14 June 2010

Snowflake Monday

Twelve Ties for DadThis isn't the Father's Day flake I had in my head, but I didn't have enough time to finish designing the snowflake I wanted to share. Hopefully this one, Six Ties for Dad, will be just as fun.

One Tie for DadDad can never have too many ties, right?

When I first finished the first attempt at this design, I asked for The Lizard's honest opinion, because, after all, he is a guy. And he liked my flake! I was so excited! So I told him I'd thought about making another one with longer spokes, and tying knots in the spokes to make each look more like a tie.

"Oh, yeah, do that!" he exclaimed. "That will look great! I will really like that one!"

So, I can't promise your dad/husband/brother/significant other is going to love this flake as much as my better half, but here are the two variations for your Third Sunday in June pleasure!

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!

If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Finished Size: 6 inches from point to point
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

Six Ties for Dad
Instructions

Shorter Spokes, Solid Center Snowflake

Ch 2, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring or in 2nd ch from hook. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Working in rounds (do not join), 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12 sc.
Round 3: *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around for a total of 18 sc.
Round 4: *Sc in next sc, ch 18; working in back loop of ch for the next 17 stitches, sc in next ch, dc in next ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 3 ch, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch, sl st in next ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch; skip next sc in flake body and sc in next sc (one Tie for Dad made); repeat from * around 5 more times for a total of Six Ties for Dad; sl st in next sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Longer Spokes, Star Center Snowflake

Ch 2, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring or in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 3, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times for a total of 6 spokes; tr in 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Don't pull magic circle too tight.
Round 2: * 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 25, working in back loop of ch for the next 24 stitches, sc in next ch, dc in next ch, 1 tr in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 4 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 4 ch, 1 sc in each of next 12 ch, 3 sc in same ch 3 sp (one Tie for Dad made); repeat from * around 5 more times for a total of Six Ties for Dad; sl st in next sc; bind off. Tie a knot in each spoke, pushing the knot as close to the body of the flake as you can and pulling as tight as you can. Try to do each knot the same way so they will lay flat. Weave in ends.

Note: The centers on these two flakes are interchangeable. Do rounds 1-3 on either flake for a solid center, and round 1 on either flake for a star center.

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. (ANOTHER NOTE: I did NOT glitter my Father's Day Snowflakes, but I'm providing the same old instructions just in case you decide you want a sparkly flake.) 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.
Six Ties for Dad

5 comments:

  1. Great flake for Father's Day!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think it's really cool that you make your own patterns!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful design, and very well executed. I admire your talent.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Cute snowflake!
    So...Ms. Snowcatcher, what team are you in for the MS race? Inquiring minds want to know. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thank you all so much for the kind words! I'm sorry to be so tardy in approving comments; I've been Riding the Rockies with no internet access. Thanks for making me smile even though my sit bone is incredibly... um, tender...

    N. Maria, I ride with Team Great-West, title sponsor, which means we are first out the gate and on the course on Day One! Too bad everyone passes me in the next hour!

    ReplyDelete


Dusty words lying under carpets,
seldom heard, well must you keep your secrets
locked inside, hidden deep from view?
You can talk to me... (Stevie Nicks)

All spam is promptly and cheerfully deleted without ever appearing in print.

I apologize for turning off anonymous posting for a while. Too much garbage coming through; hope to get anonymous comments turned back on after a short break. If you don't have a Google account and need to contact me, please use the email address in the sidebar. Thank you!

Related Posts with Thumbnails