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Fair Isle Snowflake Christmas Ornament

by | All Designs, Crochet, Free Patterns, Home, Winter

A few years ago, I made a collection of holiday gift tags. This year, I’m sharing a collection of holiday ornaments. First up is my Fair Isle Snowflake Christmas ornament!

Fair Isle Snowflake Christmas Ornament, perfect to decorate your tree for Christmas! Free crochet pattern | 1dogwoof.com

Of course, when I think of fair isle, I automatically think of the signature snowflake, which inspired this first ornament. I found it soothing to draw this out on graph paper and see the shapes take place. Since I wasn’t sure how the crochet itself would look, I added some extra space between the ‘petals’ of the snowflake and found out later that the extra space wasn’t needed. So, there might be an updated snowflake coming soon!

Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament, free crochet pattern | 1dogwoof.com

Drawing graphs was fairly easy, but the headache kicked in when I realized I had to curve the design into a ball, and had to fit the stitches into a multiple of 6. Yes, I know it doesn’t HAVE to be a multiple of 6 or 8, but I figured a non-multiple round would just make the math harder than it already was. Here’s a picture of my notes and how I incorporated the right number of increases and decreases into the pattern. Basically, there’s 9 rounds of 72 stitches, but since my design is larger than 9 rounds, I had to work increases and decreases into the pattern without making them overly noticeable. Instead of trying to imagine the pattern, I just brute-force drew it all out.

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For this project, I used Lion Brand’s LB Collection Superwash Merino in Cherry and Ivory. I had previously used this yarn for my Granny Square shirt, and found it a joy to work with. The colors are rich and vibrant and it’s super soft. I especially liked that this is a lightweight yarn, and can provide a lot of detail in a small space, which is exactly what I needed. I think any thicker yarn would have been too chunky, and the beauty of this ornament is in the delicacy of the pattern.

Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament, free crochet pattern | 1dogwoof.com

Because there’s a very tight pattern to this ornament, I chose to crochet with seams and not crochet in a spiral. I highly recommend the No-cut method of joining my rounds, as that kept my seam in straight line, instead of it spiraling around. By using the No-cut method, I was also able to switch colors at the chain stitch of the join without any glaring jog in the pattern. I also carried my yarn along, but did not work it into the stitches, instead just leaving it loose in the back.

Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament, free crochet pattern | 1dogwoof.com

For stuffing, I tried my usual Polyfill stuffing, but it clumped when I tried to overstuff it. I ended up buying a loose cluster fiberfill from Joann that worked wonderfully. Call me silly, but I stuffed my ornament using a large funnel so that all the loose fill went straight into the ornament and not scattered all over my lap. The ornament required way more stuffing than I expected in order to really fill out that round shape, and you need the full roundness in order to appreciate the pattern!

Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament, free crochet pattern | 1dogwoof.com

I can’t wait to share the other ornaments in my collection – they’re all going to be classic designs, I hope!

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Pattern Notes

  • When changing colors, pull up the new color as the last step of the previous stitch.
  • The notation below is written in a bit of a shorthand. So, “work 6 sc in red” means to work 1 sc in each of the next 6 stitches in red, etc.
  • I find it easier to use Planet June’s No-cut method to join my rounds in this project. You can see it in this invisible stripes post, where I switch colors at the chain stitch.
  • Extra yarn is carried throughout the project, but left loose in the back and not worked into the stitches themselves.

Fair Isle Snowflake Christmas Ornament Instructions

Round 1: Working all in red. Work 6 sc into a magic circle. Join to first sc with sl st. (6)

Round 2: Ch 1. Work 2 sc into each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (12)

Round 3: Ch 1. Work [1 sc, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (18)

Round 4: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (24)

Round 5: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 3 st, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (30)

Round 6: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 4 st, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (36)

Round 7: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 5 st, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (42)

Round 8: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 6 st, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (48)

Round 9: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (48)

Round 10: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 7 st, 2 sc in next st] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (54)

Round 11: Ch 1 in red. Work 6 sc in red, 1 sc in white, switch to red. With red, work 1 sc, 2 sc in next st, 4sc. Work 1 sc in white. With red, work 3 sc, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc. Work 1 sc in white. With red, work 5 sc, 2 sc in next st. Work 1 sc in white. With red, work 6 sc. Work 1 sc in white. With red, work 1 sc, 2 sc in next st, 4 sc. Work 1 sc in white. With red, work 3 sc, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc. Work 1 sc in white. With red, work 5 sc, 2 sc in next st. Work 1 sc in white. Join to first sc with sl st. (60)

Round 12: Ch 1 in red. [Work 6 sc red, 2 sc in white, 5 sc in red, 2 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (60)

Round 13: Ch 1 in red. [With red, work 2 sc in first st, 4 sc, 2 sc in next st. Work 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 3 sc in white, switch to red. With red, work 3 sc, 2 sc in next st, 2 sc, switch to white. Work 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 3 sc in white, switch to red.] Repeat [ ] one time. Join to first sc with sl st. (66)

Round 14: Ch 1 in red. [Work 9 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] one time. Work 10 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white. Repeat [ ] one time. Work 1 sc in red. Join to first sc withs sl st. (66)

Round 15: Ch 1 in red. Work 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white, switch to red. [With red, work 2 sc in next st, 1 sc, switch to white. Work 2 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 2 sc in white, switch to red.] With red, work 1 sc, 2 sc in next st, switch to white. Work 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white. Repeat [ ] one time. Work 3 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white. Repeat [ ] one time. With red, work 1 sc, 2 sc in next st, switch to white. Work 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white. Repeat [ ] one time. Work 2 sc in red. Join to first sc with sl st. (72)

Round 16: Ch 1 in white. [Work 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 3 sc in red.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (72)

Round 17: Ch 1 in white. [Work 2 sc in white, 2 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 2 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 7 sc in red, 1 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (72)

Round 18: Ch 1 in white. [Work 1 sc in white, 2 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 2 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 2 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (72)

Round 19: Ch 1 in red. [Work 2 sc in red, 5 sc in white, 6 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 4 sc in red.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (72)

Round 20: Repeat Round 18.

Round 21: Repeat Round 17.

Round 22: Repeat Round 16.

Round 23: Ch 1 in red. [Work 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 2 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 2 sc in white, 2 sc in red.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (72)

Round 24: Ch 1 in red. Work 8 sc in red, 1 sc2tog, switch to white. [Work 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white. With red, work 1 sc2tog, 7 sc, 1 sc2tog, switch to white. Work 3 sc in white, 1 sc in red, 3 sc in white.] With red, work 9 sc, 1 sc2tog, switch to white. Repeat [ ] one time. Work 1 sc in red. Join to first sc with sl st. (66)

Round 25: Ch 1 in red. [Work 8 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 3 sc in white. Work 7 sc in red, 3 sc in white, 3 sc in red, 3 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] one time. Join to first sc with sl st. (66)

Round 26: Ch 1 in red. [With red, work 1 sc2tog, 4 sc, 1 sc2tog, switch to white. Work 2 sc in white, 5 sc in red, 2 sc in white. With red, work 3 sc, 1 sc2tog, 2 sc, switch to white. Work 2 sc in white, 5 sc in red, 2 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] one time. Join to first sc with sl st. (60)

Round 27: Ch 1 in red. [Work 6 sc in red, 1 sc in white, 7 sc in red, 1 sc in white.] Repeat [ ] three times. Join to first sc with sl st. (60)

Round 28: Working all in red. Ch 1. Work 8 sc, 1 sc2tog, 8 sc, 1 sc2tog, 7 sc, 1 sc2tog, 9 sc, 1 sc2tog, 8 sc, 1 sc2tog, 7 sc, 1 sc2tog, 1 sc. Join to first sc with sl st. (54)

Round 29: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 7 st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (48)

Round 30: Ch 1. Work 1 sc in each st around. Join to first sc with sl st. (48)

Round 31: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 6 st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (42)

Round 32: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 5 st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (36)

Round 33: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 4 st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (30)

Round 34: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 3 st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (24)

Round 35: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (18)

Round 36: Ch 1. Work [1 sc in next st, 1 sc2tog] 6x around. Join to first sc with sl st. (12)

Round 37: Ch 1. Work 6 sc2tog. Join to first sc with sl st. (6)

Cut yarn, pull through last stitch. Sew ends through front loops from inside to outside. Pull tight, fasten off, weave in ends.

Fair Isle Snowflake Ornament for Christmas and the holidays, free crochet pattern | 1dogwoof.com

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7 Comments

  1. Casey

    This is awesome! I’m going to try and make one today 🙂

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    • ChiWei

      Thank you so much!

      Reply
  2. Michelle Haner

    Hello, just tried out your pattern for this, its very lovely. I am not sure if it was me or the pattern, but Round 25 seems to be missing 3 a section of 2 white single crochet before going into the 7 red sc. I added it in and it seemed to work up fine for me. Thanks so much, I always enjoy your patterns.

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    • ChiWei

      Thanks for pointing it out! I’ve made the fix.

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      • Anna

        It would be ever so helpful if you’d show the chart
        Thanks Anna

  3. Jes

    Does this purchased pattern come with a chart?

    Reply
    • ChiWei

      I did not provide a chart for this pattern, as it gets really confusing with the different increases and decreases. I drew it out for myself and couldn’t figure out when to follow the chart, so it was easier to write it all out as text.

      Reply

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