02 August 2010

Snowflake Monday

I was working on a scarf on the way home from work and ran out of yarn last winter. (Had a big stash of yarn at home to finish the project; just didn't realize I was going to get so much done on the train.) Twenty minutes of commute remained, so I had a few choices. I could work on a white snowflake, I could play with my Noro sock leftovers, or I could stare out the window and daydream.

I decided to make good on a threat and make a snowflake with the Noro.

I didn't finish before the train ride ended, and the flake was beginning to take a nice shape. However, when I got home and saw my drying February heart flakes, I decided the pink in the Noro would make a much more effective Valentine flake than what I was designing. So I ripped out what I had done, redid the new flake in white and used the Noro to make a heart flake. Oh, and then I finished the scarf.

I decided to call this my Changling Flake.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!Changling FlakeFinished Size: 5.5 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

Instructions

Ch 5, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; sl st in 1st sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
Round 2: Ch 10 (counts as 1 tr and ch 6), *tr in next sc, ch 6; repeat from * around 4 more times; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 10.
Round 3: Ch 1, * in ch 6 space work 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 3, sl st in top of tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc; repeat from * around 5 more times; sl st in 1st sc.
Round 4: Ch 16 (counts as 1 tr and ch 12), *tr between next two 2 sc groups, ch 12; repeat from * around 4 more times; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 16.
Round 5: Ch 1, *in next ch 12 space work 3 sc, 3 hdc, 3 dc, 1 tr, ch 5, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, 1 tr, 3 dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc, ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, repeat from * around 5 more times; sl st in 1st 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.

18 comments:

  1. Just beautiful and everything is better with glitter!!!

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  2. Oh, another beautiful creation! You are amazing AND generous.
    Once again, your blog is featured on a yahoo group I am a member of....ThreadAddicts. :)

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  3. Your patterns are gorgeous! We are making care packages for deployed soldiers from our church. Every winter our church is decorated with crocheted snowflakes so I have been assigned the task of making snowflakes for the care packages and in typical fashion I have so many patterns I can't find my snowflake patterns : ( Your site has been a lifesaver! I can't wait to get started. If mine turn out half as beautiful as yours everyone will be VERY impressed! Thank you!

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  4. I'm really new at this - the snowflake thing, but I've started yours because they are so pretty. Anyway I wanted to ask you or anyone else who'd like to share, what kind of glue do you use? Sorry I'm so green but you gotta start somewhere.

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  5. Welcome, Anonymous! Hope you enjoy the crocheted snowflake blizzard!

    I use regular school glue mixed with a few drops of water. Good luck!

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  6. I love all of your snowflakes but find it difficult to know if I already have them or if the next one is new to me. I would like to suggest to you to either have a name for each one or have a number on each one. The time you have put into each one definitely shows. Each one is wonderful and different. I also want to tell you that I truly appreciate you sharing them with everyone.

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  7. Hi, I am a retired 61 year old man who has been crocheting for 3 or 4 years now. Everyone told me, because I look like Billy Badass the motorcycle rider that I would not like lace and they almost had me convinced. They were so very wrong. When I first picked up a hook I saw a red shawl and a blue one on Crochetville and I thought they were some of the most beautiful things I had ever seen.
    I have been following Dora Ohrenstein’s writings as she travels the world studying various crochet techniques and history. In the Summer 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet she has several articles about Eastern European work. One of them featured this lady’s work Antonina Kuznetsova and as it happens; a young lady with whom I correspond regularly and who lives in Russia http://www.flickr.com/photos/27775408@N07/ sent me this link to the work of a friend of hers. https://picasaweb.google.com/olgemini86 I was frankly astounded. I haven’t seen work like this in the magazines and the websites and newsletters to which I subscribe. I was looking for new motifs to consider as I study and try my hand at this kind of work when I came across your site. I thank you for the posting. John

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  8. Wow, John, thank you for those incredible links! Their work is absolutely stunning!!!

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  9. Hi I'm having trouble with round 3 after the first set of 3sc, hdc, dc tr, ch3, sl st in tr, dc, hdc, 3 sc, I'm left with on ch before the next tr and Im not sure what I'm doing wrong.

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  10. Hi, Anonymous. If I'm reading what you've written correctly, it sounds like you are putting one stitch in each chain. Work over the chain, as if you are crocheting over a cord, not one stitch in each chain space. See if that helps. If not, you may need to explain to me again what is happening. Good luck!

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  11. I am new at crocheting and have found your snowflakes to be very intriguing. I purchased the Classic 10 thread and an E-4 aluminum hook. However, when I attempted two different snowflakes, I found my stitches to be rather large and not as "closed" as yours appear. I looked up the hooks to see if I had purchased the wrong one and found that there are also steel hooks that are labeled the same but have different measurements. So to make a long story short, are you using a 4 aluminum or 4 steel crochet hook? Thanks so much!

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  12. Hi, Anonymous! Welcome, and thank you for the kind words!

    You have figured it out. I use steel hooks for thread crochet, but I'm not using a size 4 hook so much anymore. I find size 7 or 8 hooks to be a better fit for size 10 thread now, which makes the stitches even smaller.

    The size E hook was one of my favorites when I was young, using sports weight yarn, which is in between fingering (sock) weight yarn and worsted weight yarn (the stuff easiest to find at most department stores). I hope you will have fun with your larger hook even though it doesn't make thread snowflakes as tight as you'd like; you actually can make snowflakes with a hook that big and a thicker yarn. Yarn takes a heck of a lot more stiffening, though! The larger hook also would work if you wanted to join a bunch of yarn snowflakes into a scarf, shawl or afghan.

    If you ever get into lace-making, you can achieve some beautiful thread lace using a hook that big. I think it would be perfect for the lover's knot stitch worked in thread.

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  13. Great! So glad to hear back from you so quickly! I knew something was wrong when the stitches were so loose! I have only been crocheting since April and did not even know there were different kinds of hooks until last night when I started investigated. I will purchase a steel hook in size 7 today. I would also like to try making the larger snowflakes with the E hook I already have. I have only made a baby blanket and hat using sizes F and G aluminum hooks. The E seems a bit small for even the Bernat Baby yarn I've been using. Do you think the E would work well with sock yarn for the snowflakes?

    I am so glad I have found someone to ask! My mom knows how to crochet but her knowledge is very limited mostly to granny squares and such. I have been learning as I go, looking up stitches online when I don't know them. I learned the hdc and the tr last night working one of your patterns. Like I said crocheting is new to me. I have knit some scarfs and dog sweaters using YouTube to learn the basic knitting stitches. LOL! I am 33 years old and have wanted to learn for quite some time.

    Again, thanks for responding so quickly and I look forward to hearing from you!

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  14. I almost forgot! I have looked up the magic ring and have a question. When using the magic ring, you go straight to round 1 directions, right? This is where you will find how many stitches go in the ring before you pull it tight? And some patterns you might need to chain stitches with the magic ring like the "snowflake of its own"? I really want to use this method because my centers don't come out as tight as I would like. Thanks, again!

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  15. Hi again, Knit Mom

    Yes, the E hook should work just fine with sock yarn. You may not even want to stiffen them after you've done them. You may decide they are too soft to be stiff! You can attach them by two points or one point to make a scarf, or you can join them as you go (I've had a couple of projects on past Snowflake Mondays with instructions how to do that) and make them into something bigger.
    Yes, when you make the magic ring, you go straight to Round 1. Sometimes there will be a chain 2 (counts as 1 dc) (etc) to start the round, or you can do the chainless dc start (instructions linked in the sidebar) if starting with dc and you don't want to do the ch 2. I work a sc right into the ring without a chain when starting an sc round.

    I hope you love this method, the magic ring. I rarely ever use a chain ring start anymore, unless I'm doing a snowflake with a big shaped opening in the center. I've often said, once you do the magic ring, you'll never go back!

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  16. I went back to making snowflakes last night, seeing as it is almost December, and I find your instructions easy to follow. Thank you so much for posting your patterns online! I plan on making a lot of snowflakes this month until December :)

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  17. Hello Snowcatcher, Thanks so much for posting this pattern on-line. I've just finished crocheting one using Aunt Lydia's metallic (natural/gold) and once it's blocked will be sending it off to the Sandy Hook Elementary PTA. They are collecting snowflakes to make a winter wonderland for the students when they return to school at their new school. I thought you might like to know that your pattern was used for this heart touching cause.

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  18. Thanks, Supermomnocape! I bet your snowflake with metallic sparkles is beautiful!

    I have a special Snowflake Saturday pattern coming out tomorrow with a plea for snowflakes for Sandy Hook. Thank you so much for doing your part!

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