19 April 2010

Snowflake Monday

I found this unusual flake marvelously photographed by Fred Widall and just HAD to crochet a replica. Plus, when I designed this flake, I was still heavily embedded in Ravelympics. I had planned to design only three flakes during the Olympics, but I couldn't resist crocheting another competitive one. I can hardly ever resist crocheting just one more snowflake!

I call this my Molecule Flake.

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!

Molecule Snowflake

Finished Size: 3.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 11 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

Molecule Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3, 3 dc in ring (shell made), ch 3, 3 dc in ring, ch 1, dc into 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc across dc post just made, *ch 1, 1 dc in middle dc of shell below, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch 3 sp; repeat from * 1 time, ch 1, 1 dc in middle dc of shell below, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
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Round 3: Sc in same ch, *[ch 10, dc in 6th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, sl st in sc], sc across next 8 st (into last 2 dc of shell below, into ch 1, into dc, into ch 1 and into each of next 3 dc of shell below); repeat [ ], 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in next dc, repeat from * around 2 more times, ending with sl st in starting sc on final repeat instead of sc in next dc.

Round 4: *[2 sc in ch 2 sp of next spoke, ch 1, sl st in sc just made, 1 sc in same ch 2 sp, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st in sc just made, 3 sc in same ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st in sc just made, 3 sc in same ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st in sc just made, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, 2 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 1, sl st in sc just made, 1 sc in same ch 2 sp], 1 sc in each of next 8 sc across; repeat [ ], 1 sc in each of next 3 sc; repeat from * around 2 more 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.

2 comments:

  1. Very pretty. And, cheers to you for doing the 150! I used to do those all the time. Now, if they'd just offer a horseback 150 I'd be all over it... :)

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