18 January 2010

Snowflake Monday

This is yet another flake that reminds me a little of bicycle spokes. It is one of seven variations I worked trying to duplicate an etched snowflake on a glass. I often keep doing the same flake over and over and over when I'm designing, with minor changes each time, until I get the pattern just right.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 5 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

Bicycle Wheel Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: 6 sc in rung. Sl st in 1st sc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 1 sc in same sc, ch 10, *1 sc in next sc, ch 10; repeat from * around 3 times; 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, yo hook 5 times, draw up a loop through sl st at beginning of Round, [yo and pull through 2 loops] 6 times to form 6th petal of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 1, *3 sc into petal, ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, tr in next ch of ch 10, dc in next ch, hdc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch, sl st in each of next 2 ch, 3 sc into same petal, ch 20, dc in 9th ch from hook, hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch, ch 5, skip 5 ch and sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 1; working into next petal, repeat from * around for a total of 12 spikes, 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.

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