29 March 2010

Snowflake Monday

Unstiffened Versatile FlakeBecause this versatile flake holds its shape so well, it doesn't necessarily need to be stiffened. (It does look better blocked than unblocked, though.) This flake also can become a flower by binding off at the end the first round and joining a new color to complete the second and third rounds.

This flake/flower also works well with four-ply yarn and a larger hook.

This flake/flower also works very well when joined with other flakes/flowers made from the same pattern. Join points of one flake/flower to points on another flake/flower by slip stitching into the point of the first flake instead of making the second chain of the chain-3 picot during the third row of the second flake/flower. A long strip of flowers will make an attractive headband, scarf, belt, collar or strap for a purse or bag. Join many flakes together to form fabric, and make a Wildflower Meadow or Snowy Field centerpiece, tablecloth, afghan or window covering.

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

If you enjoy my patterns, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Association. I'll be riding the MS-150 in June to show my support for eight relatives, friends and relatives of friends who battle the disease every day.Versatile Snowflake FlowerFinished Size: 2 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

Instructions

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

Round 1: *[Yo and draw up a loop through ring] three times (cluster stitch made); ch 3; repeat from * 5 more times. Sl st into top of starting cluster. Bind off here to make flower instead of snowflake. Do not cut thread if making snowflake. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: If making flower, join new color on any ch 3 sp. If making flake, sl st into next ch 3 sp. For both flake and flower, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 6, *sc into next ch 3 sp, ch 6; repeat from * around 4 more times; sl st into starting sc.
Round 3: *Into ch 6 space work 2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, ch 3, sl st into top of last dc (picot made), 1 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 more times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: To stiffen snowflake, 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.join flowers at points to create a string of colorful snowflakesTo block flower, tape wax paper or foil to top of empty pizza box. Pin flower to box on top of wax paper or foil. Spray lightly with water and allow to dry thoroughly before removing. (Back in the days of the dinosaurs, I used to block my flowers and doilies on clean carpet or on my bed. A pizza box with foil works so much better!)Versatile Snowflake Scarf

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! I used your pattern to make these stars into ornaments for my sisters and friends. Merry Christmas!

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