31 May 2010

Snowflake Monday

This is my first attempt at duplicating the second flake on a red mug I gave away last Christmas. There is still one more flake on the mug I hope to create, and it promises to be even more of a challenge than this one.

red mug Christmas giftIn about January, I began trying to stock up on snowflake designs, doing more than one each week so I could continue to post Snowflake Monday patterns once cycling season started taking a gigantic chunk out of my spare time. Late in April, I was trying to get some of the January patterns ready to post when I realized this pattern didn't have a photo. I couldn't find the snowflake I'd made either. Looking at my photos of the long-gone mug didn't help much because I didn't remember which flake this one was supposed to be.

So I had to make another one, following the instructions I'd written in January. I realized how critical it is to have a photo or diagram to go by so I know what the final flake is supposed to look like. I became so confused before I finished the first couple of points. Then I didn't really like how some things looked, so I also ended up unraveling several times and making a few modifications to this pattern. I also made yet another flake using this same pattern with size 20 thread. I pinned it a little differently, just for fun.

I guess you could say my flake patterns are never quite finished, as long as I keep making them! I'll always find something to change.

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

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Another Red Mug Snowflake
Finished Size: 7.5 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

Third Red Mug Snowflake Instructions

Ch 10, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, in ring work * 1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc, 1 sl st; repeat from * around 5 more times for a total of six petals; sl st in first sc.

Round 2: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), * skip petal and dc into next sl st, ch 6; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 arches over petals; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 9.

Round 3: * 5 sc in next ch 6 arch, ch 9, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 8, sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as 2 dc, 1 sc in next ch, sl st in next sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, sl st in each of next 3 ch, ch 8, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 5, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same ch as 2 dc, sc in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, working back down branch, sl st in each of next 2 ch, sc in next ch, ch 7, sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch as 2 dc, 1 sc in next ch, sl st in next sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, sl st in each of next 3 ch, ch 7, sk 1 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, sl st in next 2 ch, ch 4, 5 sc in same ch 6 arch, ch 7, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 4, 1 dc in same ch, ch 5, sl st in same ch, sl st in next ch; repeat from * around 5 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.

, size 20 thread, pinned differently

7 comments:

  1. Great designs--it's a truly beautiful form.

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  2. Wow. I always love your snowflakes! So beautiful.

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  3. Reallllly enjoy this flake!!!! You have the most beautiful designs!

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  4. I think in round 1 you meant to say sl st where you say "1st" because in round 2 you say "dc into next sl st" but you didn't have a sl st in round 1.

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    1. Thanks again, Eagle Eye Krista! You are correct. I will correct the pattern.

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  5. I was looking for something special to make for xmas and found your snowflakes on Pintrest. May I ask what kind of pins do you use? ...I used the ones I have used for sewing projects and to my dismay when the snowflakes dried they had rust stains on them. Is there a specific brand name. Thank you

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    1. Hi, Jazz, and welcome! Snowflakes are indeed great for Christmas, but I always keep a few up the rest of the year, too, because I like the way they make me feel.

      I'm so sorry you experienced the rust problem. It happened to me, too, a few years ago, and I wrote about it here. I use stainless steel rust-proof pins. I've noticed not many pin packages are visibly labeled with what they are made of, and the rust-proof ones usually are the only ones that do include that. They are a bit more expensive but oh, so worth it. I think they also are called dressmaking pins or bridal pins.

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