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Firn

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 dense little snowflake is named for firn, which is old snow that has become granular and compacted.

Foundation ring: ch 6; join with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 1: ch 1 (counts as sc). 11 sc in ring; join with sl st in initial ch 1.
Rnd 2: ch 3 (counts as dc). dc in 1 sc. *ch 3. dc in 2 sc. Repeat from * 4 times. ch 3. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 3.
Rnd 3: ch 3 (counts as dc). dc in dc. *[2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in ch 3 space.** dc in 2 dc. Repeat from * 4 times, and from * to ** once more. Join with sl st in 3rd ch of initial ch 3.
Rnd 4: sl st in 2 dc. ch 1 (counts as sc). sc in dc. *[sc, ch 3, sc] in ch 2 point. sc in 2 dc. ch 2.** Skip 2 dc, and sc in 2 dc. Repeat from * 4 times, and from * to ** once more. Join with sl st in initial ch 1.
Rnd 5:ch 1 (counts as sc). sc in 2 sc. *[2sc, ch 4, 2 sc] in ch 3 space. sc in 3 sc. 2 sc in ch 2 space.** sc in 3 sc. Repeat from * 4 times, and from * to ** once more. Join with sl st in initial ch 1. Finish off; weave in ends.

Click here to learn more about how to block and stiffen your snowflake.

Snowflake directions reproduced with permission, from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio, courtesy of St. Martin’s Griffin 2012.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES

ch = chain dc = double crochet
rnd(s) = round(s) sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch