DIY Knitted Snowflakes
If you are a knitter, you probably know about Ravelry, a place where you can find anything about knitting. There are patterns, designers, yarns and your own project notebook to showcase your knitting and to help you remember what you intended to knit when you picked up that beautiful skein of alpaca on vacation. When a new skein comes into my house, it gets photographed and popped into my projects with it’s pattern. That way, next year when I look through my stash, I know what I had wanted to do, and can look for another pattern if I’ve changed my mind. Then there are all those little bits of yarn left from knitting socks and sweaters and scarves. What do you do with them? Make a small project!
Small DIY projects are a fun change of pace while you’re in the midst of one or two large projects. You can get them done in an evening or two and feel like you’ve completed something. Take for instance The Pumpkin Project from a couple of years ago. They have been pinned a whopping 14.7 thousand times on Pinterest. I think people liked that post!
DIY Knitted Snowflakes are an evening or two of easy knitting once you get into the swing of it. I’d like to show you how to knit Sharon’s snowflake pattern as the directions had me struggling for awhile until I figured it out.
You can download this snowflake pattern from Sharon Winsauer’s Ravelry Store for free.
Follow the snowflake pattern and create the circular part of the snowflake on 3 doublepoint needles. I used a US size 5 dpn and some inexpensive yarn from JoAnn’s called Simply Soft Party which comes in several colors and has a little sparkle. It’s all acrylic and is washable and dry-able.
After the 10 rows which make the center, you begin to create the Primary and Secondary Points, and this is where I was confused. I will show you how to Cast On and Bind Off the stitches in order to create the points.
For the long point:
Because this is a mid row cast on, use a Cable Cast On. Check out Ravelry if you aren’t familiar. This video is easy to understand.
1.CO 5, BO2 – this creates first little triangular point. Now place the bind off stitch from the right needle when you’ve bound off the 2 sts and place it on the left needle with the rest of the stitches, all in a row again on one needle.
Continue the rest of the CO and BO sets which each make a small triangular point.
2. CO3, BO2 then place the last BO stitch on the left needle for second point.
3. CO2, BO2 then place the last BO stitch on the left needle for third point.
4. CO2, BO3 then place the last BO stitch on the left needle for forth point.
5. CO2, BO5 then place the last BO stitch on the left needle for the fifth point.
Next BO the next 3 sts and begin the small point.
1. CO 2, BO2 as above.
2. CO2, BO2 as above.
3. CO2, BO2 as above.
BO the next 3 sts and you’re ready to start the 2nd long point.
Here is the snowflake after knitting and before it’s finished, looking limp and ruffly. Because I want to hang the snowflakes from a tree and possibly in my windows, I’d like a flat flake which shows all the open lacy effects.
The finishing of the snowflake is simple and requires a little spray starch. Simply wet the snowflake, lay it on a towel and spread out the points, pinning each one individually.
You can see the scale of my snowflake is quite large, but you can experiment with smaller needles and thinner fingering yarns if you want a change in scale. This snowflake measured approximately 8 inches across at the tips.
The spray starch did not have enough stiffening agent to support the yarn and I ended up with a limp snowflake. So today I’ll try something different. Look at youtube and you’ll see that people use sugar, cornstarch, and white glue thinned with water as well as other methods for starching. I then tried some heavy gel medium left over from an acrylic painting class, thinned with water and it worked. In fact I like that the snowflake is not stiff as a board, but looks like it’s floating.
The original plan was to hang the snowflakes in the window, but I can see they would look great on the Christmas Tree or hanging in a grouping from the ceiling in the staircase. Hopefully I’ll get enough of them done to create a beautiful handmade Christmas decor somewhere in the house. I’d love to see what you create. Put up some photo’s on Pinterest.