Hello Everyone! First of all, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, and have plans for a fun and festive New Year’s Eve and Day! I think the hubby and I are going out to dinner, and then keeping it low-key and snuggling up with our puppy to watch the countdown on TV.
I’m popping by today to share a crochet snowflake garland. This is a pretty simple crochet project, but it makes a big impact. It would be a perfect replacement for those Christmas decorations you’re starting to put away. I don’t know about you, but I like to have “winter” decorations up after Christmas – themed decorations just make life more fun, don’t you think?
You Will Need:
- 2 balls of Red Heart Shimmer Yarn in Snow
- 1 pack of Lion Brand Bonbons (I used the Celebrate color pack) for the centers
- Crochet hooks (smaller for the snowflakes and larger for the garland)
- Yarn needle
Start off with a stack of snowflakes. I used Purl Bee’s Snowflower pattern**, and made 14. Seven large, with two rounds of white, and seven small, with one round of white. I did one large and one small in each center color (except purple – and purple is actually my favorite color, but I somehow forgot to use it). I also used two strands of yarn for the centers, because the bonbons yarn is kind of thin. (**I made some mods to the pattern, scroll to the end to see them)
Don’t crochet a loop at the end of your snowflake. Instead, just crochet a long chain. You’ll also want to leave the last stitch “live,” with a longish tale so that you can change how high or low the snowflakes dangle by adding or subtracting stitches.
Now get your garland ready. I used one strand of each color of bonbons yarn (again, except the purple) and crocheted a chain 6 to 7 feet long.
And once you have your snowflakes and your long chain all ready to go, you can attach your snowflakes. I went for the no-rhyme-or-reason route, but it would also look really pretty with all the snowflakes evenly spaced, and alternating between large and small.
To attach, line up the open stitch and the back of the garland. Then, use a yarn needle to thread the white yarn tail behind the V shaped multi-colored stitch. Now, bring the tail down and through the open snowflake stitch, and pull tight. Weave the tail in, working down the chain of white stitches towards the snowflake. (I hope this makes sense – I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of it.)
Now, hang that sucker up, stand back and admire your handy work. Fabulous!
I am a rather new crocheter, and this pattern was a bit hard for me. I had to make some adjustments to get the snowflakes to lie flat – my first attempts were very wavy, as if there were too many stitches in the round. Here’s what I did:
- Use a larger hook for the center (I used a G/6 – 4.25mm), and a smaller hook for the white (F/5 – 3.75mm)
- Use 3 double crochets in each popcorn stitch instead of 4.
- I also only cast on 8 stitches to begin with (instead of 11) just because I’m lazy and didn’t want to crochet that many stitches for each snowflake. :P