28 June 2010

Snowflake Monday

A week ago, I was bicycling 522 miles across Colorado. This last weekend, I rode in the MS-150. Ideas for a July 4 snowflake have been churning in my head all that time like a mouse trapped in a complicated maze. Last night when I got home, I designed this flake, not only to celebrate Independence Day, but also to express how I feel after finishing all those miles and my newfound freedom to stay out of the saddle for a few days! Yippee!!!

I had to wait for the flake to dry before I could shoot it, and that's why this Snowflake Monday is a bit tardy. Still in plenty of time to make it before fireworks next weekend, though!

Happy Fourth of July!

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!Finished Size: 5.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in red, white and blue, size 9 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

Stars

Make 3 red and 3 blue.

Make magic ring. Chain start will not work with these stars because chain would need to be very tight.

Round 1: 5 sc in ring. Do not join. Pull magic ring tight.
Round 2: *1 sc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just made, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times for five points; sl st in 1st sc of Round 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Snowflake

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

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *dc in ring, ch 1; repeat 10 times for a total of 11 spokes; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
Round 2: Sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 10, skip next ch and sl st in each of next 9 ch back down to main body of flake, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 15, sl st in any point of 1 red star, skip 1 ch and sl st in each of next 14 ch back down to main body of flake, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 10, skip next ch and sl st in each of next 9 ch, sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 15, sl st in any point of 1 blue star, skip 1 ch and sl st in each of next 14 ch; repeat from * around two times more; sl st in 1st sc of Round 2; 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.

4 comments:

  1. What a fabulous way to celebrate such an amazing accomplishment!

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  2. Congratulations on accomplishing your ride! The snowflake is lovely, reminiescent of fireworks!

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