03 January 2011

Snowflake Monday

Mount Sopris Snowflake and Mount Sopris
In Rocky Mountain National Park, there is a lake called No Name Lake. That name inspired this pattern, and this snowflake was going to be called my No Name Flake until I came up with the idea of naming snowflakes after Colorado mountains. Now it will be known as the Mount Sopris Snowflake because I think Sopris is such a cool name.

Mount Sopris in SpringMount Sopris, between Aspen and Glenwood Springs, is not a 14er, but is one of the most prominent mountains in Colorado, rising 6,250 feet above the valley west of the peak. It’s summits are true twins, both rising to 12,953 feet, a little less than a mile apart.

Sopris is the surname of a captain who led a prospecting expedition up the Roaring Fork Valley in July of 1860. Richard Sopris was the first white man to soak in the hot springs in Glenwood Canyon. He later served as mayor of the City of Denver and commissioned the creation of Denver's City Park. Sopris also is the name of a mining ghost town located in southern Colorado but now beneath the water of Lake Trinidad.

The promised pdf booklet of snowflake patterns is not forgotten; it’s almost done, and my 2011 MS-150 team has not yet formed. Please stay tuned, and I’ll announce both as soon as they are ready.

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!

Mount Sopris Snowflake
Finished Size: 6 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 2, begin working in 2nd ch from hook, OR make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 dc in ring, sl st in starting dc. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same st, *ch 2, sk 1 dc, 3 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 2, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 3: Sl st in next dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same st, *ch 4, 3 dc in middle dc of next next 3 dc group; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 4: Sl st in next dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same st, *ch 6, 3 dc in middle dc of next next 3 dc group; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 5: Sl st in next dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same st, *ch 8, 3 dc in middle dc of next next 3 dc group; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 8, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), *3 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 6, sk 4 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 on final repeat instead of final dc.
Round 7: Sl st in next dc, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) 2 dc in same st, *ch 10, 3 dc in middle dc of next 3 dc group; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3.
Round 8: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same st, *ch 3, 2 dc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 6, sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, sl st in next ch, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 dc in 3rd dc of 3 dc group, ch 12, 2 dc in 1st dc of next 3 dc group; repeat from * around 5, ending with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 on final repeat instead of final 2 dc; 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.


Mount Sopris

10 comments:

  1. I like this snowflake and I love the history/geography lesson.

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  2. I love the edges of the snowflake! Beautiful!

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  3. Thank you so much for todays snowflake pattern. I love Monday's challenge!

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  4. Mt. Sopris: Been there! Can you imagine? Being the first person to soak in the hot springs? Do you have very good luck finding them in the wilds? We found one up in Yukon Territory 2 summers ago. It was a huge area and there was a moose hanging out in the warm water. Apparently we all love a good soak now and then.

    Happy New Year! :D

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  5. Love your snowflake crotchet patterns!! Will be trying them very soon! I have a friend that also rides in the MS race there in Denver....you may even know her?? Happy New Year!

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  6. As you know, I'm not a snowflake maker... but I still come by to see your gorgeous flakes and photos. Funny, I have family in Aspen so I've certainly driven close to Sopris many times but never focused on it. I shall notice it next time!!!!

    Great photos, as always.

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  7. I decided that this year I was going to make a stack of snowflakes for gifts next Christmas. I'm so thrilled to find your blog! I'll be posting my finished flakes and other craftiness on my "Finished for Friday" posts. I'll be sure to give you credit for these beautiful patterns. Happy New Year!

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  8. Gorgeous mountain ... incredible snowflake!

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  9. I think round 1 is 10 dc in ring?

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  10. Hi, Threeundertwo

    I used the chainless double crochet start shown here, but I should have included in the instructions the option to chain 3, then 11 dc in ring. You do need 12 total dc in round 1, whether you use the chain 3 or the chainless double crochet start.

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