20 September 2010
One year ago tomorrow, I posted my first free snowflake pattern, thanks to the encouragement of Marikamum and Allicats. Had no clue back then my passion for flakiness was going to become somewhat of a tradition, routine, habit and ritual, but it's been a fun journey. I'm toying with the idea of continuing as long as I can keep coming up with ideas.
Afew weeks were missed since September 21, 2009. I was forced to take a designing break during an annual service project I participate in that requires hours upon hours of photo retouching, and I opted not to post a snowflake the week my brother-in-law died. I learned while preparing for Ride the Rockies, however, that I could design, crochet and write more than one snowflake pattern at a time to stock up. I was able to keep my snowflakes going throughout cycling season, even though I had no time at all to crochet during May and June, except in my tent each evening of my weeklong bicycle tour across Colorado.
My annual service project once again looms on the horizon (November and December), but I hope to keep Snowflake Mondays going throughout at least the end of the year by stocking up once again. (I've got five more patterns ready to go right now!) We'll celebrate one year of snowflake designs with this Blizzard For Your Neck scarf.
If you don't crochet, you may buy this scarf here. (Shameless plug!)
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: Mine is 10 flakes (7 inches across each) and 70 inches long blocked without the fringe, but you may do this whatever length suits your fancy. I connected two points on each side of the connected flakes; you may connect just one, or you can even make two rows if you'd like. Design away, and let those snowflakes fly!
Materials: One skein of approximately 150 yards of the softest white yarn you can find and the recommended size crochet hook for that yarn. I used baby chenille yarn and a size F crochet hook.
Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to form ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in ring, *ch 2, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 spokes; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 2: 1 sc in space between 2 dc below, *ch 2, in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, ch 2, sc between next 2 dc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting 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 3: Ch 1, sc in same sc, *ch 5, dc in next tr, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, dc in same tr, ch 5, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total of 6 petals; bind off. Weave in ends.
Finish: Make desired number of flakes. To join, instead of picots on two petals on the third round, ch 3, sl st up through bottom of picot another snowflake, ch 1, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, and repeat on next picot, joining two snowflake petals together as shown.
This is a project that looks better if blocked when complete. Otherwise, the flakes don't hold their shape as well.