04 January 2010

Snowflake Monday

Here's hoping you had a wonderful Christmas break. I spent part of mine trying to get ahead on snowflake patterns so I won't fall behind when I am able to start riding my bike to work again. (Which will be at least a couple of months yet, but still, better to be prepared than skip a week or eight!)

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


Finished Size: 3.75 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

Plan Ahead Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: 12 sc into ring. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 7 (counts as 1st dc and ch 4), skip next sc, 1 dc into next sc, * ch 4, skip next sc, 1 dc into next sc; repeat from * around 3 more times for a total of 6 spokes; ch 2, dc into 3rd ch of ch 7.
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: Sc into ch 2/dc space below, ch 8, *sc into next sc, ch 8; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 petals; sl st into 1st sc.

Round 4: *Into next ch 8 space work sc, ch 2, hdc, ch 3, dc, ch 3, tr, ch 4, tr, ch 3, dc, ch 3, hdc, ch 2, sc; repeat from * around 5 times for 6 points; sl st into 1st sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

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.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. 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 plastic wrap. 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.

4 comments:

  1. I found some of your pattens before the Holidays & was so excited at your unique flakes.
    After adding one flake as a Ravelry project I tried to find more. For some reason the most recent post was October... Would you please add a "recent post" widget or whatever to your sidebar? I'd love to browse more of your patterns!
    Also, have you added your flake patterns to the Ravelry database?

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  2. Hi, Fish! (Great name, by the way!) Thanks for stopping by! There is a "Snowflake Patterns" link in the Home Away from Home widget on the right-hand side that *should* bring up all the patterns in reverse chronological order. But sometimes I guess the internet burps...

    All my patterns have been added to Ravelry, Crochetville and Crochet Pattern Central, so hopefully everyone can get to them one way or another.

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  3. Hi, Snowcatcher! I was thrilled to find your blog a couple of months ago. It's a treasure trove of great, free snowflake patterns! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your creativity!
    I have found one small error in this pattern (Plan Ahead) I wanted to let you know about. On round 2, the first * should be before the ch 4.
    Thank you again for the terrific patterns you've posted!

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    1. Thank you, me, for helping me get the pattern right and also for giving me the opportunity to update the format on this one. (I've been trying to go through and reformat to make the patterns easier to follow as I am able, and you enabled me to get this one looking better.

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