15 February 2010

Snowflake Monday

Don't ask.

But it would make a terrific golden anniversary present. That's why I'm sharing the recipe.

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!

SnowMon50

Finished Size: 6.75 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in white and gold, or add a strand of metallic thread to white and make your own gold crochet thread, size 4 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or foil, cellophane tape, water-soluble 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

Golden Anniversary Snowflake Instructions

For numbers:

To make the 5: Ch 39, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of the next 4 ch, 3 sc in next ch, sc in each of next 2 ch, 3 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch, dec 1 across next 2 ch (pull up a loop in each of next 2 ch, yo and pull through all three loops) 5 times, sc in next ch, dec across next 2 ch to end of ch; bind off. Weave in ends.

To make the 0: Ch 22. Taking care not to twist chain, sl st into 1st ch to form ring. Ch 1, sc in each of next 7 ch, 2 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next 8 ch, 2 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch, sl st in 1st sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Tape wax paper or foil to top of empty pizza box. Pin numbers to shape. Mix a couple drops of water with a half teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint numbers with glue mixture and allow to dry at least 24 hours. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly.

For Flake:

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

Round 1: 12 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 8 (counts as dc and ch 5), skip next sc and dc in next sc, *ch 5, skip next sc and dc in next sc; repeat from * around 3 more time for a total of 6 spokes, ch 3, dc into 3rd ch of ch 8.
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Round 3: Ch 6 (counts as dc and ch 3) dc around post of dc below, ch 2, sl st in top of ch 3 below, ch 2, *dc into next ch 5 sp, ch 3, dc into same ch 5 sp (V made), ch 2, sl st in top of next dc, ch 2; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 points, sl st in 3rd ch of ch 6.

Round 4: Sl st into top of next V, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc into same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 4, sl st in next sl st, ch 4, *into next ch 3 sp work 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 4, sl st into next sl st, ch 4; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 points; sl st into top of starting ch 3.

Round 5: Sl st into next dc and into next ch 3 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc into same ch 3 sp, ch 5, 3 dc into same ch 3 sp, ch 3, dc into next sl st, ch 3, *into next ch 3 sp work 3 dc, ch 5, 3 dc, ch 3, dc into next sl st, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 points; sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch 3.

Round 6: Sl st into each of next 2 dc, sl st into ch 5 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 3 dc in same ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 7, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 12, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 4 dc in ch 5 sp below, ch 7, skip next 3 dc and next ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 8, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, sl st in each of next 3 ch (working back down branch), sc in same dc, ch 7, *in next ch 5 sp work 4 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 7, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 12, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 4 dc in same ch 5 sp, ch 7, skip next 3 dc and next ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 8, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, st st in sc, sl st in each of next 3 ch (working back down branch), sc in same dc, ch 7; repeat from * 4 more times for a total of 6 big and 6 little picot flowers; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Remove numbers from stiffening station. 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 or desired stiffener, glitter lightly (gold glitter works very nicely for this particular flake), position numbers on flake, adding more glue to number backs if necessary.

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, tied to doorknob or cabinet handle or placed on gift instead of bow. Bows generally get thrown away. Snowflakes never go in the garbage! (Unless they are stiffened with sugar and mice get to them in storage...)

6 comments:

  1. Oh I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the snow flake.

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing. I've never done anything like this - but I'd love to try for my grandparent's 50th anniversary this summer!

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  3. I know I'm finding this horribly late (considering when you originally posted it), but I was thinking about making it for a friend (for Christmas) and wanted to do the year instead. I was only going to do " '10 ", but I've been having problems with the ' and with not making the 1 look like an "l". You wouldn't happen to have an efficient way to make either of those, would you? Or the other numbers? It seems it would be a good gift with the year someone got married or something like that too.

    And thank you for posting all your lovely snowflakes!

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  4. Christine, I could try working up the entire set of missing digits and posting directions on a future Snowflake Monday, but I probably would not have time to do that until after the holidays. So for right now, I think I'd go with ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next sc, bind off and weave in ends for the apostrophe; then for the 1, without having a hook and thread with me and not being able to measure to make sure it fits the 0, I'd go with ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, then ch 1 and 1 dc in next ch and 1 sc in final ch; bind off and weave in ends, but of course adjusting length to match the 0. I would do that and tell you precisely if I had a hook with me right now! Good luck, and let me know how it turns out!

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  5. I am delighted to have found this snowflake. My husband and I will be celebrating our 50th in January. It will make a beautiful addition to our tree and then hanging from the light. Thank you so much.

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    1. Congratulations, Betty! What a wonderful milestone!

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