13 December 2010
Look what I found at a craft store! Snowflake food!!! Feed the hungry snowflakes!!! I knew exactly what to do with these lovely ornaments, thanks to inspiration earlier this year from Ane Scherrer.
Adding a dangly to a handmade snowflake might fetch a little more money at a craft fair than an unfed snowflake. (Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with starving, naked snowflakes; I love them every one!)
I used Mod Podge to stiffen this flake because a reader recently asked if that could be used, and now I have the answer. I also wanted to determine if a thicker stiffener would help a weight-bearing snowflake last longer. (Of course, I won't have the answer to that burning question for a couple of years – big grin!) Mod Podge worked just fine in my experiments. It's a little rubbery, but it doesn't hide the texture of the stitches. It also seems a little easier to pull the dried goo splatters off the Mod Podge snowflakes than snowflakes stiffened with my normal glue/water mixture. (I paint messy.)
Of course, this snowflake may be made without danglies, and you may attach danglies to any snowflake, but an extra stiff and large flake works better to support the weight of a dangly. You also don't want to overpower your snowflake with a dangly. They should compliment each other, not compete for attention.
I call this my King's Crown Snowflake because that's what the petals look like to me.
You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!
Finished Size: 7.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, store-bought crystal danglies, small suction cup hangers, size 8 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
Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.
Round 1: 12 sc in ring, sl st in starting sc. Don't pull magic circle too tight.
Round 2: Sc in same sc, ch 10, *sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 10; repeat from * around 4 times; sk 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 4, 1 dtr into starting sc (ch 4 and 1 dtr into starting sc counts as ch 10 loop and forms 6th side to flake).
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over dtr post just worked, *ch 10, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop; repeat from * around 4 times, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 3, trtr into 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, 1 dc over trtr post just worked, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 6, 1 sc in top of starting ch 3 in Round 3, 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, ch 6, *in next ch 10 sp work 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 6, 1 sc in each of next 3 dc, ch 6; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 5: Ch 1, *1 sc in same 3rd ch of starting ch 3 of Round 4, which counts as 1 dc (in succeeding repeats of this round, you will be doing this same step in dc stitches instead of top of ch 3), 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 1, turn; working from back of flake, 1 sc in each of next 4 st, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in each of next 4 st, ch 1, turn; working from front of flake, 1 sc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 tr in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 tr in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sk 1 sc, 1 tr in next sc, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 tr in same sc as previous tr, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sk next sc, 2 tr in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 tr in next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, forming curve work 3 sc in next sc, working down side, sl st in sc of previous row, sl st in top of 2nd dc of Round 4 below, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, ch 2, 1 dc in next ch 6 sp, 1hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, sl st in next dc and pull tight, ch 1; repeat from * around 5 times, remembering you will be working the 1st sc of each repeat in the same dc you just sl st into at end of repeat instead of in the top of a ch 3 that counts as a dc; 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. (I used Mod Podge for this flake in an attempt to make it strong enough to hold the wait of the dangly.) 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. (I had a bunch of dried Mod Podge bits to peel from the edges of my flake.) Remove hanger from store-bought dangly. Attach dangly to bottom spoke of snowflake with clear thread or fishing line. Attach 10-inch clear thread to top spoke of snowflake and tie to suction cup. (I sewed a sparkly opalescent ribbon to the back of the snowflake, tied a bow at the top and attached the suction cup to the bow.) Stick suction cup on any clean, smooth surface, preferably a window to allow the sun to sparkle through the dangly.