29 November 2010

Snowflake Monday

I stocked up on snowflake patterns so I would have enough to make it through November and even part of December while I was too busy with my annual service project to do much of anything else. But I kept coming up with ideas, and I needed a break from intense Photoshopping, so I didn't use any of my snowflake storage. Until now.

I actually have two more ideas I want to do before Christmas, but my service project deadline is looming, so I don't have time to write another pattern until my retouching responsibilities are done.

I designed this flake months ago while waiting for my slow internet dial-up connection to load a new virus software program. Because we caught a bug! Ugh!

So this snowflake was a pleasant distraction then, and it serves the very same purpose now. This is my Distraction Flake. And yes, I've heard it has been called the "Naughty Flake" when pinned just right... That wasn't my idea!

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

Distraction Snowflake
Finished Size: 6.25 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

Instructions

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

Round 1: 12 sc in ring, sl st in starting sc. Do not pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Sc in same sc, *ch 6, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times, Ch 3, tr in starting sc to form 6th petal.

Round 3: Ch 4 (counts as first tr), 2 tr around tr post just made, *ch 10, 3 tr in next ch 6 sp; repeat from * around 5 times; ch 10, sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4.

Round 4: Sc same stitch and in next 2 sc, *ch 6, in next ch 10 petal work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, ch 6, sc in each of next 3 tr; repeat from * around 4 times, ending with sl st in starting sc instead of sc in each of next 3 tr.

Round 5: Sc in next sc, *ch 8, in next ch 2 sp work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 [dc], ch 1, turn; working on back side of flake, 1 sc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, in ch 2 sp work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, in next dc work 1 hdc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 1, turn; working from right side of flake, 1 dc in each of next 4 stitches, in ch 2 sp work 2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 stitches, ch 3, sl st in sc, sl st in top of 2nd [dc] where you turned to work from back of flake, ch 8, sc in middle sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in starting sc on last repeat instead of sc in middle 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.

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.

11 comments:

  1. Omgosh. Gorgeous. I love the lacy-ness of it! Looks like it's pretty quick to make, too.

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  2. I'm not sure how I found your blog, but I'm sure I was supposed to! I absolutely love it - I have already spent almost an hour here and there and everywhere and have been amazed by so many wonderful snowflakes! You are amazing to share these beautiful works of art with others, and I would love to thank you. I will coming by often.
    Again, thank you and please have a wonderful, snow filled Christmas and new year!
    Many blessings to you and your family ~ Donna
    grandma4five@gmail.com

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  3. I can't make snowflakes but I sure can enjoy yours!

    Beautiful!

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  4. I have a question! What blocking pattern do you use? I love all your creative snowflakes! My mom and I have been making a ton already :) We are going to attach them like tags to Christmas gifts, besides the ones we will keep for our Christmas trees and decorations!

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  5. Hi, Nikkabrikk

    I use the snowflake blocking template located here. It also is linked in the sidebar on the right.

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  6. Love that snowflake to distraction and the swirly blue background you have it on really shows off every stitch beautifully!

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  7. Hi. I just awarded you the Versatile Blogger award. Please pop over to http://bookgirlinthekitchen.blogspot.com/. I love your blog.

    Best,

    Dana @ Bookgirl in the Kitchen

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  8. Thank you for all your hard work. I just love your blog(s). I make many of the snowflakes but enjoy all of them. Thank you! Merry Christmas.

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  9. Please change your print style so it will print on white. I cannot find a place to change the color on my print menu. This really wastes a lot of time and ink.
    Thank you, gwen.

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    1. Hi, Gwen. I'm very sorry you are having difficulty printing. You are trying to print white print onto white paper, and your printer has no white ink, and it wouldn't show up on white paper anyway. There are instruction on my sidebar to the right on how to print patterns from this site, the easiest being to use www.printfriendly.com.

      I use the dark background and light text because I like the way it makes my photos pop, which is the main reason I blog, and it also inhibits scraper blogs just a tiny bit from stealing my content, so I'm not going to change the color.

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