27 June 2011

Snowflake Monday

100 miles!
A couple of weeks ago, The Lizard asked when I am going to start making white snowflakes again.

"You don't like them in color?"

"Yes, but snowflakes are white," he answered.

"What about when they sparkle in the sunlight?"

He tipped his head thoughtfully and agreed some snowflakes should be colorful. Yet, I get the message. White will be making a comeback here.

I liked the little hearts on last week's snowflake so much, I stole them and used them again in this snowflake. This pattern is designed with all the same emotions and purpose of last week's snowflake. Freedom, independence, courage, generosity, gratitude, achievement, success and pure joy. I hope you will feel some of what I was feeling when I designed this late Friday night, on the eve before my big ride.

Because this is my 100th snowflake pattern, I'm going to call it my Century Snowflake. It also celebrates me successfully completely 150 miles Saturday and Sunday in the annual BikeMS event (and The Lizard completing the century option Sunday) and hopefully, if my legs hold out, 1,000 miles this month. It commemorates my generous contributors pushing me up and over the High Roller mark and making The Lizard a Premium Pedaler in raising money for multiple sclerosis. And, I couldn't resist making an additional flake in a star shape (pattern included; this one does have adjustments) from Valdani's "Americana" colorway. Because, after all, next week is yet another holiday, and I'll still be celebrating!

My stars are not perfectly shaped. I haven't had time to search for a star blocking template or design one of my own. So please forgive my uneven points... I'm no eyeball engineer, sadly.

Also, I've FINALLY finished coding a snowflake pattern directory. (Whew, did that ever take an hour or eight...) I'll try to keep it updated in a timely manner, but there may be times when it gets a week or two behind. Hopefully there are enough snowflakes to keep your interest even when I'm slow alphabetizing the list. (The copyright notice is prominently displayed in an attempt to prevent blatant plagiarism readers have been kindly bringing to my attention; my readers may continue to print out individual patterns to make snowflakes.)

5 NOV 2013 UPDATE: I'm now registered for the 2014 ride. My new fund-raising page is located here.

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!

century starflake
Finished Size: 8.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, 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

Instructions

century starflake
Five-Point Century Starflake

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 9 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2); *1 dc in next dc, ch 2; repeat from * around 8 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 4.

Round 3: Sl st in next ch 2 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in same sp, *ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 dc in top half of next dc, 1 sc in same ch as dc just worked into, ch 1, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp; repeat from * around 4 times, ending with 1st 3/sc in next ch 2 sp on final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

If you are having trouble with the heart tips, here is a photo tutorial I hope will help.

Round 4: Ch 20 (counts as 1 dc and ch 17), *1 dc over sc of Round 3 into next Round 2 dc (ch looping over heart), ch 17; repeat from * around 3 times; 1 dc over sc of Round 3 into next Round 2 dc, ch 14, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 20.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) *16 dc in next ch 17 sp; repeat from * around 3 times; 15 dc in next ch 17 sp; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, [ch 2, 1 dc in next dc] 4 times, ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in opening between this and next 16/dc group; repeat from * around 4 times, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last 1dc of final repeat.

Round 7: *Ch 5, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 7, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc; repeat from * around 4 times, 1 sc in same st as final sl st of Round 6.

Round 8: * 5 sc in each of next 3 ch 5 sp, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, 2 sc in next ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 6, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 dc in same ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

century snowflake

Six-Point Century Snowflake

Ch 3, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2); *1 dc in next dc, ch 2; repeat from * around 10 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 4.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: Sl st in next ch 2 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in same sp, *ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 dc in top half of next dc, 1 sc in same ch as dc just worked into, ch 1, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with 1st 3/sc in next ch 2 sp on final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

If you are having trouble with the hearts, here is a photo tutorial I hope will help.

Round 4: Ch 20 (counts as 1 dc and ch 17), *1 dc over sc of Round 3 into next Round 2 dc (ch looping over heart), ch 17; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc over sc of Round 3 into next Round 2 dc, ch 14, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 20.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) *16 dc in next ch 17 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 15 dc in next ch 17 sp; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), *sk 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 1 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, sk 2 dc, 1 dc in opening between this and next 16/dc group; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 instead of last dc of final repeat.

Round 7: *Ch 5, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 7, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, 1 sc in same st as final sl st of Round 6.

Round 8: 5 sc in each of next 2 ch 5 sp, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, 2 sc in next ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 6, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 dc in same ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc in same sp, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, 5 sc in each of next 2 ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; 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.

A link to the blocking template I use is located here. That website has some of the most helpful snowflake information I know of. I also have a link to it on my sidebar to the right. I try to keep all the important links there so everyone will be able to find the information they need.

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.

42 comments:

  1. Very pretty. I love the edging you used; reminds me of a doily, in a very good way. =]

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  2. I love this one. That variegated yarn is just beautiful. It would make a lovely doily.

    A couple of ways to make a star template for blocking: here's a pattern to cut a star out of paper.

    http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/fold_and_cut_star_shape.html

    When I was making crochet star ornaments back in the 90s, I made some printouts in black ink on white paper, to put under waxed paper for blocking (the lines showed through the waxed paper). I think I used a basic desktop publishing program and just did 5 heavy lines 72º apart so I could pin the star points equidistantly (is that a real word?).
    I feel like I'm not explaining this very well but I still have a lot of pressure in my head today which makes it hard to think! (I get headachy when there are thunderstorms about.)

    Hope you're all hydrated and rested up today. I can't IMAGINE riding 150 miles in a weekend! And 200 (or 175?) for the Lizard. Way to go both of you!

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    1. Thanks to reader Ruth who let me know the above link is no longer valid. Took some searching, but here is the new link, as of 14 May 2013:
      http://www.dltk-kids.com/usa/fold_and_cut_star_shape.htm

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  3. Ohhh pretty and Congrat's :-)
    Let freedom ring in the land that I love <3 the hearts are perfect in the star.

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  4. I like all the snowflakes you make, they are unbelievable! The white one with the hearts is really a treasure!

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  5. Both your white and your colorful flakes are pretty :)

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  6. I love these and can't wait to crochet them for my collection.!

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  7. Thanks, all! And thank you, Sue, for helping me make my own star template without having to do the math! My brain really doesn't like math...

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  8. Just stopping in to see what I've been missing...

    I love the snowflake!! Another one to add to my list, LOL! I miss my hooking time but the plate has been full this month. Can't wait to get back to business and hanging with you girls.

    Great Job!! Cheers! ~Merri

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  9. Just finished making the starflake, I wanted something far different than the usual snowflake which ALL of your snowflakes are! This one is particularly special with the hearts in it, I'm making them for my mother who is overcome by breast cancer and looks out our living room window all day unable to do much else. I am trying to make it special by hanging window jewelry and snowflakes for her. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us, it's greatly appreciated by many!

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  10. I love your snowflakes!!! I was happy to see the bell and plan to make one AFTER Christmas. I have so many left to make as gifts already.

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  11. While searching for snowflake patterns, I stumbled upon your amazing snowflakes! You have a new fan.

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  12. thanks for this snowflake, and for all your beautiful snowflakes! i'm actually in the process of crocheting this one now (love how the hearts are done- so clever!). i'm just starting round 8 now, and have noticed that although you say 'repeat from * etc'... there's no star anywhere in round 8 to repeat from. i'm pretty sure i can figure out where to repeat from, but i just wanted to mention that in case it trips anyone else up.

    round 6 was tricky! but i got it after a couple tries :) i'm really pleased with this so far, it's worked up faster than i thought it would (ALSO IT'S GORGEOUS). i'm making a set of snowflake ornaments for my mother's christmas tree - i plan to craft some rather elaborate hooks out of sterling silver wire, and have the bottom points of my snowflakes dripping with crystal beaded fringe :P

    and ah yes- i'm definitely subscribing :D wonderful blog by a wonderful person :)

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  13. Thank you, Jet! Looks like I must have been pretty distracted (or exhausted) when I typed up that row. I found another owie, too. Both have been fixed. Thank you so much for helping me get it right!

    I'd love to see photos of your fancy flakes when you finish dressing them up. They sound beautiful!

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  14. Just stumbled on your website, and I love it. There are so many beautiful designs. How would I get a copy of your snowflake pattern booklet? It looks wonderful!! I intend to crochet quite a lot of your patterns. Also read some of your blogs. Your a very busy person!! Good luck in all that you do. Happy Trails.
    Debs

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    1. Hi, Debs! (GREAT name!!!) Welcome! Make a tax-deductible contribution here, and I'll receive notification from the NMSS, and then I'll email the booklet to you.

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  15. :D i'll be sure to send you pics when they're all done :D thanks again!

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  16. I adore your patterns! I am so amazed at your ability to come up with so many designs. I linked to you on my blog this morning too: http://www.mooglyblog.com/10-free-crochet-christmas-ornament-patterns/

    Thanks so much for sharing your patterns!

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    1. Thanks, Tamara! What a great collection you've assembled there! Thanks for including me!

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  17. hello....i just discovered your amazing library of snowflakes, thank you! i pinned it to a board of mine for crochet....and then i saw your blog post about copyright. I read that you didn't mind sharing the patterns, but i am confused if you mean we can pin or not! i totally don't want to take advantage of your patterns/ site, etc. If you would like, i will remove the pin asap!
    thank you
    I ME

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    1. Hi, I Me

      Thank you for asking and for caring about copyrights. I appreciate that!

      I do not mind my snowflakes being pinned, as long as they are linked back to me. Many of my patterns have been stolen by what they call scraper bloggers, who steal everything they post, and then pinned by the theives to generate traffic back to their own websites so they can hurt innocent readers with malicious ads or con them into scams. I very much object to that and I do follow through when I find out about it.

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  18. Ciao,i tuoi fiocchi di neve sono BELLISSIMI.BUON NATALE,da VIAREGGIO.ITALIA

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  19. CIAO,ituoi fiocchi di neve sono bellissimi.

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    1. Thank you, Emilia, and welcome! Grazie, e benvenuto!

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  20. Hello!
    I'm an aspiring crocheter who only recently decided to tackle snowflakes. I found you through a google search and just LOVE your patterns!!! As a newbie I'm still trying to understand it all. I've been trying to work through this one for a few days now and keep getting stuck on rows 4 & 5.

    *1 dc over sc of Round 3 into next Round 2 dc ~ 'doesn't this mean one double crochet over single crochet of Round 3 into next Round 2 double crochet'?

    Why can't I wrap my head around this part? I don't understand how to dc over sc of Round 3 and then into next Round 2 dc.

    Then also, as I start on Round 5, if I dc 16 times I don't get the delicate spacing as shown in the photo. It turns into just a consistent row all the way around. I'm hoping it has something to do with whatever I'm missing in Round 4?

    I'm sorry to bother you about what should be simple instructions but I'm determined to complete this pattern since I love it so much! Any guidance would be so much appreciated!

    Best regards~
    Jen K

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    1. Hi, Jen, and thanks for writing. I don't mind at all when anyone has questions. However, I do not have a crochet hook in my hand right now, so I don't know if I'm visualizing this stuff properly, so take what I say with a grain of salt. :)

      Basically, just pretend the sc (or single crochet) you are working over is not there. Just crochet into the dc (or double crochet) below it. I think they call it a drop stitch because you are dropping down in to the row or round below the one right below where you are working.

      I had to count the dcs in that 5th round because I couldn't remember even doing that part. Old age... I don't know if you are doing anything wrong at all. Did you do the ch 14 loops in Round 4? If the loops are not big enough to hold all 16 stitches (which sometimes do need to be squeezed together at the base so they can fan out at the top), it is perfectly okay to make a longer chain loop. I crochet chains very tightly in contrast to all the other stitches, so it is entirely possible your chain might be a tad short. But do try squeezing the stitches toward the center of the chain loop at the base. I think that should help.

      If you still have problems, please let me know, and I'll try to do a photo tutorial to add to the pattern, but I'm behind by two photo tutorials right now... I'm going to try to get them up this weekend.

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    2. I too am in love with snowflakes, you site is awesome. Just finished the heart one. I had a bit of trouble ad well, but looking at the heart tutorial helped. Round six I think, was the trouble spot, had to count the spaces in the photo to get the idea. There are seven. I am not good with long repetitive instructions, my head starts to go doolally! But I got there in the end! Thanks!

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    3. Thanks, Nancy! Thanks for hanging in there and finishing it. I'm glad you got through it! I made this one again during my recent vacation, and I'd forgotten how much I like it!

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  21. bellissimi tutti questi cristalli di ghiaccio!!...mi piacerebbe riuscire ad avere gli schemi per poterli realizzare..grazie...

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    1. Thank you, Santina! I do not yet have the diagrams; I hope to be able to chart all the patterns at some point.

      Non ho grafici ancora; spero di essere in grado di attirare tutti i miei disegni un giorno.

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  22. I went searching for some new snowflake patterns as I like to make them every year for christmas. MY! i have hit gold! awesome! THANK YOU! such an inspirational story too! so glad I found you.

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    1. Thank you, AfricanAussie! I never thought of my website as a goldmine, so that is quite the compliment!

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  23. I just found your web site and I love the snowflakes. They are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Michele, and welcome! Glad to get to know you!

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  24. Love, love, love ALL your snowflakes! Thank you so much for sharing your genius with us! I'm about to block and stiffen my first snowflake and I'm rather nervous. I've looked at the link you provided and have the template ready. When you say to paint the snowflake with the glue mixture, do you only paint one side?

    Thank you again!

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    1. Thank you, Karli! Yes, I paint only one side of the snowflake. It saturates through to the other side, and the fibers absorb some of the excess. If you are using water-soluble glue and you don't like the finished results, you can wash it out and do it over again. No permanent damage, so nothing to be afraid of. The finished snowflake should be just fine, and each one you do will build more confidence, and pretty soon, you'll have more snowflakes than space to decorate!

      Good luck, and let me know how it goes if you can!

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  25. Help! I'm new to crochet. I stumbled across your patterns whilst looking for snowflakes! I'm based in the UK and have tried so hard to convert your crochet into UK terminology! I failed, and well my crochet attempt is rather devastating! Could you help?

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    1. Welcome, Valerie! I'm not very good with the translation myself; I tried converting one of my patterns once by a search and replace, and it changed things that shouldn't have been changed. Basically, our stitches are one more yarn over than your stitches. I'll see if I can do this right from the top of my head. In some places, I've seen my sl st would be a sc for you, but in other places, I've seen my sl st is also a sl st or ss for you. My sc would be a dc for you. My dc would be a tr for you. My hdc is a htr for you. My tr is a dtr for you. British crocheter Ersie Major has done a translation here. I hope that helps, and I'm sorry I'm not better at this so I can write both.

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  26. Thanks! I tried find and replace too! Oh well! I will keep trying and one day with practice I will get there! Thanks for your help though! ��

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    1. Valerie, you've inspired me to try to learn to speak a new language. :) I've tried converting a simple snowflake into British terminology and will be publishing it on October 27. As I gain confidence and get better at the conversion, I'll try to go back and do this one, too, because it is very popular, but it also is a little complicated. My goal also is to one day chart all my patterns, but that will take considerably longer.

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  27. Yay! Thank you! thank you! Lol! I'm ste trying to convert it myself...still failing! :-(

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