Yarn: We recommend Bonbons in Beach or Nature (our 100% cotton variety packs) for the snowflakes, since each snowflake motif does not use up a lot of yarn.
Hook: Start with an E-4 (3.50 mm) or F-5 (3.75 mm) hook. Switch to a larger or smaller hook if you prefer your snowflake to be looser or denser.
With all of our StitchFinder motifs, you may use any yarn you choose and its recommended hook/needle size as a starting point. They are meant to be generic designs that can be incorporated into your creations however you choose.
This design is named for a Russian term referring to ground that has been frozen for more than one season.
Foundation ring: ch 6; join with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 1: ch 1 (counts as first sc). 11 sc in ring; join with sl st in initial ch 1.
Rnd 2: ch 5 (counts as tr). tr in same stitch as last sl st (the stitch that joined Rnd 1). 2 tr in sc. *ch 2. 2 tr in each of the next 2 sc. Repeat from * 4 times. ch 2. Join with sl st in 5th ch of initial ch 5.
Rnd 3: ch 2 (counts as hdc). *sc in 2 tr. hdc in 1 tr. [dc, tr, ch 2, tr, dc] in ch 2 point.** hdc in 1 tr. Repeat from * 4 times, and from * to ** once more. Join with sl st in 2nd ch of initial ch 2.
Rnd 4:ch 1 (counts as sc). sc in 1 sc. *ch 7, and sl st in 4th ch from hook to form picot. ch 8, and sl st in 8th ch from hook. ch 4, and sl st in 4th ch from hook. sl st in 3rd and 2nd ch of ch 7. ch 1. sc in next sc. sc in hdc, in dc, and in tr. 2 sc in ch 2 point. ch 4 and sl st in 4th ch from hook. 2 sc in same ch 2 point.** sc in tr, in dc, in hdc, and in 1 sc. Repeat from * 4 times, and from * to ** once more. sc in tr, and in dc. Join with sl st in initial ch 1. Finish off; weave in ends.
Snowflake directions reproduced with permission, from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio, courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin 2012.