Cast on 12 sts--I use Emily Ocker's method--and join into a circle on double point needles. Knit one round through back loops. Pattern given is repeated six times per round. Even rounds knit plain.
Rnd 1: k1, yo, k1, yo
Rnd 3:k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo
Rnd 5: k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, (slip 2 as if to knit together, k1, p2sso), k1, yo, k1, yo
Rnd 7: k1, yo, k1, yo, k2, (sl 2, k1, p2sso), k2, yo, k1, yo
Rnd 9: k1, yo, k1, yo, k3, (sl 2, k1, p2sso), k3, yo, k1, yo
Rnd 11: k1, yo, k1, yo, k4, (sl 2, k1, p2sso), k4, yo, k1, yo
Rnd 13: k1, yo, k1, yo, k5, (sl 2, k1, p2sso), k5, yo, k1, yo
Bind off after a plain round.
I don't know how far this pattern can be extended without running into some sort of trouble, but as it gets bigger the stockinette portions give some space for lace patterns, and crocheting around the edges can also add some snowflaky elements. This pattern can probably be worked as a 5-pointed star by casting on 10 instead of 12, but I haven't tried this.
As to stiffening, I prefer starch over white glue for two reasons: starch can be washed out and redone if the object gets crumpled, and white glue isn't all that white, it's a tad yellowish.
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Judy Gibson, Descanso, California.