26 April 2010

Snowflake Monday


This is the second flake inspired by a crowded train ride and the first flake I'd designed in about three weeks. This was in December, and I had to get some Christmas presents done. So flake making had dropped off a bit.

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!

Finished Size: 4 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

Light Rail Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), 1 dc in ring, * ch 6, 1 dc in ring; repeat from * around three more times for a total of 5 petals; ch 3, dc in 3rd ch of ch 9 to form 6th petal. Pull magic circle tight.
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Round 2: 1 sc over dc post directly below, * ch 16, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 10, sc around same dc post below, ch 8, sc in next ch 6 sp; repeat from * around ending with sl st in first sc following final ch 8. 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.

A link to the blocking template I use is located here. That website has some of the most helpful snowflake information I know of. I also have a link to it on my sidebar to the right. I try to keep all the important links there so everyone will be able to find the information they need.

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.

6 comments:

  1. your snowflakes are absolutely beautiful !!!!!

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  2. These are lovely, I'm going to crochet some and use them to make Xmas cards.

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  3. I love this pattern and I am adding it to my list of snowflakes that I am making for next Christmas. I'm thinking if I make enough I will cover my tree! Or share with friends. Or both.

    BTW, I have MS and I want to thank you for your contribution to BikeMS! Thanks so much!!

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  4. Thanks for all you do for BikeMS. I have MS and appreciate all that others do for us.

    And I love your snowflake patterns. I hope to have enough to cover my tree next year!

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  5. patricia merewther patsarts02 December, 2012 13:43

    I love this! I make ornaments for friends for Christmas and this one is beautiful. I will sew pearls or gold faceted beads on them instead of giltter.

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    1. Thank you, Pat! I think they will be beautiful with beads or glitter. I just found out this was one of the popular patterns used to send snowflakes to the family of a crocheter who died suddenly. Because it's easy and quick, especially for first-time snowflakers. Made me feel really good to know something I created is helping a family who is grieving.

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