Winter Solstice, which occurs on December 21st, marks the beginning of Winter and is the longest night of the year.
Also known as Yule, Christmas and Saturnalia, this event celebrates the birth of a new Solar Year. In Pagan cultures, The Goddess manifests as the Great Mother and the God as the Sun Child. Santa Claus and Old Man Winter are also symbol of the Sun Child.
Festivals strengthened inner renewal and homes were decorated in colors of Red, Green, Gold and White. Exchanging gifts with friends and family will strengthen the bonds for the new year.
As a crocheter, I am always looking for just the right pattern for the holiday. What better way to celebrate winter than by giving the gift of snowflakes!
A great gift for the cooks and bakers on your gift list is a potholder. Mary Strouse from HGTV has a blue potholder with an appliquéd snowflake to create.
Linda, from Linda’s Lists gives us another potholder with the snowflake crocheted in as part of the design.
A coaster made with a White Glitter yarn from Cylinda Mathews will help keep your table clear of grog stains!
Tire of cold hands scraping the icy snow off your windshield? Darlene takes an old wool sweater, felts it, cuts a couple of rectangles and crochets a snowflake that she appliqués to it.
Snowcatcher brings us 3 snowflakes, one of which is a plarn model
As an FYI, almost any thread snowflake pattern can be worked with plarn.
In interesting technique is to crochet over pop tabs, those metal pulling devises that open up a can of soda. Lisa Neumeier has a Ravelry download with step by step photos
Wearables and Accessories
If you would like to actually wear a snowflake, you must check out Evelyn Howard’s Incredibly Versatile Giant Snowflake Sweater posted on Crochet Me. Made in the “circle shrug” technique with a soft yarn, you begin this pattern with a Giant Snow Flake, add, chains to form arm holes and a few hours later, your project is complete. This cuddly snowflake can be worn as a capelet, scarf, wrap, or shrug.
Also on Crochet Me is a beautiful Ice Princess Necklace designed by Chloe Nightingale. Made with cotton and metallic thread, first you crochet the choker part, then you add the snowflake motif. http://www.crochetme.com/ice-princess
We can’t forget about decorating our shoes now, can we? Donna from Donna’s Crochet Design has come up with a beaded pearl and crystal show topper. I can see using this stunning piece as a brooch, also.
Alison Shuman starts with a thick cotton yarn to make a snowflake , then with blue, she crochets round and round to make a darling hat!
The Art of Tangle gives us a blanket that is made up of 59 big crocheted hexagons in blue and white. By using 32 oz. dark, 28 oz. light worsted-weight yarn and a G (4.25mm)hook, Make a few motifs every night to complet your afghan by the 21st of December. http://www.artoftangle.com/snowflake.htm
If you are looking for a wow factor, Coats and Clark has a pattern one gorgeous throw! Designed by crochet professional Kathyrn Eng with white snowflakes on a bright red yarn background, this jaw dropper will add a jazzy note to your couch or sofa.
Easy Yarn Snowflakes
Sometimes it’s difficult for the beginner crocheter to grasp the fine art of working with thin thread and a fine steel hook. Here is a collection of snowflakes that are worked in a worsted weight yarn and a large aluminum hook.
Dragonfly Mon of 2 worked a snowflake in Red Heart yarn that has a square back of a different color to set it off. She uses blue but green or red would be lovely. Use this piece on the tree or work a few more and turn it into a banner to drape across your mantle. I’m sure you can find many more uses for it.
Angela ‘ARNie’ Grabowski at Chez Crochet has whipped up a blizzard of 15 snowflakes in a worsted white glitter yarn to dazzle your holiday. Hang them with fishing line from your window for a festive look.
Big things come in small packages. The Crafty Lion, Gemma V., from Northern Ireland gives us this metallic snowflake which will sparkle and shine as an embellishment to any gift or scrapbook page.
A coffee cozy for you take-out java is always fun! Becky Ferris from Swirls and Sprinkles designed a “kozie” that has a crochet yarn band in color of your choice and a yarn flake that you sew onto it.
Jackie Karp of Karp Styles, uses 48 gold seed beads to give a golden shine to her snowflake.
If seed beads aren’t your forte, Attic 24 uses very colorful yarn and pony beads to make these stunners.
For the reader in your life, why not crochet a bookmark? Suzetta of Susie’s Yarnie-Stuff has a real quickie. To give it some weight she crochets around a small zinc washer.
We can all use a new hat, right? Erica Jackofsky of Fiddle Knits Designs shares her pattern for a blue cloche with a giant snowflake decoration. Beautiful!
Mary Jane Prutus is a very clever crocheter! Her mitten ornaments will delight any recipient. And, you can get up to eight of them with the materials listed.
A stunning snowflake pillow, by Nancy Anderson, will be the star on the sofa. First crochet the pillow cover, then crochet the snowflake and stitch in place.
This scarf is made in the fair isle ,tapestry or intarsia stitch. The ends have a snowflake and a star. It was designed by Deborah Bagley for the Special Olympics, but so charming, anyone could wear it.
From Fiber Doodles, a charming, whimsical ornament with a face of rosy cheeks and French Knot eyes. It’s made of thread but stuffed for a 3-D look.
U.K. designer Marika Simon has an Irish Rose Snowflake on her blog, Marika’s Place. that she has translated into both British and American terminology. You will appreciate the wonderful close-up on the finished item.
Another pattern that has both British and American Terminology is from Australian designer, Susan In Stitches. Susan crocheted a chevron pointed star to help her visualize a white Christmas.
Designs by KN interprets the snowflake with a series of picots. Called Susan’s Snowflake, it’s stiffened with a 50-50 mixture of white glue and water.