Picot Snowflake Ornament

by Priscilla Hewitt ©2000

Materials

Small amount of size 10 crochet cotton thread (Knit CroSheen)

Steel crochet hook size 8

Fabric stiffener

Small ziplock bag

Stainless steel straight pins or wooden toothpicks

Waxed paper

Sheet of flat styrofoam

Fishing line

Pattern note: There should be an unworked ch between each picot.

To make dc picot: ch 5, dc in the 4th ch from hook

To make cluster picot: ch 5, yo insert hook in the 4th ch from hook and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in same ch and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 3 remaining loops on hook, sl st in the same ch

Work tightly for best results. If you tend to crochet loosely, use a smaller size hook.

Ch 6; join with a sl st to the first ch to form ring

Round 1: Ch 3 to count as the first dc, work 11 more dc in the ring; join with a sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3. (12 dc)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the next dc, *sc in the next dc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) in the next dc* Repeat from * to * 4 times; join with a sl st to the first sc. (6 "points")

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in the same st as joining, (dc picot, cluster picot, dc picot), ch 1, sl st in the same sc, ch 1, 2 dc in the next ch-3 sp, work 2 dc picots, work 3 cluster picots, working along the other side, skip 3 cluster picots, sl st in the next unworked ch, (ch 4, dc in the 4th ch from hook, skip next dc picot, sl st in the next unworked ch) 2 times, 2 dc in the same ch-3 sp, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, *sc in the next sc, (dc picot, cluster picot, dc picot), ch 1, sl st in the same sc, ch 1, 2 dc in the next ch-3 sp, work 2 dc picots, work 3 cluster picots, working along the other side, skip 3 cluster picots, sl st in the next unworked ch, (ch 4, dc in the 3rd ch from hook, skip next dc picot, sl st in the next unworked ch) 2 times, 2 dc in the same ch-3 sp, ch 1, skip next 2 dc* Repeat from * to * 4 times; join with a sl st to the first sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Finishing

Place snowflake and fabric stiffener in a small plastic zip lock bag. Work stiffener into the snowflake through the closed bag, then let soak at least one hour. Place a sheet of waxed paper on a flat sheet of styrofoam. Remove snowflake from bag and wring out any excess stiffener. Shape snowflake on waxed paper and tack in place with pins or toothpicks. Allow to dry completely. Remove pins. Add a loop of fishing line to the snowflake to hang.

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