21 December 2009

Snowflake Monday


To me, this flake is somewhat reminiscent of Irish crochet. Notice how the largest chain spaces seem to form hearts.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

Finished Size: 6 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 4 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or foil, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Irish Hearts Instructions

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1:12 sc into ring; sl st into 1st sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough for stitches to lay flat.

Round 2: *Ch 8, skip 1 sc, sl st into next sc; repeat from * around 5 times ending with sl st into first sc.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: *Into next ch 8 space work sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 hdc, sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st into sl st.

Round 4: Ch 13 (counts as 1st dtr [yo 3 times] and ch 8), *dtr (yo 3 times) between next 2 sc, ch 8; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 5th ch of ch 13.

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as 1st tr), into same dtr work 1 dc and 1 hdc, *into next ch 8 space work 4 sc, ch 3, 4 sc, into next dtr work 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc; repeat from * around 4 times; into next ch 8 work 4 sc, ch 3, 4 sc, into 1st dtr work 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1tr; dc into 4th ch of ch 4.

Round 6: Ch 3, around dc formed below, work 2 dc, *ch 10, into next ch 3 sp work 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 10, around final dc of previous row work 3 dc, ch 2, sl st into 3rd ch of ch 3.

Round 7: 1 sc in ch 2 space directly below (yes, you are working over the sl st you just made), *ch 6, into next ch 10 space work 6 sc, ch 3, 6 sc, ch 6, into next ch 2 sp work 1 sc, ch 3, 2 dc into 3rd ch from hook, ch 5, sc into 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st into sc, ch 5, sl st into sc, ch 3, 2 dc into 3rd ch from hook, sc; repeat from * around; sl st into 1st sc; 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.

A link to the blocking template I use is located here. That website has some of the most helpful snowflake information I know of. I also have a link to it on my sidebar to the right. I try to keep all the important links there so everyone will be able to find the information they need.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. 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 spoke, 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.

28 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I love your website. I have been crocheting since I was a young girl and tried a few snowflake patterns but the patterns I found really did not look like snowflakes, I like your patterns,they are light lovely and elegant. I do have a question. For Christmas,I would like to make some very large snowflakes for a friend. I'm looking for patterns that would be between 8-10 inches in diameter. Would you have any patterns like that? Thank you for reading my comment. Now that I found your website I'm going to mark it as a favorite!

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  2. Hi, Debra! Just about any snowflake pattern may be modified to make it larger, but if you are not able to do that, I published a 10-inch two-piece pattern today (October 4, 2010), and I think this book has a couple of large patterns in it. Good luck!

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  3. Hi,
    I have a question on the Snowflake pattern posted on 12/21/2009. On round 4, does dtr[yo 3 times]and ch 8 mean to do a double treble then do 3 yarnovers and then chain 8?
    Or is it just a double treble then chain 8?

    Thanks for any clarification.

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  4. Thank you for this snowflake! It is verry beautiful!

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  5. I too need clarification on Row 4 of the Irish Snowflake. It is so beautifl but I am stimied.

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  6. Anonymous and Willene, do NOT do the [yo 3 times] after the dtr. That was only an explanation of the dtr for newbie crocheters who might not know how many times to yo for a dtr. So sorry for the confusion!

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  7. I am not totally finished this snowflake yet, and I think it will be pretty but for some reason I don't think it is going to look anything like the picture...don't know what I am doing wrong. My plan is to use yarn and a size G hook on your snowflakes, then sew the gigantic snowflakes on to quilt blocks to make a quilt.

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  8. Beautiful, absolutely Beautiful! I love each and everyone of them. Thank you for sharing the patterns with all of us

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  9. Thank you so very much for all the information on blocking! I made numerous snowflakes 3 years ago and have yet to block them. The info I found on blocking (prior to yours) resulted in uneven arms. You have taken everything into consideration with your directive. Again, thank you!!

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  10. Hi,

    Your web site is very good. The only problem is when I print out a pattern with the background so dark, I can't read the pattern. Is there any way you could change the background color????

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  11. Thank you, Anonymous!

    Instructions how to print the patterns so you can read them are located in the sidebar to the right, beneath my copyright.

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  12. is there any way i can print off the patterns for the snow flake patterns

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  13. is there any way to copie or get copies from you for the snow flake patternd


    thank you

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  14. Sandra and Anonymous, you may print the patterns; instructions for printing white blog text are located in the sidebar to your right. Also, I am trying to raise money for multiple sclerosis, and I have put together a booklet of the top 20 snowflake patterns from this website (as of December 2010). Information about that is in the right-hand column, also.

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  15. I'm having trouble with step 4. I don't understand it at all, I'm looking at the picture, but I am still clueless. If I chain 13, how to I get that cute little bump in the middle? (I am *kinda* a newbie. I'm just starting patterns in the intermediate level.)
    I got to this blog through a free crochet site, and I only come here when I feel like drooling! I hold little hope to ever have the time to make all these beautiful flakes, and am so jealous of your talent in *designing* them!

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  16. Never mind. I figured it out. That's what I get for trying to think at midnight. (:

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  17. Welcome, Amanda! I'm glad you were able to figure it out!

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  18. I really don't understand step 4, and not because of the [yo 3 times] part. Chain 13, if it counts as first dtr, then do I connect "between next 2sc" before dtr'ing again? Won't that make the first 13ch space bump-less? I'm soooo confused. ~ Mandy

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  19. I really don't get step 4 either, and not because of the yo 3 times part. If ch13 counts as the first dtr, won't it be bumpless? and do I connect between next 2sc before doing the next dtr? Ahhhhh my brain is broken. :( I want to make this so badly for my sister-in-law.

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  20. Hi, Amanda. If I'm reading your question right, the "bump" will be created on the next round, so just keep going. But I'll try to help if you are still having trouble.

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  21. I love these snowflake patterns i have made several i love this one thank you for making the patterns so easy to read

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  22. I worked the changeling snowflake in the thread with the steel needle I bought today. What a difference it makes when you use the right needle! I did find it difficult to work with the tiny thread and needle though. My left hand is killing me! I only made one! I am right handed by the way. I also bought white sport weight yarn to use with the other (E4) needle and I think I like it better. They are not as dainty but easier to work the yarn. I can see that they will need much more paste to stiffen them! If you have any suggestions on how to ease the hand cramps, I'd gladly accept them :)

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    1. I experienced the same problem when I first started crocheting. I found that I was using my left hand to do much more than hold the project. Once I only moved my right hand and only held my work in the left that symptom eased. It may help also to loosen your tension so that your left hand isn't tempted to help more. Hope this helps and happy crocheting.

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  23. Hi, Knit Mom

    I had to do some research on Ravelry to find the answer to the left-hand cramps. I use to get pain in my right elbow, and that supposedly is caused by leaning on the arm of a chair while crocheting, so I make sure I'm never doing that now, and the pain is gone. I haven't had pain in my left hand from crocheting, so I looked it up. The advice is to take breaks more frequently, and flex your hand in the opposite direction. Hope that helps!

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  24. I've commented on other flake patterns but have to say one more time Thank You so much for sharing your beautiful patterns with us. I made many snowflakes and added crystals to them. After stiffening them extra well I hung them in the window where Mom sat all day and she enjoyed them very much. They hung there all year until Mom passed on. Thank you again. Your talent helped brighten Mom's days as she struggled with her losing battle with breast cancer. These patterns also gave me something fun to focus on while. I sat with Mom through the years. God bless you.

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    1. Hi, Cynthia, and thank you! I'm so glad something I did could help someone else during a dark time. I've noticed you haven't been online as much, and I missed you. I hope your life is falling back into place now.

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  25. Just beautiful! right up my alley. Can hardly wait to use my giant ball of # 10.
    Thanks so much.

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    1. Thank you, Chris! I can tell you from experience, you will get a LOT of snowflakes from a giant ball of size 10 thread!

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