Granny stars and snowflakes

A random crochet post in the middle of stuff. lol

Boo had asked me for a pink and black hat for Christmas to match her scarf that I’d made her.

Somehow I don’t think this hat is quite what she was expecting… lol

Right now, I’ve mostly been messing around with a couple of shrugs altering a pattern I’d used for one for Boo for school because she didn’t like any of the sweaters we could find in navy for school uniform requirements.

And also playing around with small hearts and flowers for portable, short time to kill boredom.

I made a bunch of stars and snowflakes just playing around in november and december… but as I went on, the further I got from the original patterns… so I wanted to write out what I’d actually finished with doing… rather than having to try to remember what I’d changed.

I’m putting this here mainly because I’m looking for somewhere that I’ll remember where it’s at next year. lol

Stars:
Start with magic loop for closed center, ch6 ring for open.Into ring, make 5 clusters of 3dc, 3ch (3ch for first dc).
Sl to close the round, then sl in each stitch to the next gap of chains.

Into gap, make 3dc, 3ch, 3dc (3ch for first dc).
Before moving on to the next gap, hdc in the center of the cluster of stitches from the previous round to anchor the star indention.
Move to next gap, make 3 dc, 3 ch, 3dc, and repeat for each of the other gaps.
Sl to close the round, then sl in each stitch to the next gap of chains.
(If ending with small star, sl to the ch in the middle of the gap space, and tie off here with a loop to attach/hang. Otherwise, continue.)

Into gap, make 4dc, 4ch, 4dc (3ch for first dc).
Before moving on to the next gap, sc between the 1first and second stitches from the previous round, and again between the second and third.
Move to next gap, make 4dc, 4ch, 4dc, and repeat for each of the other gaps.
Sl to close the round. Sl to the ch in the middle of the gap space, and tie off here with a loop to attach/hang.

Snowflakes:
Start with magic loop for closed center, ch6 ring for open.Into ring, make 5 clusters of 3dc, 3ch (3ch for first dc).
Sl to close the round, then sl in each stitch to the next gap of chains.

Into gap, make 3dc, 3ch, 3dc (3ch for first dc).

ONLY if this is the last round to make a small snowflake, before moving on to the next gap, hdc in the center of the cluster of stitches from the previous round to anchor the star indention. OTHERWISE, move directly to next gap.

Move to next gap, make 3 dc, 3 ch, 3dc, and repeat for each of the other gaps.
Sl to close the round, then sl in each stitch to the next gap of chains.

(If ending with small snowflake, sl to the ch in the middle of the gap space, and tie off here with a loop to attach/hang. Otherwise, continue.)

Into gap, make 4dc, 4ch, 4dc (3ch for first dc).

Before moving on to the next gap, sc between the 1first and second stitches from the previous round, and again between the second and third.
(If you don’t want the indention between the sections to be as wide or are continuing to a very large snowflake by adding another round, can hcd into the center stitch instead.)

Move to next gap, make 4dc, 4ch, 4dc, and repeat for each of the other gaps.
Sl to close the round. Sl to the ch in the middle of the gap space, and tie off here with a loop to attach/hang.

Optional: for supersized snowflake, add an additional round, with 5dc, 5 ch, 5dc.

Some notes for stars and snowflakes:
I wrote this out the general method, which uses dc for all of the clusters. But, I don’t always make them using that method, particularly the snowflakes.
I actually prefer to use triple crochet for the clusters going into the center circle, dc for the next round, and hdc for the outside round.
Or, if my aim is a smaller size, stay with the dc for center, hdc for next round, and sc for outside.
This opens up the center a lot more, and makes the edges more firm… which helps a lot with the snowflakes.

With the snowflakes (could also do with stars), I also play around a bit with one less or one more that the usual count on the sections of chain stitches. This opens or closes the holes more in the final product, but with doing it in each of the 6 sets in that round, it can really make your size a lot smaller or larger when you are ready to go to the next round, so I really don’t recommend adding or reducing more than 1 per set of chains.

If you are hanging these somewhere, and want them to stay a bit more flat, you can spray them very lightly with spray starch. I don’t… and they still do fine, they just have a bit of a softer look.

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