19 October 2009

Snowflake Monday

My husband noticed me pensively gazing at my soymilk during breakfast, and as always, asked what was on my mind.

"I'm designing this snowflake on my glass," I replied, pointing to one flake in particular.

"You can do that?" he asked, incredulous. "You can decide which stitches you're going to use when you're not even crocheting, and then make what you thought in your head?"

I love my husband! He's so incredible! Not only does he let me hang snowflakes way before Thanksgiving and Christmas, but he actually likes what I make, too. And he always has the wonder of a child at Christmas when he sees my midnight oil churning. He'll watch as I remove stiffened flakes from my recycled pizza box workshops and study each one as if he might begin crocheting one day, too. (He hasn't said he would, but he does say he's ready to learn how to quilt. By machine…)

I usually hold up one flake each batch to admire and announce it's my new favorite. He never fails to reply, "I like that one, too, but they are all my favorites. I like all your snowflakes."

I really love my husband!

And now that the sappy part of this post is done, time to get on with that snowflake on the glass. This is the design I came up with during breakfast. I will be modifying the design several times until I have it perfect, not necessarily reflecting what’s on the glass.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but please do not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 11 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

Instructions

These instructions were revised and rewritten during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Hopefully, the revisions are easier to understand and more efficient.

Ch 8 and join to form ring OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Sc into ring, *ch 10, 2 sc in ring, repeat from * 4 more times for a total of 5 petals, ch 4, dtr (yo 4 times) into ring to form 6th petal. Do not pull magic ring too tight.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc over post of dtr just completed, *ch 9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and into next 5 ch, [ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and into next 5 ch], repeat [ ] one time for total of three branches, ch 9, 2 dc into 3rd ch from hook, sl st in 4th ch from dc just worked and in next 2 ch, **ch 7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into next 5 ch, sl st into ch between branches, repeat from ** 2 more times for a total of 3 branches on each side, sl st in next 2 ch, sc into same petal, ch 12, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, sc into next 2 ch, hdc into next 2 ch, dc into next 2 ch, ch 3, sc into next petal, repeat from * 5 more times for a total of 6 points and 6 trees on flake ending final repeat with join into 1st sc instead of sc in petal, 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.

7 comments:

  1. There is nothing sappy about being in love with your spouse.

    I am not likely to take up crocheting but I would like to see a green tree decorated all in your snowflakes - maybe with some sparkly white lights inside. Neat!

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  2. I love this. I don't work well with thread anymore but I'll have to try it. Thanks.

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  3. What a sweet man... love that!! And a beautiful snowflake, I'm impressed... I can just sew on buttons, that's about it. :)

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  4. Not sappy but truly very sweet....

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  5. He sure sounds sweet, i'll have to try your pattern, thanks!

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  6. Happy in Nova Scotia31 October, 2009 08:57

    sappy is good and you should share the happiness. I've been married for 35 years and still get sappy with hubby...he's the best...of course, to you, yours is the best...LOL..

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  7. I love making snowflakes to send in christmas cards and I agree with your husband - this is my favorite too! I'm looking forward to make many to share with friends and family. thank you so much for sharing. Peggy - MD-USA

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