Each Christmas I give my granddaughters hand-crocheted snowflakes to hang on their Christmas trees. These snowflakes have their initials and the year embroidered on them. I started this tradition in 2013, and at least one year I made double the snowflakes, with the plan being that eventually they will have two snowflakes for every year from birth to 18 years old.
The last couple of years I have gotten smart and crocheted the snowflakes in late December, early January for the coming year, while Christmas is on my brain. It has saved some last minute scrambling, that’s for sure!
This year I chose the Snoqualmie Snowflake pattern from Snowcatcher.net, where I have found many beautiful snowflake patterns.
Liana’s 2016 Snowflakes
Fiona’s 2016 Snowflakes
I wonder what the 2017 snowflakes will look like?
Last Christmas I started a new tradition of crocheting snowflakes for my granddaughters.
Here are the 2012 snowflakes, which I will be giving the granddaughters next Christmas along with their 2014 snowflakes.
Fiona 2012 Snowflakes
Liana’s 2012 Snowflakes
I hope to continue making these throughout the coming year and get Fiona caught up (or back) to her birth year. That means I need to make six more sets of snowflakes for her. I will probably make Liana’s sets at the same time and date them for future years.
The pattern I used was Sewemup Mesa Snowflake, which I also used last December when I made these snowflakes for my niece to celebrate her first Christmas being engaged to her fiancé Alex.
You can see I embroidered their initials on one snowflake (C for Chelsea, A for Alex) and also the date of their first official Christmas together.
Sewemup Mesa Snowflake 2.5 inch snowflake
This same pattern makes a second snowflake by only crocheting the first three rounds.
I do need to figure out the best way to take photos of these snowflakes. It seems like I either have the shadow of my hands in the photo or the background isn’t quite right and therefore doesn’t capture the details of the snowflakes well. I think the best so far was the blue background I used on Chelsea’s Engagement snowflakes. Now to just remember what that was that I used!
This year I decided to begin a new tradition, crocheting snowflakes for my granddaughters. By doing one each year, they will have enough to decorate their own Christmas trees when they have their own trees. Since I began this new tradition some years after their first Christmas (one year after for Liana, seven years after for Fiona), I will be making extras to cover those missed years.
Snowflakes are fun to make; they take so little time to crochet that before you know it, you have a finished snowflake! For 2013 I chose Windom Peak Snowflake from the Snowcatcher.net website. She has a wonderful assortment of free crochet snowflake patterns that she highlights on “Snowflake Monday.”
This is Miss Munchkin’s – notice the “F” embroidered on the left snowflake and the date “13” on the right snowflake.
And here is Miss Wiggles’s, with the appropriate “L” and “13” embroidered. I know Miss Wiggles liked her snowflakes because she was trying to wear them in her hair during our Skype session Christmas day.
I will be posting more pictures of snowflakes, as I plan to keep making them throughout 2014. I already have four more made (two for each granddaughter) for 2014, although I still need to add the embroidery. And then I need two for 2012 for Miss Wiggles first Christmas and fourteen more for Miss Munchkin’s previous years. Plus I am making them for my niece, who requested 100 snowflakes as a gift when she acquires her Ph.D. That’s still a couple of years away, but I already sent her the first two!
This pattern is called Sewemup Mesa Snowflake” from the same Snowcatcher.net website. These are embroidered with the beginning initials of my niece and her fiancé, plus the year (13) to commemorate their first official Christmas together. Only 98 more to go!