05 March 2012

Snowflake Monday

Valentine Wave II Snowflake

Here is another snowflake inspired by our trip to The Wave and by the colors in my latest batch of (purchased) hand-dyed thread.

I didn't notice until after the first snowflake (the Quartzite one) dried that the eyelets had the potential to look like hearts, so I emphasized the heart shaping on the white snowflake and the striped snowflake. The pinning overkill (more than 160 pins per snowflake) was highly worth the blister that formed on my index finger.

To form wave ridges on the snowflake (as on the white one), work into only back loop of each stitch in solid sections.

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

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!

The Wave II

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, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Valentine Wave II Snowflake Instructions

Ch 5, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, *ch 5, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times for a total of 6 spokes; ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: *4 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, sl st in top of last sc just made (picot made), 4 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: *1 sc in next sc (skipping sc just slip stitched into), ch 8, sk next 4 sc (and picot), 1 sc in next sc, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st into starting sc.

Round 4: Ch 1, *6 sc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, sl st in top of sc just made, 6 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: *1 sc in next sc (skipping sc just slip stitched into), 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 8, sk picot and next 4 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 6:Ch 1, *1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 6 sc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, sl st in top of sc just made, 6 sc in same sp, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 7: Ch 2, *1 hdc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 8, sk next 4 sc (and picot), 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc in each of next 3 sc, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting hdc.
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 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each of next 4 st, *1 hdc in next ch 8 sp, 5 sc in same sp, ch 3, sl st in top of sc just made, 5 sc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 hdc in each of next 10 st; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 5 hdc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc), 1 hdc in each of next 6 st, *1 sc in each of next 2 st, ch 8, sk next 4 sc (and picot), 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 hdc in each of next 14 st; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 7 hdc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 6 st, *1 hdc in each of next 2 st, 1 hdc in next ch 8 sp, 5 sc in same sp, ch 3, st st in top of sc just made, 5 sc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 hdc in each of next 2 st, 1 dc in each of next 14 st; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 7 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 11: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 8 st, 1 hdc in each of next 2 st, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, ch 8, sk next 4 sc (and picot), 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 1 hdc in each of next 2 st, 1 dc in each of next 18 st; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 9 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 12: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of next 2 st, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made, [1 dc in each of next 3 st, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made] 3 times, *1 dc in next st, 2 hdc in next ch 8 sp, 4 sc in same sp, ch 3, sl st in sc just made, 4 sc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in next st, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked, [1 dc in each of next 3 st, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made] 8 times; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next st, 2 hdc in next ch 8 sp, 4 sc in same sp, ch 3, sl st in sc just made, 4 sc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in next st, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked, [1 dc in each of next 3 st, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made] 3 times, 1 dc in each of next 2 st, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, ch 3, sl st in same 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.

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.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. 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.

Taken with SmugShot on my iPhone

Taken with SmugShot on my iPhone

16 comments:

  1. wow!
    so enjoy reading all your posts deborah
    and congratulations on ride the rockies!

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  2. I am so in love with this flake. And the Wave. I must see the Wave someday (and hopefully with The Boy! By the way, he likes your photography too. =])

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  3. It is amazing. Can't say which color version is better, I love them all.

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  4. Love all the colors, but think the first colored one is my favorite!

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  5. Wow, I can see the Wave really inspired you. This is just gorgeous. Can't decide which one I like best! I think it would make a lovely doily or table topper if done in a slightly larger yarn.

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  6. I think, this can be used in a blanket...

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  7. Thank you so much for shsring this beautiful pattern. I will be making it in white for a white linen cushion.

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  8. hermoso todo lo que haces saludos desde san clemente del tuyu argentina

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  9. I love these, you are very creative. Thank you for the pattern.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! This particular pattern has a very special place in my heart!

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    1. Thank you, Alison! This is one of my favorite snowflakes!

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  11. Love these snow flakes, thx for sharing.

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  12. Hello,
    I too love your snowflakes and Blog. They are all amazing. I was wondering..didn't at one time you do a calendar or book with your snowflakes with the patterns included? I would love to see that post again if you can send me a link. You do such great work. I can see you have many passions and pour your heart into each and everyone. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, R! Not only for the nice words, but also for brightening my day. Your comment is so perfectly timed! I've been struggling this week through a series of snarky emails about my patterns and my websites, and once again (fourth time in five years), I was tempted to stop blogging altogether because of one person in a very bad mood chose me to unleash upon. Thank you for flipping my frowny face upside down and making me cheerful again!

      "Hot off the Press" probably is the blog post you are thinking of, but the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has shut down the donations website again to close out their financial books for the year. (They likely are staffed by mostly volunteers whom they hope to reward for ten months' worth of bookkeeping by giving them the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays off, with no stress and no website to maintain!)

      I've had several crocheters asking about how they can donate during this down time to obtain the pattern booklets, and I received an alternative from the Denver office of the NMSS explaining how that may be done until the new site opens, at which point I will register for 2015's ride and begin raising funds for the 2016 ride with a new booklet with all new, never-published patterns.

      If you need a pattern booklet before then, please email me at the webmaster address in the sidebar to the right (below "Contributors" and above "Copyright"), and I will send their instructions to you.

      Thank you again for brightening my day. I appreciate your warm fuzzy and hope it continues to spread joy.

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