11 October 2010

Snowflake Monday

Pink Ribbon Snowflake Photo Frame
Pattern updated as of 9 December 2010, thanks to Sarisue.

This snowflake was inspired in part by last week's Snowflake Inside a Snowflake. The big opening in the middle of the first flake made me want to design a snowflake I could mount a photo inside. I also wanted to do a new pink ribbon snowflake because it's October. This was a great way to combine both projects.

Although the pink ribbon in this flake is in honor of Breast Cancer Month, my completed flake has found a home with a friend who just had a baby girl. I had given her a gift of portraits at her baby shower a couple of months ago, and this flake will be an adorable way of displaying one of the portraits.

Which meant I also had to make one with a blue ribbon because a neighbor is having her first child, a little boy, in two weeks.

And then I made one for me, using a white ribbon. I'm going to dig through this year's photos and put one of the Lizard and me inside! It will hang on our Christmas tree next month.

I didn't have time to make a purple one with an orange ribbon for Halloween, but there's another idea. This flake also could be made in school colors.

If you look closely, you'll also see subtle differences in how I pinned each flake.

Don't forget there are still four more days for my snowflake challenge! Entries close at midnight October 15, 2010.

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

Blue Ribbon Snowflake Photo Frame

Finished Size: 9 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, pink ribbon (or desired color), optional 4x6 photo, 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

Instructions

*Ch 3, yo and bring up loop through 3rd ch from hook, yo and bring through 2 loops, yo and bring up loop through same ch, yo and bring through 2 loops, yo and bring through remaining 3 loops on hook; repeat from * 23 times for a total of 24 clusters. Taking care not to twist clusters, sl st in 1st ch of starting ch 3, which is the same ch 1st cluster is worked into. Turn and work along flatter side of scalloped circle to make scallops face inside of circle.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as dc and ch 3), *1 dc in base of next cluster, ch 3; repeat from * around 22 mores times for a total of 24 ch 3 arches; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
Round 2: Ch 1 (does not count as sc), *into next ch 3 arch work 4 sc; into next ch 3 arch work 1 hdc, 2 dc and 1 tr, ch 3, into next ch 3 arch work 1 tr, 2 dc and 1 hdc, into next ch 3 arch work 4 sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total of 6 points; sl st into starting sc.
Round 3: Ch 1 (does not count as sc), 1 sc in same sc and in each of next 2 sc, *[sk next sc and 1 hdc into next hdc, 1 dc into each of next 3 st, into next ch 3 sp work 3 dc, 2 tr, 3 dc, into each of next 3 st work 1 dc, 1 hdc in next hdc, sk 1 sc], 1 sc in each of next 6 sc; repeat from * around 4 times; repeat [ ] one time for a total of six points; 1sc in each of next 3 sc; sl st in starting sc.
Round 4: Ch 1 (does not count as sc), 1 sc in same sc and in next sc, *[sk next sc and hdc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, in next dc work 1 dc, 1 tr and 1dtr, in next dc work 1dtr, 1 tr and 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, ch 2, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 hdc in next dc, sk next hdc and sc], 1 sc in each of next 4 sc; repeat from * around 4 times; repeat [ ] one time; 1 sc in each of next 2 sc; sl st in starting sc.
Round 5: Ch 1 (does not count as sc), 1 sc in same sc, *ch 3, sk sc, hdc and dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 4 st, ch 5, 1 dtr in same st as last dc, ch 6, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch, ch 5, sl st in same ch, sl st in top of dtr, 1dtr in next dtr, ch 5, 1 dc in same dtr, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next dc, ch 3, sk dc, hdc and sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times times ending with 1 sc in next sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

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. Weave pink ribbon through inside holes and tie bow. (I dabbed center of bow with a tiny bit of glue to keep it secure.) If desired, trace opening on plain paper and cut pattern .25 inch larger than center opening. Center pattern on photo as desired (hold photo under snowflake to get an idea of where you want the main subject to be), and cut photo to fit opening. Glue photo to back of snowflake. Attach 10-inch clear thread to top 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.
White Ribbon Snowflake Photo Frame

9 comments:

  1. Yeah, it´s a good idea :)

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  2. very creative! I love the woven ribbon through it.

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  3. Love your ideas and your snowflakes. What great Christmas ornaments with a photo displayed inside!!!

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  4. Hi Snowcatcher I would like to give you an award for having a very nice blog.

    According to the instructions you must now show us one of your favorite photos, tell us about three things close to your heart and share the award with five other bloggers :)

    http://1bildibland.blogspot.com/2010/10/har-fatt-en-award.html

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  5. I love the ribbon in them. :0) I so enjoy seeing each new flake you create. :)

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  6. You are awesome.
    I love seeing a pattern on something and trying to crochet it.

    I have a hard time doing that, but you can do it so nice and lovely.

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  7. I made them for my family as christmas presents. They all loved them! Thank you for the pattern. I did make a little modification though. Instead of glueing the picture to the back I wanted them to be able to change the picture. I used three crochet chains going diagonal aross the back. I just made the chains, left enough length of crochet thread a both ends , and used a needle to sew them on. Then, I glued all the tied points and also added a loose piece of poster board behind the picture to stiffen the snowflake.

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    1. Thanks, Anonymous! That is an absolutely brilliant idea! I think you should do a pattern and sell it! It would be a hit!

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