. Once the sugar is melted, take off the heat and allow to cool ever so slightly. Dip the snowflake in the solution, allow all stems to absorb the solution. Remove with spoon and squish out solution with paper towel. **Caution it will be hot to touch**. Unfold stems, place on foam matt or towel and pin each little section down taught. Note that the exact shape you pin will be exactly what you are left with when it dries so be sure you pin tidy and even. Allow dry time of approximately 3 days. After the snowflake is dry to the touch, remove the pins. It will not feel sticky. Also, glitter sprinkles will stick to the wet glycerine, sprinkle directly after pinning. Use ribbon to hang on a tree!