5 free snowflake patterns to crochet

Five of the Easiest Wire Crochet Snowflake Patterns Ever

How sweet are these wire snowflakes? I crocheted them last year, and never got around to writing up the crochet snowflake patterns! 

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Last December, I hung a cluster of them above our dining table, like a faux-chandelier. While they don’t look like much up close, from a (slight) distance, glinting in the low winter sun, they look lovely (if I do say so myself!) 

I think wire snowflakes are a nice balance between the modern and traditional. While of course they’re handmade, they look more boutique than your average… granny square.

That’s right. These crocheted snowflake patterns are based on granny squares.

Want to make your own? I’ve written up the pattern for five of them. Once you’ve made a couple, you won’t need a pattern (promise!) and you’ll be making your own variations.

 

Five Crochet Snowflake Patterns

I’ve arranged them in order from dead-easy to slightly harder, so if you’re unsure, just make them in order. But really, they’re so simple you shouldn’t have any issues. They’re all variations on a similar pattern, so I’ve only taken one series of step-by-step pics.

crochet snowflake patterns out of wire

 

As always, I’m using American crochet terms (’cause that’s how I learned to crochet). See this page on techniques for an explanation of any terms you’re unsure of.

What you need:

  • Fine gauge craft wire. I bought mine from the local art supplies shop and it’s sadly lacking in details – it was literally unlabelled. If possible, take yourself to a physical shop and gently test the wires for pliability. I snapped a pic of it next to fingering weight yarn for comparison:Wire to use for crochet
    You can see the yarn has “flopped” onto the table. The wire is much thinner, yet holds its shape.
  • A 4.5mm metal crochet hook. Wire may scratch your hook if it’s got a coloured finish, and will definitely damage a plastic hook. I used my heftiest metal hook. 
  • Sturdy scissors for snipping wire.
  • Sewing thread for hanging and tape for taping if you want to display your wire snowflakes as I have. 

Granny Crochet Snowflake

This snowflake is just the first round of a granny square! It really couldn’t be much simpler. 

granny square crochet snowflake pattern

This is the only snowflake pattern I’ve created step-by-step images for. Flick through the tutorial, or follow the written instructions below.

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  1. Chain 6, join with a slip stitch (Sl) to form a ring. (This is slightly larger than the chain of a usual granny square, as the stiff wire isn’t as easy to work into as flexible yarn!)
  2. Chain 3 (counts as one double crochet). Double crochet (DC) twice into the ring (first cluster complete) *chain 3, DC 3 times into the ring* repeat 3 times. Slip stitch (SL) to the top of the first chain to complete the round. You will have four clusters separated by chain spaces.
  3. Snip off the wire and twist it into a hook for hanging, and pinch the chains into points. That’s it!

Lacey Crochet Snowflake

This snowflake is very similar to the one above, but the longer chain spaces give it a lacey look.

Make a simple crochet out of wire

  1. Chain 6, join with a slip stitch (SL) to form a ring.
  2. Chain 3 (counts as one double crochet). Double crochet (DC) twice into the ring (first cluster complete) *chain 7, DC 3 times into the ring* repeat 3 times. SL to the top of the first chain to complete the round. You will have 4 clusters separated by long chain spaces.
  3. Snip wire and twist it into a hook. Pinch the outer loops into points.

Chain Crochet Snowflake

Unlike the other crochet snowflake patters, this one doesn’t use any double crochets. Instead, it’s formed from a series of chains.

A simple crochet snowflake made of wire

  1. Chain 7. Slip stitch to the furthest stitch from hook. Chain 7 and slip stitch to previous slip stitch twice. You have three loops of seven stitches each.
  2. Chain 7. Slip stitch to the centre of the next loop. Repeat five times. You have six loops.
  3. Snip wire and twist it into a hook. Pinch the outer loops into points.

Flowery snowflake

Doesn’t this snowflake remind you of a flower? Or of those fat, wet snowflakes that portent a perfect day of skiing!

 

A crochet snowflake pattern which looks like a flower

  1. Chain 6, join with a slip stitch (SL) to form a ring.
  2. Chain 3 (counts as one double crochet). *Double crochet (DC), chain 1 into the ring* 13 times.
  3. Chain 5 (counts as SC, and a chain of 3), skip 1 chain space, SL to next chain space. *Chain 3, skip 1 DC, SL to next DC* 6 times.
  4. Snip wire and twist it into a hook.

Elaborate crochet snowflake

Of all these crochet snowflake patterns, this one looks the most elaborate… but it’s actually almost as easy as the rest. It’s a combination of snowflakes 1 and 2!

 

Elaborate crochet snowflake pattern

  1. Chain 6, join with a slip stitch (SL) to form a ring.
  2. Chain 3 (counts as one double crochet). Double crochet (DC) twice into the ring (first cluster complete) *chain 7, DC three times into the ring* repeat 4 times. SL to the top of the first chain to complete the round. You will have 5 clusters separated by long chain spaces.
  3. *Chain 10, SL to centre stitch of next cluster. Chain 5, and SL in the same stitch.* repeat 4 times.
  4. Snip wire and twist it into a hook. Pinch all chains into points.

How to Deal With the Starting Tail

These crochet snowflake patterns are finished by snipping the wire and twisting into a hook for hanging. But how to deal with the starting tail? Simple. Either snip it off short and fold it into the first round, or carry it up the back of the work and twist into a hook with the final tail. Trust me: once you try it it’s as easy as pie.

No wire? No problem.

If you want to make these crochet snowflake patterns from yarn, I would recommend sizing your hook down for a slightly firmer fabric. Stretch the finished pieces out on a plastic surface (the lid of an ice cream container would be good for this) and brush with a 50/50 mix of PVA (school) glue and water, pull them into shape and leave to dry. You’ll need to add a hook – try a paper clip! 

If you make these, I’d love to see them! Tag me on instagram with any finished creations! 

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