30 January 2012

Snowflake Monday

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I have been enamored with Queen Anne’s Lace since the very first time I saw my first sample, and I have since hoarded every pattern variation I can find.

As I designed the Uncompahgre Peak Snowflake, I kept thinking how perfect the snowflake would be if I worked it up into a lace pattern such as Queen Anne’s Lace. Nellie Creek is the name of the main trailhead to the summit of Uncompahgre, but that didn’t sound quite royal enough to me for something so elegant.

My next thought was Mount Lady Washington, which provides what I believe is the most dramatic view of Longs Peak a photographer can desire. Longs Peak and Uncompahgre are nearly across the state from each other, yet the name of Longs’ neighbor evokes emotions of princess nuptials, the summit view of The Diamond is fit for a queen, plus, Washington state is one of the places I longed to live if I couldn’t live in Colorado. To me, this scarf exemplifies the grace, poise and refinement of such personalities as Lady Di and Duchess Kate.

Anniversary Chasm Lake hike
Leave it to me to pick a mountain for which I have no photos...

Longs Peak and Chasm Falls below Mount Lady Washington
The lower slopes of Mount Lady Washington are to the right in both photos.

13,281-foot Mount Lady Washington received part of its name from Anna Dickinson, the first white woman to successfully climb Longs Peak, while atop Longs’ summit in 1873. She took the name from New Hampshire’s highest point, which she had climbed 26 times. Anna Dickinson, a gifted teacher and lecturer, was an advocate for women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery. She was far from just a mountain climber and tourist; she was the first woman to address the United States Congress.

Among the hikers accompanying her on her historic climb of Longs Peak was journalist Nathan Meeker, who inserted the word Lady into the new name in honor of Anna Dickinson. (Another of Longs’ neighbors, Centennial 13er Mount Meeker, was in turn named for the journalist who was slain six years later in the Meeker Massacre. Mount Meeker and Longs Peak are referred to as the Twin Peaks, one of many mountain duos by that moniker in Colorado.)

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I snatch up just about every reasonably priced mostly white with touches of blue sock and lace yarn I can find specifically to use for this pattern, but the pattern also will work with worsted weight.

One particular hank of sock yarn I'd picked up at half price ran out as I was making a final whole snowflake to attach to the end of a finished scarf so both scarf ends match. The yarn had been discontinued. I searched and searched. Friends searched and searched. I even tried to buy leftovers from anyone who had any. Finally, Knackful Knitter Maria found a single full skein – at full price. All I needed was a few more inches! Yes, I bought it. Good thing I like the color!

Sue at Mr. Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness inspired me to work another whole snowflake to attach to the end of this scarf so both ends have matching complete snowflakes. This pattern may be made with or without the second full snowflake.

If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

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You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes and/or scarves you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Mount Lady Washington Snowflake Scarf

Size: snowflake 7.5 inches from point to point; scarf 9.5 inches wide and 54 inches long
Materials: 4 ounces (100 grams) of sock/fingering yarn or approximately 400 yards, size B crochet hook

Individual Sock Yarn Snowflake Instructions

Ch 7, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 18 dc in ring; sl st across starting ch 2 and into starting dc. Do not pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same dc, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 dc in same dc as starting dc, [ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of staring ch 2] ([ ] counts as final ch 3 sp).

Round 3: 1 sc over post of final dc of Round 2, *ch 8, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 8, sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: *1 sc in next 8 ch sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times. Do not sl st into starting st.
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 5: *1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times. Do not sl st into starting st.

Round 6: *2 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st into top of dc, 1 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, bind off and weave in ends.

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Mount Lady Washington Scarf Instructions

Ch 7, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: 9 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Do not pull magic ring too tight

Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 2 dc in each sc around for total of 18; sl st across starting ch 2 and into starting dc.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same dc, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 dc in same dc as starting dc, [ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of staring ch 2] ([ ] counts as final ch 3 sp).

Round 4: 1 sc over post of final dc of Round 3, *ch 8, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc (ch 3 and tr count as final ch 8); sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: 1 sc over post of tr just worked, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, *1 sc in next 8 ch sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc (ch 3 and tr count as final ch 7 sp).

Round 6: 1 sc around post of tr just worked, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, *1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same loop as starting sc, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc (ch 3 and tr count as final ch 7 sp).

Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over tr just worked, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, *2 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st into top of dc, 1 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, ch 1 sc in same ch as sl st (sc and sl st count as final ch 2 picot); turn. You have finished working in the round and now will work in rows, back and forth.

Ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch 3 picot; turn.

Row 8: Ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch 3 picot; turn.

Ch 1, 14 sc in ch 10 sp, sl st into next ch 3 picot and turn.

Row 9: Ch 1, 14 sc in ch 10 sp; on this row only, ch 2 and turn. On repeat rows after 1st repeat, sl st into next ch 3 picot and turn.

1 dc in each sc across; sl st in next ch 3 picot; ch 1 and turn.

Row 10: 1 dc in each sc across for a total of 14; sl st in next ch 3 picot; ch 1 and turn.

Row 11: *Sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in same dc; repeat from * across 3 times for a total of 4 points; on this row only, ch 2 and turn. On repeat rows after 1st repeat, sl st in next ch 3 picot; ch 2 and turn.

Row 12: *1 sc in next ch 3 point, ch 8; repeat from * across 3 times; 1 sc in same ch 3 picot as sl st at end of Row 9; ch 1, turn.

Row 13: 1 sc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, *ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * across 3 more times; ch 1, turn.

Row 14: *1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * across 3 times; ch 1, turn.

sl st in next ch 2 picot

Row 15: *2 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st into top of dc, 1 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * across 3 more times; sl st in next ch 2 picot.
Repeat Rows 8-15 23 times or for desired length. Bind off; weave in ends.

If desired, make a second sock yarn snowflake and attach two points to end of scarf so both ends have a full snowflake.

This scarf does not have to be blocked, but it looks better – regal – when blocked.

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11 comments:

  1. The only thing better (possibly) is the real flower! Your mountain photo is awesome...you look happy and very content out there in the open air! Nice photos!

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  2. The Goatmother is so happy to see this tutorial! She has tried the Queen Anne's lace before and it just didn't turn out well. The snowflakes at the ends seem to complete it very nicely too.

    By the way, did the Lizard enjoy the trilogy???

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  3. Wow, your scarf is stunning! You are very clever!

    I was thinking about you a couple of days ago, and being completely useless at remembering things a the right time, forgot to message you later when sat with the iPad, I'm sure you probably did, but did you see the google dedication to the 125th anniversary of the largest snowflake (recorded?) a few days ago....I hope you did!

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  4. Soooo beautiful - must try myself!!!

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  5. May you never run out of mountains for which you have not climbed; and creative energy to unfold into snowflakes

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  6. You never cease to amaze me! I am thinking this scarf would be so cute with an Easter outfit even tho there are snowflakes. Here in MI quite often there is still snow around here.

    Thanks again!

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  7. Wow, Deb, this is a knockout! SO beautiful and almost bridal-looking (and would make a lovely shawl). Now I understand the rather cryptic comment you made (nearly a year ago now!) about reverse-engineering a pattern.

    Washington State would be a very nice place to live. I hope Marigold was suitably gratified by your commendation of her home state.

    And thank you for referring to Diana and Kate by their proper titles. The "princess" denomination, when improperly used, is somewhat annoying to nit-picky Anglophiles such as myself. :)

    P.S. Fascinating bit of history re Anna Dickinson. I wonder if she wore bloomers? I can't imagine hiking in a long skirt and all those petticoats.

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  8. Thank you for sharing your pattern.. these are beautiful!

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  9. I have enjoyed your creativity in your work that I have looked at tonight. I woullike to try a few of them.

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