20 September 2010

Snowflake Monday

Blizzard for Your Neck scarf
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.

Instructions

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to form ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1 dc in ring, *ch 2, 2dc in ring; repeat from * around 4 more times for a total of 6 spokes.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc 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.
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.

joining snowflakes

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.

Blizzard for Your Neck scarf

8 comments:

  1. I love what you've done to dress up the tiger. Beautiful snowflake.

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  2. Oh, wow. I'll be famous!

    I've just started flaking again after almost a year's hiatus and have already copied a handful of your patterns from the past year to make soon.

    I seem to be alternating between crocheting new flakes for the tree (or window or mobile or...) with designing new doll clothes -- hats and pinafores for the 1950's Vogue Ginny doll right now -- but even that has suggested a new flake design that I need to try!

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  3. Great scarf ... and a whole year of flakes. Your creativity is incredible. Very talented, very beautiful pieces every Monday. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Such a lovely scarf for the stuffed tiger :)

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  5. Congratulations on a year of flakes! It has been a privilege to see them week by week. And a promise of more to come! How much better can it get? Love the scarf (and the snow tiger... if only s/he WAS included in the purchase! ;')...)

    Cheers! Marika

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  6. Passion for Flakiness would be a great book title! =)

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  7. My aunt asked me to hunt through the internet for some free crochet snowflakes -- and I am here! Now I think I will have to check back through your posts and take up with some of the snowflakes that you have created. Thanks so much for these. I have RSS feed (ed) you so I shall be returning for more visits...

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  8. Great idea! I used Bernat white shimmery baby yarn and patterns from crochet snowflake book I have, attached them at two points, and made pretty scarf. Found that flakes that have more of a filled in middle work better for the middle of the scarf, and that long spikes around the outside of flakes droop so I avoided those and changed pattern.
    None of them are the exact same size but just changed the patterns as I went to make them fairly close. Will be able to make several of these fun and easy scarves for gifts. Thanks for the idea!

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