Snowflake Potholder / Doily

I’ve been wanting to do something with a snowflake for a little while now. At first I was thinking I would make a scarf out of it, but then I decided not to, so I guess it will be a great potholder or doily!

I found this pattern and decided to give it a try. I had a hard time following this pattern (to be fair, it is the most complicated one I’ve done so far). I am still not sure I did it right, but it turned out okay. I am going to copy the pattern here with a few adaptations / explanations that will hopefully make it easier for you than it was for me. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Here is how it turned out:

Snowflake Potholder / Doily

Snowflake Potholder / Doily Pattern:

Hook size: 5 mm (Crochet Hook Challenge: 2/14) — to make a smaller version, use a smaller hook (and a lighter weight yarn)

Yarn weight: Light worsted – worsted weight (France size 4)

Yarn amount:  <50 g (2 oz)

Stitches Used:
Ch = chain
Sl-st = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
V-Stitch = DC, ch-1, DC (into same stitch or space)
Double-V-Stitch = 2DC, ch-2, 2DC (into same stitch or space)
Triple-V-Stich = 3DC, ch-3, 3DC (into same stitch or space)

Note: In this pattern, you will notice that sometimes it says to crochet between stitches. This means that instead of crocheting into  the top part of the previous row’s stitches as you normally do, you are going to crochet in the larger opening just below it. This concept is explained more in detail in this series of photos and/or in this video.

Ch-6. Sl-st to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch-3. 15 DC into ring. Sl-st to top of beg ch-3. (16 DC made).

Round 2: Sl-st between first two DC of round 1. Ch-4, then DC in the same space (counts as first V-stitch). *Skip next 2DC and V-Stitch between DCs.* Repeat from * to * 6 times. Sl-st to 3rd ch of beg ch-4. (8 V-Stitches made).

Round 3: Sl-st to the ch-1 space of the first V-Stitch from round 2. (Ch-3, DC, ch-2, 2DC) into same Ch-1 space (first Double-V-Stitch made). *Double-V-Stitch in next ch-1 space.* Repeat from * to * 6 times. Sl-st to top of beg ch-3. (8 Double-V-Stitches made).

Round 4: Sl-st to the ch-2 space of the first Double-V-Stitch from round 3. (Ch-3, 2DC, ch-3, 3DC) into same ch-2 space (first Triple-V-Stitch made). *Triple-V-Stitch into next ch-2 space.* Repeat from * to * 6 times. Sl-st to top of beg ch-3. (8 Triple-V-Stitches made).

Round 5: Sl-st to the ch-3 space of the first Triple-V-Stitch from round 4. (Ch-3, 3DC, ch-2, 4DC) into the same ch-3 space (corner made). *8DC in next ch-3 space (side made). (4DC, ch-2, 4DC) in next ch-3 space.* Repeat from * to * 2 times. 8 DC in the last ch-3 space. Sl-st to top of beg ch-3. (4 corners & 4 sides made).

Round 6: Sl-st to the first corner ch-2 space. (Note: with the exception of the corners, where you will be working into the chain spaces, all other stitches in this round are worked BETWEEN the stitches… this is what will give the previous round the spikey/snowflake-like appearance).

(Ch-3, DC, ch-2, 2DC) in the same corner space. *Now, do a SC between, the next 2 sts, HDC between the following two sts, and DC between the next two sts. DC between the group of 4 DC and 8 DC. Working between the stitches of the next 8 DC, you will do the following 7 stitches. DC, HDC, SC, SC, SC, HDC, DC. Now DC between the group of 8 and the next group of 4. Between the next 4 DC, you will DC, HDC, SC respectively. This takes you to the next corner ch-2 space. (2DC, ch-2, 2DC) in the corner space.* Repeat from * to * for each side. Sl-st to top of beg ch-3.

Round 7: Sl-st to any corner ch-2 space. (Ch-3, DC, ch-2, 2DC) in same space. DC in each st from previous row. In each corner ch-2 space (2DC, ch-2, 2DC). Continue around square. Sl-st to top of beg ch-3.

Round 8: Ch-3, dc in all stitches. (Note: The original pattern ended after Round 7, put I decided to do one more round so that the border would be thicker and also so that the finished product would be more square).

Tie off and weave in ends.

And there you have it! Let the crocheting begin!

Allison

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