08 February 2010

Snowflake Monday

Noro Heart FlakeThis is my "Cold Heart" flake. It's another one that looks good in pink. The pink flake is not stiffened with glue, just blocked and sprayed with a plain water mist.

I've been curious how a flake would turn out if I stiffened it with fingernail polish instead of glue and water. I made several flakes with this pattern, so it was as good a time as any to experiment and compare.

The polished flake is a little more delicate (and easier to break) than the glued flakes, and make sure you do this in a very well ventilated area if you try it. Peeeeeee eeeewwwww!!!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!Cold HeartFinished Size: 3.5 inches from heart to heart
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

Instructions

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 11 dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: *Ch 15 (this will later form ch 3 and 1st half of heart), sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch (this will form inside point of heart), ch 9 (this will form 2nd half of heart), sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 15, ch 3, sk 1 dc, sl st in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sl st.
Round 3: *Into next ch 3 work 3 sc and 1 sl st; into 1st half of heart work 1 sl st, 5 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 3 hdc and 4 sc, skip over inside point of heart and in 2nd half of heart work 4 sc (pull tight on 1st sc to complete inside heart point), 3 hdc, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 5 sc and 1 sl st, into next ch 3 work 1 sl st and 3 sc; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting 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.

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.
Blocked with Water Mist

9 comments:

  1. Ooh, lovely pattern! I think i might make some of these to hang on valentines!

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  2. Hi! What a lovely flake! Do you know what I do to avoid rusty blemishes on my flakes? First I crochet about 15 flakes. Then I choose a very dry, summer day and pin all the 15 flakes. They dry in 2 hours, so the pins have no time to rust. Ok, I know that I have a litle help from nature, in Brazil, Christmas occurs in summer. Kisses from Brazil.

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  3. This is a beautiful snowflake! I just tried making it and am stuck. Please help! I have a question: in Rnd three, for each side of the heart (which you end up with nine chain stitches for each side from rnd 2 that you must work into) - how are you supposed to work in the 17 different stitches on EACH side of the heart(5 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 3 hdc and 4 sc) from just these nine? Do you work several stitches into one chain stitch or perhaps is there a mistake in the number of chains there must be from rnd 2? Please help!

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  4. Gatsbykat, the stitches are worked around the chain 9, not into the chains. Working so many stitches over so few chains is how you achieve the curve.

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  5. Ah!! Thank you so much. I guess I just wasn't reading/thinking of it correctly. (I hadn't seen your comment until now and I had reworked the pattern working the stitches into the chains (I put more chains in) and it seemed to work out fine too - I still had the curve of the heart too!) Thank you so much for answering me - what a lovely pattern you made!

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  6. Wow triple wow, I just made this snowflake design and I love it, I will give it as a present to my wife, thank u so much for a great pattern, Carolina Carias

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    1. Thank you, Carolina Carias! (What a beautiful name!) I hope she loves it!

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  7. i was wondering if you have a video of how to do this love the pattern but mine dont turn out right at all lol

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    1. Hi, Anonymous, and I apologize for taking so long to respond. I've been ill all weekend and not feeling up to the computer...

      No, I do not have a video, but if there is any way you can show me a photo of what you have done, I might be able to coach you through it. I have a feeling it's just the pinning, and that shouldn't be too hard once you know what to do.

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