This first one is Kira's Star designed by Birgit Phelps. The pattern is available on her blog here. I really enjoyed this pattern, it makes a lovely snowflake. I do think one could probably make a five pointed star out of it with no changes to the stitch count, simply by deleting one repeat. This one did have to be pressed a bit, it didn't lay quite flat on it's own.
This second snowflake is another by Sally Magill. This is her SCMR Snowflake 1 available on the Ring of Tatters website. This flake is really another version of her quick snowflake patterns shown in my last post.
The SCMR Snowflake just utilizes a mock ring on each arm to extend the arm further and create a more pronounced point. I like it, it was fun and quick to tat. Self Closing Mock Rings (SCMR) can seem like they might be a difficult technique to master, but are really quite simple and certainly expand the design possibilities of a piece.
This one did not need pressing, but I went ahead and starched it a bit...just because the arms are a little longer and I thought it might help it to stay put nicer while hanging.
These two snowflakes will count as numbers 20 and 21 of my 25 motif challenge...with more to come tomorrow. I have been really enjoying tatting all of these little snow beauties...the variety of designs available for snowflakes is a real joy!