21 September 2009

Snowflake Monday

I was so super excited when I initially discovered the various Snowflake Mondays groups, all with the same purpose… crochet a snowflake every Monday. I silently and from the sidelines group-participated for a while, then decided I'd rather choose my own pattern than make the identical snowflake everyone else was making. After all, snowflakes aren't supposed to match, right?

Didn't take long before I decided to make up my own pattern each Monday. Then this morning I realized if I truly want to be a part of the SnowMon movement, I should share some of my patterns. Only one problem… I haven't written any of the patterns down!

So while I wait for the photo of my September 7 snowflake to upload via my very slow dial-up connection, I will write out instructions. You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not republish or sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

The first original snowflake pattern I published and shared!

Finished Size: 5 3/4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread and size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or foil, cellophane tape, glue, water, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

First SnowMon Snowflake Instructions

Ch 4, join to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring; join in first sc.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), *dc in next sc, ch 1, rep from * 10 more times for a total of 12 dc; join in 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc on this and following rounds), dc in same dc, *ch 3, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, rep from * around; join in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 4: Sl st in next dc and into next ch 3 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 3, sc in next ch 3 space, ch 3, sc in same ch 3 space, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 space, rep around, ch 3; join in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 5: Sl st in next dc, ch 3, dc in same dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same dc, *ch 7, 2 dc in center dc of next 3-dc shell, ch 2, 2 dc in same dc, rep from * around, ch 7, join in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3.

Round 6: Sl st in next dc and into next ch 2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch 2 space, ch 2, 3dc in same ch 2 space (6-dc shell made), ch 5, sc into 4th ch of next ch 7 space, ch 5, 6-dc shell into next ch 2 space, ch 5, rep from * around ending with sc in last ch 7 space, ch 5; join in 3rd chain of beginning ch 3.

Round 7: Sl st in next 2 dc and into next ch 2 space, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch 2 space, *ch 3, dc into 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 2 more dc picots, 3 dc into same ch 2 sp, ch 4, sc into next ch 5 space, ch 7, sc into next ch 5 sp, ch 4, 3 dc into next ch 2 sp, rep from * around, ending with sc into last ch 5 sp, ch 4; join in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or foil to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or foil. Pull chain spaces tight with pins to achieve shape. Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or foil. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one point, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

6 comments:

  1. I know nothing about crochet but I remember years ago my wife's aunt gave us several crocheted angels for Christmas tree ornaments. She soaked them in sugar water and carefully dried them out, They were very rigid. We enjoyed them each Christmas until a mouse got into our ornament box. He thought they were delicious.

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  2. This is a beautiful piece of handicraft and artwork.

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  3. Very Nice work. Thank you for sharing it!

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  4. Thanks, now I have a pattern for this coming Monday ;') Marika from Snowflake Mondays on Crochetville

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  5. Oh, my goodness!!! I don't think my feet will touch the ground today!!! If this isn't a GREAT motivator to write patterns, I don't know what is!!!

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  6. When I stiffen snoflakes,angels te I use a watery mix of white glue an dwater,dip,wring ot lay flat an dstick straight pins in cardboard with wax paper over it,let dry

    Char

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