Snowflake Crochet Afghan
Inspired by the Scandinavian Snowflake Designs seen on the Tim Hortons Coffee Cups, I wanted to capture the warmth and design in an afghan.
The afghan, designed by Michael Sellick, is versatile in allowing the crocheter to change the sizing and shape of how the hexagonal motifs join together. The pattern below will show you what to do in for the border to make sure it all comes together perfectly.
Shown in the design as Mikey has it. The sizing change be easily changed by adding or subtracting motifs out.
- 44″ wide x 56″ long
- 24 Motifis
- Each motif is 10″ diameter across points. 9.5″ across the flat sides.
- The motifs work together like a honeycomb.
- Border is an additional 2″ thickness around.
- New Sew Joining. Join as you go.
This design by Yarnspirations has been adapted from being a decoration into a full hexagonal motif that can be used for afghans.
- Size H, 5 mm Crochet Hook
- Bernat Super Value Yarn. Main Colour (MC) Natural – 3 Skeins.
- Bernat Super Value Yarn. Colour B (B) Berry Red – 3 Skeins.
Using MC, Ch 5. Join with sl st to form a ring.
- Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3). (1 dc in ring. Ch 3) 11 times. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 6.
- Sl st in ch 3 sp. Ch 1. [(1 sc. Ch 7. 1 sc) all in ch-3 sp. 2 sc in next ch-3 sp] 6 times. Join with sl st in first sl st.
- Ch 1. [Miss next sc. (2 sc. Ch 2. 3 dc. 2 tr. Ch 4. Sl st in first ch – picot 4 made. 2 tr. 3 dc. Ch 2. 2 sc) all in next ch-7 sp. Miss next sc. 1 sc in each of next 2 sc] 6 times. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off MC, weave in ends.
- Join B into the inside circle of any picot point. Ch 1, 3 sc into the same stitch. * In the next consecutive stitches, hdc into next stitch, 1 dc into each of the next 2 stitches, 1 tr into each of the next two stitches. Skip to next snow flake point and begin at the 1st dc direct across from the same position. 1 tr into next 2 stitches, 1 dc into the next 2 stitches, 1 hdc into the next, 3 sc into the middle of the picot of the point of the snowflake. Repeat * all the way around. Final side will end with a sl st to the beginning sc of the round. 78 sts.
- Sl st over to the middle of the 3 sc in any corner in the round below. Ch 1, 3 SC into the same stitch. 1 sc into each stitch across. In corners place 3 sc into middle sc of the round below. Sl st to the beginning sc. Fasten off B. 90 sts.
- Fasten on MC to the middle of the 3 sc in the round below. Ch 3, 2 dc into same st. 1 dc into each sc across. In corners, place 3 dc into middle sc. Repeat all the way around. Sl st to the top of the beginning ch 3. Fasten off MC. 102 sts.
First Motif Only
The next step is only for the first motif that is finished. It’s not attaching to any of it’s neighbours. It must be complete and the rest of the afghan will build with this motif being the foundation.
- Fasten on B to the middle of the 3 dc in any corner in the round below. Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch. * [Ch 3, skip 1 st, sc into next]. Repeat * 3 more times. Sc into next stitch and repeat [ ] 4 times.* Ch 3, skip next stitch, sc into the next and begin * – * all over again. Repeat all the way around. At the end of the round, join with a sl st to the beginning sc. Each side will have 8 ch-3 spaces. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Joining The Rest of the Motifs
The rest of the motifs will then be joined to each other as you go. The following step is how to you join them as you crochet. You will follow the same instructions as the first motif substituting the ch-3 instructions.
- Make sure the motifs have both right sides facing up as you join. This prevents a motif from appearing upside down.
- You may join up to 1 to 3 sides together with one rotation. So plan ahead.
- When I did this, I never started joining immediately, I completed one side like the first motif but then started to join on the second, third and fourth sides, finishing the fifth and 6th side like the first motif. At no point did I join 4 sides in one rotation.
- Fasten on B to the middle of the 3 dc in any corner in the round below. Ch 1, 1 sc into the same stitch. * [Ch 3, skip 1 st, sc into next]. Repeat * 3 more times. Sc into next stitch and repeat [ ] 4 times.* This will take you to the middle dc of the corner. You will begin the joining starting from this point.
- If you are joining the next side or any additional sides, you will substitute Ch-3 instructions with the following. *Ch 1, Sl St around same ch-3 space in the motif you are joining to, ch 1. You will follow the instructions. The Sl St is acting as permanent join each time you need it.
- Do the joining element for each side you need it and then return back to doing it like the first motif when there is nothing to join to.
Final Border Around
I’ve designed this in a way that you can change the orientation of the hexagons and make it work for you. The key is to look what corners look less than 180 degrees and what corners look more than 180 degrees.
In the picture to the right, you will see the joins between the motifs create a corner than is less than 180 degrees, whereas the corners that appear on the top points of a motif create a corner that is more than 180 degrees. Once you can see the difference, the border is simple now matter what shape you make your afghan.
Identifying this is key for making the rest of the afghan instructions simple to follow along. Below are two pictures illustrating what the difference is.
- Fasten on with MC where I have indicated in the picture above for where right handers or left handers should start. Ch 3, 2 dc in the same space. 3 dc in the next space, which is the opposite side of the corner.Now follow the border around putting in 2 dc into each ch-3 space and make judgement calls in each space where the corners are. Where the corners are less than 180 degrees, simply continue to put in 2 dc into each space as you jump over to the next motif. If the corner is more than 180 degrees, put 3 DC into each space on both sides of the centre point of the corner. Continue around following this guideline and join to the top of beginning Ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off MC.
- Fasten on Colour B. Fasten onto any stitch near a corner that is over 180 degrees. It doesn’t matter which corner as your stitch counts will be in balance. Ch 1, sc into the space stitch, *Ch 1, skip next stitch and sc into the next. Continue around *. Join to beginning sc and fasten off Colour B.
- Fasten onto any Ch -1 space. Ch 1, (1 sc. Ch 4. Sl st in 3rd ch from hook.
Ch 1. 1 sc – extended picot made) in same sp as last sl st. Skip next sc. *Extendedpicot in next ch-1 sp. Skip next sc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off