20 December 2010

Snowflake Monday

Christmas Stocking Snowflake
My plan for the past several months has been to compile my snowflake patterns into a pdf booklet once I reach 100 patterns. Or, well, 103, because I've done two I don't like and one I hate. (Remember the Ugly Flake?!?) The goal was to make the pdf available for a tax-deductible contribution to the Colorado Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (which has now combined with Wyoming). I was planning for about February because that's when I typically get to register for the coming year's MS-150 (now Bike MS), and my contribution page would be set up.

Last week I received notification that I get to register for the 2011 ride TODAY!!! Woohoo!!! I raised $1,200 last year, so I am once again a Premium Pedaler, and I get to register before the event is open to the public. Apparently they've added a couple of months to the registration process!

I'm not quite up to 100 patterns yet. In fact, I'm working on #70 right now. I don't have enough time to compile all the patterns into one booklet this week. But I can do some of my favorites (or the most popular; what do you think?), throw in a bonus or two yet unpublished patterns, and make the pdf booklet available beginning next week. (Man, do I ever hate putting deadlines on myself!!!) For those of you who have had difficulty printing my patterns, the pdf pattern will not be white text on white background, nor will it be white text on a dark background. The pdf pattern will be dark text on a light background and will feature color photographs.

Christmas Snowflake
Today's Christmas Snowflake is an idea I've had in my head for a couple of weeks and finally had a chance to work up late last week. If you are making the stockings, please make sure to read the special note about the stocking patterns, which immediately follows the snowflake pattern.

This Christmas Snowflake, of course, may be made without the stockings, and the stockings may be added to other flake patterns with adequate space between spokes for the stockings to hang. I still have a few danglies after last week's snowflake, and this Christmas Snowflake is another perfect hanger for small store-bought crystal ornaments. (It's another hungry snowflake! Feed the hungry snowflakes!)

worsted weight Christmas stockingThe stockings also may be used as stand-alone ornaments for a small tree or as package toppers. Feel free to use a color other than red, too! You also may make the stockings with yarn instead of thread (and a larger hook, of course), which will result in three- and four-inch stockings that look great on the mantle or on a full-sized tree. This larger size also is perfect for tiny gifts for co-workers, babysitters, bus drivers, newspaper carriers, teachers, classroom treats and neighbors. (Feed the hungry stockings! Fill 'em with Christmas candy!)

The middle-sized stocking made of worsted weight yarn with a size G hook is a pattern I designed many, many moons ago while attending high school, and I sold those little stockings for a quarter each.

For your own little personal touch, you could make a tiny Santa hat for the top point of the snowflake. (I did not have time to make one and write a pattern, but I will if you really need it. Just ask.)

May the spirit of Christmas wrap around you and those you love this week and throughout the coming year. Merry Christmas!

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!

Christmas Snowflake
Finished Size: 7.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in white and red, small amount of fuzzy white sports yarn, size 8 crochet hook, size 1 crochet hook, 5 6mm red beads, 10 smaller gold beads, optional fiber fill, 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, beading needle, clear thread or fishing line

Instructions

With smaller hook, ch 6, sl st into 1st ch, OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 12, *3 dc in ring, ch 12; repeat 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Do not pull magic ring too tight.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, 8 sc in next ch 12 loop, ch 18, 8 sc in same ch 12 loop, *1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 8 sc in next ch 12 loop, ch 18, 8 sc in same ch 12 loop; repeat from * around 4 times, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, sk 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next ch 18 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just worked, 1 hdc in same ch 18 sp, 4 sc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 4 sc in same ch 18 sp, ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 4 sc in same ch 18 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 4 sc in same ch 18 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, sl st in top of dc, 1 hdc in same 18 ch sp, 2 sc in same ch 18 sp, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, sk 2 sc, *1 dc in each of next 3 dc, sk 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next ch 18 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just worked, 1 hdc in same ch 18 sp, 4 sc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 4 sc in same ch 18 sp, ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 4 sc in same ch 18 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 4 sc in same ch 18 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, sl st in top of dc, 1 hdc in same 18 ch sp, 2 sc in same ch 18 sp, 1 sc in each of next 6 sc, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; bind off. Weave in ends.

Note: The Rounds on these stocking patterns do not all start in the same place. Some Rounds begin or end at the toe shaping. If working like this is confusing for you or you don't like to count, use a small piece of thread in a contrasting color to mark Round start. Crochet over the marker or wrap it around the starting stitch, and pull it out on the following Round, moving it to where the new Round starts. Also, the number of stitches in each Round is important only in trying to make twin stockings match. If you don't mind your stockings being fraternal twins, don't worry about the number of stitches. Decreasing on one end of the stocking each Round will shape the toe, regardless of how many stitches are used. The top edge of the stocking may be worked in white thread or in fuzzy sports weight yarn. Worsted weight may be used, but you may have trouble getting a larger hook through your thread stitches. The final Round also may be worked by couching the yarn (using yarn needle, sew around each stitch in the final red Round) instead of crocheting the final Round. If making the stockings with yarn and a larger hook, do three or four Rounds of white, depending upon personal preference, and don't skip stitches. Chain 15 at the end of the final Round and join in final single crochet to form loop for hanging.

Miniature Christmas Stockings
Small Stocking (make 2)

With red thread and smaller hook, ch 4.

Round 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch, turning and working along other side of chain to form stocking bottom, 1 sc in next ch (same ch as 1 sc on opposite side) for a total of 8 sc around. Do not join.
Round 2: Working in stitches of Round 1, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in next sc for a total of 14 sc. Do not join.
Round 3: 1 sc in each sc around. Do not join.
Round 4: Dec 3 sc across next 6 sc (yo, draw up loop in next sc, draw up loop in next sc, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook; 1 dec made), 1 sc in each of next 8 sc around for a total of 11 sc. Do not join.
Rounds 5-7: 1 sc in next sc, dec 2 sc across next 3 sc (yo, draw up loop in next sc 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook; 2 dec made) (8 sc remain), 1 sc around 2 times. Sl st in next sc, bind off.
Round 8: Using larger hook, join white thread or fuzzy white yarn at back of sock, above heel. If using thread, 1 sc in each sc around for a total of 8 sc. If using fuzzy yarn, 1 sc in every other sc around for a total of 4 sc, adjusting as necessary to keep top of stocking even. Sl st in starting sc. Bind off. Weave in ends. (I did not weave in my white end. I left it out as a hanger.) Stuff lightly if desired.


Small Christmas StockingMedium Stocking (make 2)

With red thread and smaller hook, ch 4.

Round 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch, turning and working along other side of chain to form stocking bottom, 1 sc in next ch for a total of 8 sc around. Do not join.
Round 2: Working in stitches of Round 1, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in next sc for a total of 14 sc. Do not join.
Round 3: 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc for a total of 18 sc.
Round 4: 1 sc in each sc around. Do not join.
Round 5: 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, dec 3 sc across next 6 sc, 1 sc in each of next 10 sc around for a total of 15 sc. Do not join.
Round 6: Dec 3 sc across next 6 sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc around for a total of 12 sc. Do not join.
Round 7: Dec 1 sc across next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 9 sc around for a total of 11 sc. Do not join.
Rounds 8-11: 1 sc in each sc around 3 times. Sl st in next sc, bind off.
Round 12: Using larger hook, join white thread or fuzzy white yarn at back of sock, above heel. If using thread, 1 sc in each sc around for a total of 11 sc. If using fuzzy yarn, 1 sc in every other sc around for a total of 5 sc, adjusting as necessary to keep top of stocking even. Sl st in starting sc. Bind off. Weave in ends. (I did not weave in my white end. I left it out as a hanger.) Stuff lightly if desired.

Large Stocking (make 1)

With red thread and smaller hook, ch 6.

Round 1: 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch, 3 sc in next ch, turning and working along other side of chain to form stocking bottom, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch for a total of 12 sc around. Do not join.
Round 2: Working in stitches of Round 1, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc for a total of 18 sc. Do not join.
Round 3: 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in each of next 2 sc for a total of 22 sc.
Rounds 4-5: 1 sc in each sc around twice. Do not join.
Round 6: 1 sc in each of next 4 sc, dec 3 sc across next 6 sc, 1 sc in each of next 15 sc around for a total of 19 sc. Do not join.
Round 7: Dec 3 sc across next 6 sc, 1 sc in each of next 13 sc around for a total of 16 sc. Do not join.
Round 8: Dec 3 sc across next 6 sc for a total of 13 sc. Do not join.
Rounds 9-14: 1 sc in each sc around 5 times. Sl st in next sc, bind off.
Round 16: Using larger hook, join white thread or fuzzy white yarn at back of sock, above heel. If using thread, 1 sc in each sc around for a total of 13 sc and do 2 or 3 Rounds, depending upon personal preference. If using fuzzy yarn, 1 sc in every other sc around for a total of 7 sc, adjusting as necessary to keep top of stocking even. Sl st in starting sc. Bind off. Weave in ends. (I chained 3 at the end with the white and did not weave in the end.) Stuff lightly if desired.

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.

Insert threaded beading needle through bottom of large stocking and invisibly through stitches all the way to top back of stocking. Thread one gold bead, one red bead and one gold bead. Attach to bottom spoke of snowflake and secure. Bind off and weave end through snowflake. Repeat with middle stockings, attaching to spokes on either side of bottom spoke. Repeat with small stockings on either side of top spoke. For extra strength, dab tiny amount of glue on back of each snowflake tip where beads are attached and allow to dry. (I used needle to bring invisible thread through length of spoke and knotted again before binding off, and I re-stiffened all six long points with full-strength, not watered-down, glue.)

This is an extra heavy flake if you stuff the stockings. It may not twirl as freely as hungry, naked snowflakes, and with time, the weight of the stockings could cause the snowflake to need another round of stiffening. You may want to attach this one to a suction cup and display it on a smooth, shiny surface such as a window instead of hanging it by a thread on a tree. For a plain snowflake, however, the same instructions I've provided in the past apply.

Attach 10-inch clear thread to top spoke, weaving in end. (For extra strength, dab this with glue also and allow to dry.) 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.

Christmas Snowflake with dangly

21 comments:

  1. I love when you say: Feed the hungry snowflakes. Hehehehehe... This snowflake is SUPER! The Ugly Flake is NOT ugly. Kisses.

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  2. I love seeing your snowflake patterns every week! They are all so wonderful and this one with the stockings is just adorable. After christmas I may actually sit down and try to make some of your wonderful snowflakes. I would definitely buy the pdf of however many patterns you inculde! I look forward to seeing it whenever you get it finished! Thanks so much for creating all of these wonderful flakes and providing us with the patterns!

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  3. Just BEAUTIFUL, Deborah! The little stockings are so cute, too!

    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Congrats on making it into the ride. I am anxiously checking my mailbox every day to see if I've been accepted on a 2011 ride, as well. Mine is on the horse, of course. Fingers crossed we get in. That would be a super marvy achievement.

    And speaking of achievements! Geez! Your stuff keeps getting better and better. I mentioned your blog to a crafty friend of mine and she asked: Is it tatting or crochet? How the heck would I know???

    Anyhoo... Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and I am absolutely loving those teeny tiny stockings. ;>)

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  5. Thank you ever so much, Delena, for helping me tweak it! I found yet another one after you contacted me!

    Need to stop writing these things in the middle of the night!

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  6. You are very welcome. I made one today. I look forward to every Monday making these beautiful snowflakes. I love how your patterns are challenging and unique!

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  7. That is so cute. I wish I had more time to make your flakes. I've been wearing my earrings for the last few days, wishing it would snow instead of rain here.

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  8. Love the snowflakes, this last one with the stockings made me think of six reindeer butting noses and they had the stocking hanging from their antlers. RosaLee

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  9. The book is a wonderful idea - no matter how many you put in it. You could do 50 plus a bonus or so if you want and make it an annual funraiser. Each year has a new book. Just an idea. I have no problem printing the patterns but I will purchase the book for sure - I think you should get a something for your hard work. Meryy Ho HO and Happy New New!

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  10. the stockings are so cute. And the snowflakes....magical. You really know how to make them. :)

    For the real stuff, right now, you might want some, but I starts to hate it. My daughter and grandchildren shall come on christmas eve. And it might be snow, winds and slippery. Not fun spend 2 h in a car then. And then they have to go home as well. Los of people have been stuck in the snow or hours. I don´t want it to happen to them. :(

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  11. Wow I didn't realize at first that these are crochet snowflakes. Beautiful and amazing! I love the little socks especially with the kisses inside mmmm :) Happy WW

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  12. Oh how exciting! I have tried printing a few to play with and it is hard - at first I didn't realize why I only saw photos while printing and I wasted some ink, and paper, lol. But I finally figured it out. :)

    I love this flake!! I will try, but I bet it will still be ugly, ;)

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  13. wow..your snowflakes are lovely..thank you for the pattern

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  14. That snowflake with all the tiny stockings hanging from it is so sweet. All of your patterns are wonderful and amazing! Do you decorate your tree with tons of snowflakes? I really don't know how to crochet except for around the edges of my knitted stuff, but I sure do admire what you can do with a crochet hook!!!

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  15. I would absolutely love to buy your PDF book! I just love all your snowflake patterns, especially the Northern Lights snowflake with the little penguin! I must say, you are very talented!

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  16. Your snowflakes grace the home of all my friends and family...and for that, i thank you:)They are beautiful!! I was going to see if you wouldn't mind posting the pattern for the Santa hat. I've tried to make one but it doesn't quite match. I know you have soooo much going on but I would greatly appreciate it...so would my kids. They love this pattern and cant wait to hang it on the tree this year! Thank you!!

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  17. Thanks, Gamom! You're the first person to ask for the Santa hat, so it's not done yet. But I will work on it. I've got two other patterns readers have been requesting I need to get done first, one of which is for Veteran's Day, and then I have a special project I've been preparing for about eight months, and then I can sit down and do the tiny hat, maybe with a new flake. I'll try to make sure it's done by December!

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  18. Thanks a million! Happy "crocycling"!
    Hope that wasnt too silly...lol.

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  19. Gamom, I don't think that's silly at all. If my blog didn't already have a name, I think I'd use what you just came up with!!!

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  20. This is so great!!!! I have to try to make it too!

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