13 September 2010

Snowflake Monday

Big Heavy Wet Snowflake

The Lizard named this snowflake. He was inspired by a big storm we experienced last spring. He calls this the Big Heavy Wet Flake. I like it!

This is another of my flake patterns that can be more than one flake. You may end off on just about any row to make a smaller flake. I'm including the two-row and four-row versions here.

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

Big Wet Heavy Snowflake

Finished Size: 6.5 inches from point to point, full-sized, all nine rows
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 11 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, 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

Big Heavy Wet Snowflake Instructions

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

Round 1: 12 sc in ring, sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Two-Row Version

Round 2: Sc in same st, * ch 2, [dc in next sc, ch 3, dc in same sc] (V-stitch made), ch 2, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc on final repeat instead of final sc. For the tiny flake, bind off here and weave in ends. For larger flakes, do not bind off. Keep going.

Round 3: Sc in same sc, * ch 3, [dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, dc in same ch 3 sp] (V-stitch made), ch 3, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc on final repeat instead of final sc.
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 4: Sc in same sc, * ch 4, in top of next V-stitch work dc, ch 3, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 4, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc on final repeat instead of final sc. For medium-sized flake, bind off here and weave in ends. For largest flake, do not bind off. Keep going.

Round 5: Sc in same sc, * ch 5, in next ch 3 sp work [dc, ch 3, dc; ch 3] (V-stitch made); in next ch 3 sp work [dc, ch 3, dc] (V-stitch made); ch 5, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc on final repeat instead of final sc.

Round 6: Ch 11 (counts as 1 dc and ch 8), * between next two V-stitches work [dc, ch 3, dc] (V-stitch made), ch 8, dc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 11 on final repeat instead of final dc.

Round 7: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), * in top of next V-stitch work [1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc]; ch 6, dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 9 on final repeat instead of final dc.

Four-Row Version

Round 8: Ch 10 (counts as 1 dc and ch 7) * work V-stitch into next ch 3 sp, ch 5, work V-stitch into next ch 3 sp, ch 7, dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 10 on final repeat instead of final dc.

Round 9: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), * work V-stitch in top of next V-stitch, ch 3, in ch 5 sp work [tr, ch 3, dtr, ch 3, dtr, ch 3, tr, ch 3]; work V-stitch in top of next V-stitch, ch 6, dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of ch 9 on final repeat instead of final dc; 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 plastic wrap.

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 plastic wrap. 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.

Big Wet Heavy Snowflake at Sunrise

10 comments:

  1. beautiful! You do such a beautiful job. What an art!

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  2. I like the combination of the sun and the beautiful snowflake.

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  3. As usual, love your flakes. Especially the smallest version. Cute!

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  4. Simply beautiful and that last photo is amazing. It would make a great Christmas card photo!

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  5. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE [did I mention LOVE] for you to put your snowflake patterns/pictures in a booklet/book so I can purchase it!
    All your pictures look SO good!
    Can you come over and take a picture of me? I want to look good, too!!

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  6. and.. you should totally sell the booklet - these are great finds! Great job! :0) Thank you!

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  7. At midnight it became my 75th birthday and viewing your wonderful designs has kept me up all night - now I'll probably sleep all day! #;~)
    I too design snowflakes and have done so since I retired. Your designs are imaginative and very creative, a joy to see. I appreciate the time you spend sharing your patterns with everyone. Thank you!
    Jackie J. Jan. 16, 2011

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  8. Happy, happy birthday (times 75!!!), Jackie!!! Thank you for sharing your story, and I would love to see some of your flakes!

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  9. I found some beautiful sparkly white crochet thread and can't wait to make these with it! :)

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