20 February 2012

Snowflake Monday

Moose Junction

From the notes I left when I designed this snowflake, I mistakenly thought this project from a year ago was a sock yarn snowflake on the Spindrift quilt. I recently worked up one more flake using the rough-note pattern, making a few necessary adjustments, and was quite surprised to find it wasn't a snowflake I recognized. Initially, I wondered if I'd designed it in my sleep because I could not find the original snowflake, and it didn't come close to any of the flakes on Spindrift.

A little more research led me to the true inspiration behind this pattern. Years ago I made McKenna Ryan's "Moose Junction," back when it was first released in 1999, and for more than a decade it has hung above my bed, regardless of where I have lived. I see this stunning collection of blues every single night before I fall asleep and first thing every morning when I wake. After searching my home one final time for the missing snowflake, I found the very crystal behind today's design. It's one of the snowflakes in the border fabric of my winter wildlife wall hanging! This snowflake came from a quilt; it just didn't come from Spindrift!

inspiration

Isn't it funny how you can look at things every day and not see them?

Whatever happened to that original snowflake? I'd overlooked the white thread flake several times while searching for what I thought from my notes was supposed to be a blue sock yarn snowflake that must not have made it into Spindrift. The original snowflake wasn't night-sky hued; the fabric background of the model snowflake is the color culprit!

Hence today's name: Hide and Seek Snowflake.

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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!

Hide and Seek Snowflake

Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 20 crochet thread, size 13 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffening agent, 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 may be worked with size 10 thread and size 7 or 8 hook, and it will be slightly larger than what I've made.)

Instructions

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc, 1 hdc in next sc, *3 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in same sc as starting dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 3: 1 sc in same ch, *ch 6, 1 sc in middle dc of next 3/dc group; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc (ch 3 and tr count as final ch 6 sp).
Round 4: 1 sc in loop, *ch 12, 1 sc in next loop; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, 1 qtr (5 yo) in starting sc (ch 5 and qtr count as final ch 12 sp).
Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc); 1 dc in loop, 2 hdc in same loop, 6 sc in same loop, *in next loop work 6 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, 2 hdc and 6 sc; repeat from * around 4 times; 6 sc in next loop, 2 hdc in same loop, 1 dc in same loop; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 6: 1 sc in same ch, ch 12, *1 sc in middle dc of next 3/dc group, ch 12; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting sc.
Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc, *[3 dc in next ch 12 sp, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked] 5 times for a total of 5 picots along ch 12 sp; 3 dc in same sp, 2 dc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 7, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in 6th ch from hook, working back down spike ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in next sc, ch 6, sl st in same sc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 2 dc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 more times, omitting last 2 dc of on final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.

Hide and Seek Snowflake

7 comments:

  1. You are a blessing from God. Thank you so much for sharing your life and your wonderful snowflakes with us. Opal

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  2. Great quilt! One day I will have a quilt hanging above my bed. Your snowflakes bring me some refreshment. We are melting in this heat! Brazilian kisses...

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  3. Oh! Love that hanging! It has goats!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  4. I do love that blue border fabric (I have a bit of it myself).

    Lovely flake and I'm so glad you tracked down the source! At our time of life it's easy to feel as though we're losing our minds... :)

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  5. Your flakes are as always very pretty :)

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  6. you like blue on snowflakes too. :) It is beautiful. Really!

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  7. Oh yeah, great quilt and a lovely snowflake..

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