01 March 2010

Snowflake Monday

Lizard HumorMy dear sweet husband, ever the playful, fun-loving soul, has an extreme sweet tooth. He also craves elements from his childhood, such as Life Savers Sweet Storybooks. So I always stick one (or more) in his stocking at Christmas.

This past Christmas, I asked him not to throw away the box because I wanted to make one of the snowflakes shown on it. One day I came home from work to find this propped lovingly on my computer keyboard. Ever the comedian!

The largest snowflake on the bottom right is the one this flake is patterned after. I call this, for obvious reasons, my Lifesaver Flake.

This also is a highly versatile flake. You may bind off at the end of any of the rows after the second row to make different sized flakes with the same base. Had to make it more of a lifesaver than just the candy that inspired it. Three flake patterns in one!

This is my second Ravellenics flake and was designed during the Olympics. How fitting that the points look like maple leaves.

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!Three Flakes in One!Finished Size: from point to point, 1.5 inches (two rows) to 4.5 inches (all four rows)
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 11 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 5, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 17 dc in ring; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Do not pull magic ring too tight.
Round 2: *Ch 3, 2 dc in same stitch, ch 3, sl st in same stitch, sc in next dc, ch 2, sc in next sc, sl st in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times. Your final sl st should be in the 3rd ch of starting ch 3 of Round 1. You may bind off here and weave in ends for an attractive tiny flake.
Round 3: Sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3 of Round 2, *sc in next ch, ch 3, dc in same ch, 2 dc in next dc, ch 10, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in 1st ch of next ch 3, ch 3, sc in same ch, sl st in next ch, sc in next ch 2 sp (between petals), sl st in 2nd ch of next ch 3; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with st st into starting sl st on final repeat. You may bind off here and weave in ends for a small flake that is equally appealing.
Round 4: Sl st into next 2 ch, 1 sc into next ch, into next ch (top of ch 3) work 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc, sc in each of next 3 dc, sl st into each of next 2 ch, into ch 10 loop work [1 sc, ch 3, 1 tr, ch 2, sl st into top of tr just made, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 2, sl st into top of tr just made, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1dtr, ch 2, sl st into top of dtr just made, 1 dtr, 1 tr, 1dc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 2 sl st into tr just made, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 2 sl st into top of tr just made, 1 tr, ch 3, 1sc] sl st into final 2 ch of ch 10 loop, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, into 1st ch of next ch 3 work 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc, 1 sc into next ch, sl st into each of next 2 ch, sc into next sc; repeat from * around 5 times ending with sl st into starting sl st on final repeat; 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.

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