05 October 2009

Snowflake Monday

Think Pink

I designed a snowflake a couple of weeks ago that gave me the idea for today's snowflake. Some of the points looked like ribbons, and this is Pink Ribbon Month! I didn't get to make the new snowflake Monday because I was camping and didn't want it to be grimy, sweaty or tainted by sun lotion. So my special SnowMon actually is a SnowWed!

Many of my friends have endured breast cancer, and I wanted to do something special in honor of them this month. This flake turned out so well though, I'm going to make another one with teal ribbons for another friend who has endured two battles with ovarian cancer. The possibilities with this flake are endless.

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!

October Snow

Finished Size: 7 1/2 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors (white and color desired for ribbon), 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

Pink Ribbon Snowflake Instructions

With white, ch 4, join to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 9 (counts as tr and ch 5), tr in ring, ch 5, repeat 10 more times for total of 12 tr; sl st in 4th ch of first ch 9.

Round 2: Sl st into ch 5 space, ch 7 (counts as tr and ch 3), tr in same ch 5 space (V-stitch), ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space, ch 5, *V-stitch in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 space, ch 5, rep from * 4 more times for a total of 6 V-stitches; sl st in 4th ch of beginning ch 7.

Round 3: Sl st in top of V-stitch, ch 9 (counts as first tr and ch 5), tr in same ch 5 space (V-stitch made), ch 12, sl st in 7th ch from hook, ch 5, *V-stitch in top of next V-stitch, ch 12, sl st in 7th ch from hook, ch 5, rep from * around; sl st in 4th ch of beginning ch 9.

Round 4: Sl st in top of V-stitch, ch 2, dc in same V-stitch, ch 3, V-stitch in same space, ch 3, dc in same V-stitch, ch 3, ch 2, change colors, 7 sc along ch 5 of next space, in loop work 2 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 3 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 2sc, 7 sc along next ch 5, change color back to white, *ch 2, dc in next V-stitch, ch 3, V-stitch in same space, ch 3, dc in same V-stitch, ch 3, ch 2, change colors, 7 sc along ch 5 of next space, in loop work 2 sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 3 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 2sc, 7 sc along next ch 5, change color back to white, rep from * 4 more times for a total of 6 colored ribbons and 6 V-points; sl st in next dc.

Round 5: 1 sc in next ch 3 space, * ch 5, 4 sc in top of next V-stitch, ch 5, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in same sc (tri-picot made), 4 sc in top of same V-stitch, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, [ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made)] 3 times, ch 5, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in same sc, [ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 3 times, sc in next ch 3 space, rep from * 5 more times for a total of 12 points, ending with [ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 3 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends. Weave color ends under color stitches only.

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.

7 comments:

  1. Your snowflakes are simply beautiful. Thank you SO much for sharing. I make sets of snowflakes and give them to friends nad relatives - they LOVE IT!!

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  2. Oh wow! i love this snowflake..I have been looking for something to make for my fundraising this year and by golly I think I've found it! My mom in law and me have been doing the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for 5 yrs now and the Susan G. Komen Mothers Day walk for the past 12 yrs in Atl. The 2 Day is very similar to the 3 Day but we only walk 30 miles and get to go back to a hotel. But the fight is the same...anyhoo, my ? is on rnd 4 it says to ch3, ch2, change colors. What am I missing? I'm sorry, sometimes I get a brain fog..especially crocheting ALL day. Thank you in advance for creating this beautiful piece...Happy crocyclling!

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  3. Hi, Gamom! What a neat thing you are doing!

    Where you are stuck is where you change to the pink thread. This pattern, as written, is a knotty nightmare because you have two ends to weave in on each end of every pink ribbon. One way to get around that is to work tapestry-style, which I didn't think of when I wrote the pattern, and just tie one knot right where you are stuck, carrying the thread not being used under your stitches and behind your work, then making another knot at the end of the sith pink ribbon. Then you have only four ends to weave in on that round.

    Another way to get around it is to work the entire flake in white and then use a fabric marking pen (from a fabric store or craft store) to color the ribbons pink. (or teal for ovarian cancer) Just let the ink dry for a good long while before you stiffen to prevent runs. Red pigment (which includes pink, orange and purple) is the runniest, even in permanent markers, and something in spray and liquid starch can wreak havoc with red pigment. So I have learned the hard and pink-fingered way not to use starch as stiffener on hand-dyed or hand-colored thread.

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  4. Connie, in case you are looking for an answer to your question here, the V-stitch is 1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr.

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  5. All of your snowflakes are amazing! I've been working with a friend to open a booth with my knit and crochet stuff to sell at the walk for the charity she works for (NAMI) and I would love to include these snowflakes, but of course only with your permission. All profit would go towards NAMI, I would only keep what I needed for the supplies, and just so I can buy more supplies to do it all over again! My goal eventually is to hopefully do this with several different events with different organizations. Knitting and crocheting are my biggest passion when it comes to free time that doesn't involve chasing my 6 year old around :D and to be able to use my skills to help others in some small way makes it even better. I think that snowflakes like yours would be perfect for my booth (if I ever get enough items made to even do it, lol) I understand if you rather I don't use your patterns, and promise to not sell anything without your permission first. Thanks for your time!

    Joette Kuzma
    Wicked Stitch of the East
    ravelry: WickedStitchEast

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    1. Thank you, Joette, and what a wonderful thing you are doing! You are more than welcome to do whatever you'd like with the snowflakes, and I wish you great success with your booth!

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