We're featuring 10 designs from the book 100
Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio in our StitchFinder
under "Crochet Snowflake." To help you make the most of these
wonderful designs, we're excited to share the following excerpt,
courtesy of St. Martin's Griffin.
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here to view it on Amazon.
To make your snowflake flat, neat, and symmetrical (and to ensure
that it stays that way during hanging), it is necessary to block
and stiffen it.
|1 Make a blocking board. Copy or trace the
blocking diagram shown here onto a sheet of paper, and tape
it to a flat piece of corrugated cardboard, cork board, or
any other rigid, pin-friendly material, such as Styrofoam.
Then cover it with plastic wrap, so that it will be
||Click on the chart to the left to enlarge
it. Go to the File menu in your browser and click "Print"
to open up your print menu.
Alternately, hit Ctrl+P (⌘+P on Macs) to open up the print
||2 Soak the snowflake with heavy laundry
starch, fabric stiffener, or (for applications that do not
require a stiff snowflake) water. Gently squeeze out any
excess liquid, and press the snowflake approximately to
||3 Lay the snowflake on the blocking board, on
the center of the blocking diagram. Use the diagram's lines
as guides to aid in symmetrical placement of the snowflake’s
arms, and adjust the snowflake until it is flat and even,
with straight arms and neat loops.
||4 Secure the snowflake to the board with
straight pins. Let it dry completely before removing it.