06 June 2011
Cycling season is in full gear now, and Father's Day is just around the corner. Last year I had an idea for a Father's Day flake I didn't have time to work out then, so I hastily crocheted the Six Ties for Dad snowflake, which actually turned out far better than I expected.
Now I'm in the same boat, well, on the same bike again this year. I haven't had time to work with last year's idea. I came up with two more options. Name a flake I'd already designed after Father Dyer Peak, or finally start writing my crocheted bicycle pattern and use the wheel as a kind-of, halfway, sort-of, distantly connected Father's Day snowflake. Because some dads like to bike...
I couldn't decide what to do, so I asked The Lizard.
"Finish up your golf club flake," he suggested.
I guess that means the other two ideas don't cut the mustard!
So, I finished the prototype snowflake, pinned and glued it, then asked The Lizard what he thought.
"Oh, that looks great!" he said.
"Are you sure?"
"Why? What's wrong with it?" He had that same expression guys display when they've accidentally said the wrong thing after their gals ask if something makes them look fat or if they are wearing the right color or if their hair is right.
"It doesn't really look like a snowflake," I complained.
"No, it doesn't," The Lizard replied. "But it looks like golf clubs."
Back to the drawing board. My second attempt is more acceptable to me, and The Lizard still likes it, even though he doesn't golf. The second one looks a bit more like putt putt golf than real golf to me, but it still looks like golf clubs, so I'm happy, AND it looks like a snowflake. Sort of. Even better is one of each, stacked and glued, for a 12-point snowflake. I'm including both sets of instructions because Dolores likes to make all versions of my snowflakes, including the ones I consider Fails.
I thought about naming this snowflake after a golf course. At one time, I had to do disclosure for every golf course in Colorado, so I'm familiar with most of them, even though I don't golf. I even have a favorite... Arrowhead, shown above, where I've shot a few weddings. It's one of the most beautiful backdrops I've used in portraiture, but to me, a snowflake with the name Arrowhead should at least look like an arrowhead, so I'll work on that one in the future. As a result, today's goofy (or golfy) snowflake is going to get a goofy (or golfy) name: Six Golf Clubs for Dad.
My suggestion is to give Dad more than just this snowflake. Attach it to a box of brand new golf balls.
You've heard of "Dirty Dancing," right? We have Dirty Golf Clubs! This spotty thread has a story behind it. I'll share the tale and photos of how it happened in an upcoming snowflake pattern.
And check this out. You can use this pattern to make fringe, bunting or prayer flags. (huge grin)
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: 6 inches and 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 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
NOTE: This snowflake is not worked in the round. Also, I did not glitter this snowflake.
Big Golf Club Flake
*Ch 25, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch, ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, bring up loop through each of next 2 sc, yo and draw through all three loops on hook (dec made), DO NOT ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sk next ch in starting ch 25 and 1 sc in each of next 14 ch, 1 dc in each of next 5 ch; repeat from * around 5 times; taking care not to twist work, sl st in starting ch; bind off. Weave in ends.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.
Small Golf Club Flake
*Ch 15, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 3 ch, ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, bring up loop through each of next 2 sc, yo and draw through all three loops on hook (dec made), DO NOT ch 1, turn, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sk next ch in starting ch 15 and 1 sc in each of next 5 ch, 1 dc in each of next 4 ch; repeat from * around 5 times; taking care not to twist work, sl st in starting ch; 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. 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.