The inspiration for the pins was from 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio. This book has beautiful photos, patterns, charts for an amazing variety of crochet snowflakes. And it’s a great way to get started on designing your own crochet snowflakes.
I used a white cotton yarn—Tahki cotton to be exact, but any cotton yarn will work. After I crocheted the snowflakes, I needed to stiffen them. You can buy fabric stiffener, but I made a mixture of 1 part Tacky Glue to 1 part water. I made sure the snowflakes was thoroughly saturated and then gently wrung out the excess and flattened out the snowflake on a piece of wax paper and let dry for about 24 hours. You can pin the snowflake into shape if you want. You can see in the photo that I did this with one of them. I just put a piece of cardboard underneath the wax paper and pinned into that.
When the snowflakes are completely dry, you can sew the pin backing on. I just used standard white sewing thread. After sewing, I also added some Tacky Glue for extra security. Voila!
You can make some great snowflakes from the book I mentioned above. But here is the pattern for the snowflake that I made, inspired by all the designs in the book:
Make an adjustable ring (or a foundation chain of 5 or 6 with a slip stitch to join to make a ring will work too)
Round 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, join with slip stitch to beginning ch-1.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in next sc, ch 3,*dc in next 2 sc, ch 3; repeat from * around , join with a slip stitch to first sc.
Round 3: Ch 1 (counts as sc), *ch 5 and slip stitch in 4th ch from hook , ch 6 and slip stitch in 6th chain from hook, ch 5 and slip stitch in 5th ch from hook, slip stitch in 1st ch of the ch-5, sc in next dc, (2 sc, ch 6, 2 sc in ch-3 space, sc in next dc; repeat from * around, join with slip stitch to beginning ch-1. Fasten off.