Celtic Crochet Snowflake

White and silver celtic crochet snowflake made with several easy celtic knots and white cotton crochet thread hanging on a Christmas tree with lights and a red ornament ball

Celtic Crochet Snowflake

This Celtic Crochet Snowflake looks stunning on a Christmas tree! At first glance you may think it is too complicated to attempt but I encourage you to look again. If you examine the Celtic Crochet Snowflake closely, you will notice that all 6 “spokes” are the same! These spokes are made out of 2 easy-to-crochet cords and basic stitches. Once you create all of the spokes you just assemble them with some glue and add a round of simple chain stitches for the delicate edging. I LOVE how this project turned out and I enjoyed each step of the process.

Now there is a step-by-step video tutorial of this project on my Youtube Channel here (or you can scroll down and watch it below).

Main Features of the Celtic Crochet Snowflake

I am calling this crochet Christmas project the “Celtic Star Snowflake”. Each year for the past 3 years I have created a new Celtic Knot snowflake design. (In fact, it has become a ‘tradition’ to work on these designs while at our Regional Irish Dance Competition in late November!) Click here, here and here to see the other snowflake patterns which can all be purchased in my Etsy Shop. But this special snowflake I am offering for FREE right here on the blog!

All white Celtic crochet snowflake laying on a brown wooden background

As described above, this Celtic crochet snowflake has several repeating parts that are easy to crochet and weave especially with the Celtic Knot diagram I am including for you. (I even have a special diagram just for Left-Handers!) The snowflake has a simple hexagon motif for its center and then a pretty edging made mostly of chains for the last round. You’ll also want to stiffen this Celtic crochet snowflake so that it looks its best. If you’ve never stiffened one of your crochet projects before then I suggest you make this your first one! It’s easy and the results are so worth it! I even have a video tutorial on my Youtube channel to show you how I like to stiffen my crochet projects made with thread. Click here to watch that!

Stitches You Need to Know to Make this Unique Crochet Snowflake

Most of the stitches used in this Celtic Crochet Snowflake are basic single crochets! You will also need to know how to do a double crochet, slip stitch and chain. That’s it! I love how you can use the basics of crochet to make something so unique and pretty. Of course, working with the thin thread can be challenging until you get the hang of it so I recommend practicing the pattern with some medium weight yarn and a size 5.5mm hook. When you do start working with the cotton crochet thread, I also recommend having plenty of light (bright sunlight is the best) and time.

Ad-Free Large-Print Pattern PDF Available Now in my Pattern Shop!

Now you can purchase an ad-free large-print pattern PDF of this project! Click here (or the image above) to purchase – instructions include several color photos, Celtic Knot diagrams, and the links to video tutorials. PDF is instantly downloadable and printable!

Crochet Snowflake with celtic knots laying on a brown piece of wood

Skill Level: Easy

Measurements: Approximately 7″ from point to point

All supplies you need to crochet the celtic crochet snowflake - cotton thread, crochet hook, silver thread, hot glue gun, needles and stitch markers

Supplies for the Celtic Crochet Snowflake:

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Size 10 cotton crochet thread (white) – (I used Aunt Lydia’s Size 10 Cotton Crochet Thread)

Silver metallic embroidery thread (I used DMC Metallic Perle Cotton Size 5)

1.5 mm crochet hook (I love using this hook because it has a silicone handle that prevents my hand from cramping)

2 stitch markers

Embroidery needle

Jumbo Tapestry Needle

Printout of Celtic Knot Diagram (Click here for diagrams)

Corkboard (6″ x 6″)

20-30 straight sewing pins

Hot glue gun and glue sticks (or craft glue)

Fabric stiffener (or white glue)

Square of aluminum foil (8″ x 8″)

Rust-proof straight pins

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Notes:

Several cords are crocheted and then woven into 6 Celtic Knot sections (“spokes”) using the Celtic Knot diagram

These Celtic Knot sections are hot glued to the center crocheted hexagon motif

Then one round of simple crochet stitches is added around the entire snowflake shape

Lastly the snowflake is stiffened

Instructions are given for the 2-color version (Mostly white with silver accents) – for 1-color version simply follow all directions with one color and eliminate the edging for the Oval Cords

Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Back bar of the Chain = When looking at the right side of a chain, you see many “V’s” and the chain looks like a braid. Turn the chain over and you see a series of bumps – it is in these bumps that you will work across the chain to produce a cord with even edges along both sides

Click here to watch a short video tutorial on this technique

Back Loop Only = Insert hk only into the back lp at the top of the stitch

Click here to watch a short video tutorial of this technique

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into st, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Sc (single crochet) = Insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk

Ch-2 picot = ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hk

Ch = chain  

Sp = space

Hk = hook

Lp = loop

Sk = skip

RS = Right Side

Step-by-step Video Tutorial Now Available!

Now you can see a demonstration on each step of this project from crocheting the cords to weaving the knot and stiffening the shape plus a whole bunch of practical tips along the way!

Instructions for the Celtic Crochet Snowflake:

All special stitches are written in bold and italicized text & defined above

Rounds 1 and 2 of the snowflake project made with double crochet stitches and making a hexagon shape

Center Hexagon

With Silver thread ch 5 – sl st in 1st ch to form ring

Round 1:

Ch 2, 2 dc in ring; (ch 2, 3 dc in ring) 5 times around; ch 2, sl st in top of starting ch-2. Fasten off.

Round 2: 

With White thread sl st in any ch-2 sp; ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in same sp; ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 1) in each ch-2 sp around; sl st in top of starting ch-2. Fasten off.

One oval cord used in the spokes of the Celtic Crochet Snowflake

Oval Cord – Make 6:

*Mark each ch-1 sp with a stitch marker*

Ch 22

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of next 5 chs; (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; sc in each of next 10 chs; (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; sc in each of next 3 chs. Fasten off.

The steps of the oval cord before sewn together

Edging:

With Silver thread and working in back loop only, join with sl st to first st of cord; work sl st across cord; Work (sl st, ch 1, sl st) in each ch-1 sp (that is marked with a stitch marker); Fasten off.

Join ends of cord together using yarn tails and embroidery needle

Weave in ends

The long cord crocheted with white thread and a 1.5mm crochet hook on a brown wooden background

Long Cord – Make 6:

With White thread ch 54

Working in the back bar of the chain, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each of next 26 chs; (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch; sc in each of next 25 chs. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends

Optional: Wet block all 12 cord pieces and let dry completely overnight

(This step will help your cords lay flat and look their best – plus, it can also make it easier to weave the Celtic Knots)

How to Wet Block:

Wet all cords with cold water so soaked through

Press out excess water with a clean towel

Lay out cords on dry towel and flat surface pulling out spaces and stitches so lay flat and evenly;  Let dry completely – you may want to use pins and the corkboard to help cords lay nicely

All the weaving supplies for the celtic crochet snowflake

Weaving Celtic Knots:

Print out Celtic Knot diagram (See list of supplies)

(Note: There are 2 diagrams – one for Right-Handers and one for Left-Handers – make sure to print out the correct one! 😊)

Pin knot diagram to corkboard

**You will use one of the Celtic Knot snowflake “spokes” on the diagram to weave all 6 spokes**

Placing the oval cord on the diagram

Make sure Right Side of oval cord is facing

Pin oval cord shape onto diagram on red path lining up points

Placing the long cord on the Celtic Knot diagram

With Right Side facing pin long cord onto diagram matching up point with point on Celtic Knot spoke

Weaving one side of the long cord on the diagram using pins to hold in place
Weaving the other side of the long cord using a needle to help

Weave long cord lengths along the path of the Celtic Knot making sure to pass correctly either over or under according to the diagram – you may find it helpful to use a tapestry needle to thread the cord over and under the other cords

Gluing the joins with a hot glue gun

Using hot glue gun, glue cord crossings in place

Remove Celtic Knot spoke from diagram

Repeat the above process with all oval and long cords until you have 6 Celtic Knot “spokes”

Finishing and Assembly of the Celtic Crochet Snowflake:

Assembling the Snowflake:

**You will use the entire Celtic Knot Snowflake diagram to assemble all of the “spokes” into the completed snowflake**

Gluing all the Celtic Knot spokes onto the center hexagon motif

Lay Center Hexagon in center of diagram with Right Side facing down – make sure to line up the ch-2 sps with points on diagram

Lay Celtic Knot spokes with Right Sides down around Center Hexagon

Hot glue ends of long cords to back sides of 3-dc groups around last round of the Center Hexagon – make sure cord lengths are even and the shape of the spokes are as desired

Snowflake put together with wrong side facing - all spoked glued in place

Optional – Adding Edging around entire Snowflake:

**You will notice that for some of the instructions below there is a range of the number of ch stitches to make  – this range is so that you can adjust how many chains are crocheted based on how long that section of the “spoke” is – each ch-sp needs to reach from one crossing to the next; Often these sections vary slightly in length**

Close up photo of one spoke showing Celtic Knots and edging stitches

With Silver thread join with sl st in 4th st from first cord crossing on any spoke;

*Ch 4, sl st at next crossing;

Ch 7-8, sl st at next crossing;

Ch 4-6, ch-2 picot, ch 4-6;

Sl st in ch-1 sp at top point;

Ch 4, ch-2 picot, ch 4;

Sl st in same ch-1 sp at top point;

Ch 4-6, ch-2 picot, ch 4-6;

Sl st at next crossing;

Ch 7-8, sl st at next crossing;

Ch 4, sk next 4 sts;

Sl st in next st; ch 1-2,

Sl st in adjacent st on next spoke; *

Repeat from* to * around ending with ch 1-2, sl st in 1st sl st of round.

Getting ready to stiffen celtic crochet snowflake with fabric stiffener, pins, corkboard and aluminum foil

Stiffening the Snowflake:

Lay square of aluminum foil onto corkboard

Lay completed snowflake Right Side down onto aluminum foil

Apply stiffener onto Wrong Side of all cords and stitches

Pin all points and pull apart all spaces so even

Celtic Crochet Snowflake drying with pins and stiffener stretching project into shape

Let dry completely overnight

For extra stiffness, apply another coat of stiffener

(For tips on how to best stiffen your crochet projects, watch this short video tutorial here)

Cut an 8” length of white or silver thread

Thread through ch-sp at one of the spoke points and tie in an overhand knot for hanger

All white crochet snowflake hanging from a holly bush

Your Celtic Crochet Snowflake is Complete!

And there you have it – your Celtic Star Snowflake is complete! I hope you enjoyed making this project. How did you do with the pattern? Was it easier than you expected? I hope so! I LOVE how my snowflakes turned out and love how they look amongst my other Christmas decorations. I was thinking that they would look pretty with an icy blue edging, too! Another idea is that after you stiffen the snowflake, you can paint a thin layer of the stiffener on the Right Side of the snowflake and sprinkle on some iridescent fine glitter (before the stiffener dries).

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Thank you for stopping by! Merry Christmas!

(Don’t forget to pin the image below so you don’t forget where you found this pattern!)

Happy crocheting!

Jennifer

Long pinterest image of celtic crochet snowflake hanging on a Christmas tree

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107 thoughts on “Celtic Crochet Snowflake

  1. beautiful!!
    Can’t wait to try it!!!
    (I think this is what my grown kids will get as their ornament this year!!!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    MERRY CHRISTAM AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  2. This is absolutely stunning!!! I love crocheting with thread and smaller yarn. I can’t wait until I can make this one but that has to wait for now (maybe) lol. Thank you for the free pattern. Have a Merry Christmas

  3. Thank you for the beautiful design. I plan on making it for my annual Christmas ornament gift for my six grandchildren for next year.

    1. What a wonderful idea! I love your tradition for your grandchildren – they will have such beautiful treasures of your handwork! How special that this snowflake will be one of them. 🙂

  4. Just joined your blog and I just love your patterns! Your tutorials are awesome! I can’t wait to try this snowflake. Have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. So glad to hear that my tutorials are helpful to you! Thank you for your comment and wishes. Merry Christmas to you, too! 🙂

  5. This looks so classy and intricate. I’m going to try and make one just to see if it can be that simple when it looks so difficult xxx

    1. Thank you! I think you’ll see it is really not difficult – hope so! You can always email me with any questions – I am happy to help. 🙂

  6. Hi Jennifer,
    My Mum taught me to crochet at the age of 9. Wow, I cried I couldn’t get it, then Mum quoted the story of Bruce the spider, who tried lots of times to weave a web, if Bruce can do it! at 74 years crochet is a joy in my life.
    thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your patterns.
    Cheers. Sonia.

    1. Hi Sonia! Thank you for sharing your story – I loved to read it! It is inspiring to hear that at 74 crochet is still a joy in your life.🙂 You are welcome for the patterns. Happy crocheting!

    1. Thank you! (Thank you also for persevering with the comment – both worked but I am just including one here 🙂 )

  7. OMG!!!! I love this pattern!!! I was going to try to make at least one of each of your snowflakes this year but time & a few other things have gotten in the way. I am going to start this one tomorrow! Then I will work on the others afterwards. Thank you so much for this pattern.

    Merry Christmas,
    Trish Mickelsen

  8. I like snow flakes and this is one of the most beautiful ones I have seen. It looks so complicated, but reading the instruction, I think I can crochet this one. I want to Thank You for all of all of your lovely crochet patterns you gift to people. I am very grateful. I think we are all winners!!
    Beverly

    1. Awww – Thank you for your comment and kind words! Remember there is a video tutorial, too to help you. 🙂

    1. Thank you! I think you’ll do just fine with the pattern – make sure to watch the video tutorial if you need any help 🙂

  9. I love all your beautiful designs. My main interest is the snowflakes.. One more flake to your exceptional collection,

  10. I love snow and snowflakes. And although snowflakes may all be different, most patterns for them are not. So I was very pleased to find some new and interesting ones. Thank you for sharing.

  11. At first it looks so complex, but the stitches look mostly basic. I think I can do it, I’m going to try. Thank you for such a beautiful design.

    1. You are welcome! I think you can do it – I hope you have fun with it. Please email if you have any questions 🙂

  12. I love how intricate and detailed this is! It might take me a bit to make the first one, but I’m guessing after a couple of them it will be much quicker and easier. I love this!

    1. Yes! With the repeating parts it is really not that difficult. You are always welcome to email me if you have any questions. Hope the video is helpful, too! 🙂

  13. The new Celtic Star Snowflake is absolutely beautiful! I especially love the two-tone version. I cannot wait to give it a try and check out the other three stars too. Thank you for such a gorgeous pattern!

  14. This is a beautiful pattern and looks very doable! I love the variations that you included in the photographs! Thank you for sharing this pattern.

    Happy Holidays!! Happy New Year!!

  15. I imagined what your snowflake might look like. I knew it would be beautiful. It still caught my breath because of how striking it is. Sooo creative.

  16. This is a beautiful design! I love all of your designs and have a few friends that love celtic designs and i can’t wait to make this for them!!

  17. I love your Celtic snowflake star. I’m going to do it in a mercerised cotton, no. 20 I think, that will stiffen up beautifully. Thank you for the pattern.
    Karen Baric
    in Australia

    1. Size 20 would be so pretty and delicate! Your snowflake would turn out smaller than mine but the stitches would still work. 🙂

  18. You are right, this looks complicated. But I know that you provide us with help each step of the way. This is a beautiful snowflake. Can I use 10 cotton thread, it will be bigger wouldn’t it? Thank you.🎄🧶☘️Merry Christmas.

    1. Thank you! Yes, I provide a lot of help for you with the diagrams, photos and video tutorial 🙂 This is made with Size 10 thread – if you used Size 3 thread it would come out a little bigger. Merry Christmas!

  19. Absolutely beautiful design. I am new to your blog and can’t wait to try the patterns. 😊 Have Safe and Happy Holidays

  20. Thank you for another beautiful design. My family loves Celtic Designs. I will have to get some of these made for our tree. Merry Christmas!

    1. This snowflake would make beautiful gifts. I love your challenging patterns. I also love how unique your patterns are. Thank you for sharing your creativity!!
      Cindy

  21. Your patterns are spectacular, just beautiful & the details in this star, are amazing 👏 😍 ❤️ thank you for your ongoing generosity with the free patterns, & congrats to the 🏆 winners! 😊😇

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