23 August 2010

Snowflake Monday

Stumpy, the Paralympic SnowflakeI designed this flake during the Paralympics back in March, and it has a special story to go along with it.

While working on my husband's cycling glove on the train one day, I reached a point I couldn't go any further without his hand. (I needed to check the fit.) I didn't feel like working on a bear or a lizard, so I decided to make a flake.

I didn't have a picture or drawing with me to replicate, so I just began stitching. This is what happened. Well, sort of. This pattern is the perfected version of what I made on the train. While I was writing up the pattern later that night, I realized one point didn't match the rest. That must have been when train security asked to see my pass. I must have been distracted. This forced me to stay up way too late making another without the stunted point. That's Stumpy with the sunflowers up above.

HOPEFULLY HUMOROUS UPDATE: I had to change the name of this snowflake when the US Olympic Committee decided the word could no longer be spoken. Because all Paralympians are special, in my mind, I gave it that name. And then I found out about the tongue-in-cheek meaning of "Speshul Snowflakes," and I wish I had named this one differently. I REALLY wish I had named this differently.

Perhaps I might think of a better name one day and change it yet again. Until then, I hope you get a good laugh out of this.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Paralympic FlakeFinished Size: 7.25 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

Special Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; sl st in 1st sc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), dc in same sc, hdc in same sc, * in next sc work 1 hdc, 1dc, 1hdc; repeat from * around 4 more times, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: Sl st in next dc, ch 8 (counts as 1 dc, ch 5), * in next dc work 1 dc, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 8.

Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1dc, ch 2), 1 dc in same st, ch 5, * in next dc work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 5.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 5: Sl st into ch 2 sp, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch 2), in same space work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 5, * in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 6: Sl st into next ch 2 sp, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc, ch 2), in same ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 5, in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 5, * in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 5, in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 7: Ch 1, * in next ch 2 sp work 2 sc, in next ch 5 sp work 1 sc, ch 2, 1 hdc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 tr, ch 2, sl st in top of tr, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 [hdc], ch 3, turn; in ch 2 sp just made, working from back of flake and not in the round, work 1 hdc, ch 2, in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 5, in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, ch 2, in next ch 2 sp work 1 hdc, ch 2, in next ch 2 sp work 1 sc, ch 1, turn; working from front of flake, in next ch 2 sp work 2 sc, in next ch 2 sp work 2 sc, in next ch 5 sp, work 3 sc, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 6, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, working down other side of "tree" sl st in next ch, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next ch of branch, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in next ch of branch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, sl st in next 2 ch, in ch 5 sp work 3 sc, in next ch 2 sp work 2 sc, in next ch 2 sp work 2 sc, ch 2, sl st in top of [hdc] where you turned, ch 2, sc next to [hdc], in next ch 2 sp work 2 sc, in next ch 5 sp work 2 sc, 2hdc, 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, 2 hdc, 2 sc; 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.

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.
Paralympic Snowflake

8 comments:

  1. I like this snowflake, I don`t like the real ones :). The weatherman says, that we`ll have frost here this week at night, hate it.

    My Blue blossoms are Campanula carpaticas, and they don`t mind frost and that`s coooooool :D.

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  2. lol, that´s the real world. Nothing is perfect. It looks like tiny firs on the edges. :)

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  3. Geez, that was like Where's Waldo? Took me the longest time to see what you meant about the point not matching the rest. I like your imperfect snowflake - it's like real life!

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  4. I have been waiting for this one. Joined a Yahoo group approx. 1 1/2 months ago and nothing. I like your designs; Wispy,delicate.Reminds me of early mornings in NJ. I bought a big glitter glue-I'm pumped now. Living in Florida now, I plan on hanging as many as possible in the windows. THNX a bunch

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  5. I love love love it! I have picked up some thread and am hoping to print up a few of your patterns to take with me on our trip. hoping I can give it a go while on the go, lol.

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  6. Ciao!Complimenti per questo snowflakes!!You are Super!!civetta

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  7. This one is beautiful, again. I didn't realize the first one was stumpy until you pointed it out!

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  8. This is gorgeous! I think this will be my Christmas present for everyone!

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