I'm not exactly sure why I decided to crochet snowflakes, since I HATE winter! But I made a couple each night over the last week or so and they were a fun challenge (despite their small eye-straining size).
First pattern: Simple SnowflakeI only had enough thread to try out fourteen small (2-4 inch) flakes, but there are many more neat snowflake patterns HERE and HERE. My flakes were made using size D and E crochet hooks which are a bit larger than what most of the patterns called for, but the smallest I had available. My flakes are made from a thick (approximately size 5) crochet thread that is cream in color, with a metallic gold ribbon woven in. Sorry, I don't know the official name, brand, size, etc for this thread. It was one of many "leftovers" my Mom picked up for me at a yard sale a while back. Also, my thread was stiff enough on its own that I didn't need to starch my flakes as directed in many of the patterns - and as I noted above, on those patterns where I was concerned about the potential for "floppiness" around the edges, I just modified the design a little to suit my needs.
Second pattern: Starry Snowflake - I ended after round 4, for the medium size flake
Third pattern: Petite Flake
Fourth pattern: Ship's Wheel Snowflake - I modified last round/edge a little bit
Fifth pattern: Regal Snowflake - I made it half-size (starting with 18 chains) and modified the last round
Sixth pattern: Bev's 15 Minute Flake - I left off the last round
Seventh pattern: Irish Snowflake - I only did the first 5 rounds
Eighth pattern: Unusual flake
Ninth pattern: Flower flake
Tenth pattern: Eight Point flake
Eleventh pattern: Lifesaver flake - I ended after 3 rounds for the medium-size flake
Twelfth pattern: Pretty Snowflake
Thirteenth pattern: Be Still My Heart flake - I only did the first four rounds
Fourteenth pattern: Crystal Lace Snowflake