07 May 2012

Snowflake Monday

Mother's Day Snowflake
This Mother’s Day snowflake was inspired in part by two-color snowflakes I've seen by others using my 3D Crystal Rose Snowflake and in part by the gorgeous flowerlike colorways of thread I've used in the centers.

Mother's Day Snowflake
I had such a great time trying every flower-hued thread in my collection.

Mother's Day Snowflake flowers

Mother's Day Snowflake flowers

Mother's Day Snowflake flowers

Mother's Day Snowflake flower
In honor of the Goatmother...

in honor of Goatmother
If you’re not into flowers covered by a blanket of late spring snow, make the snowflake portion of the snowflake in green.

Mother's Day Snowflake

Mother's Day Snowflake
Thread colors inspired me, but so did this real life flower in my garden.

dahlia, I think

Mother's Day Snowflake

Mother's Day Snowflake
Not only did I have fun making all these snowflakes, I had fun playing with them, too. And playing. And playing. And playing... I even added some new free wallpapers here.

Hi!

Mother's Day Snowflake flower

Mother's Day Snowflake

Mother's Day Snowflake variation

Mother's Day Snowflake variation

Think Pink!

Happy Mother's Day!
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!

Mother's Day Snowflake
Finished Size: 5.5 inches from point to point
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors, 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

Mother's Day Snowflake Instructions

With flower color, ch 4, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: * Ch 2, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring (petal made); repeat from *5 times for a total of 6 petals. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Ch 1, working in same direction but along back of flower, *sl st through 2 bottom loops of next 2 dc (catching 1 thread from each dc), ch 3; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sl st.

Round 3: *Sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 4 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times.

Round 4: Ch 1, working along back of flake, * sl st in bottom two loops of middle 2 dc of next petal (catching 1 thread from each of middle 2 dc), ch 4; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc of this row.

Round 5: *Sl st in next ch 4 sp, ch 2, 6 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 6: With white, * sl st into back 2 bottom middle loops of any 6 dc petal, *ch 6, sl st into back 2 bottom middle loops of next petal; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat and sl st into starting sl st instead.

Round 7: *1 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st into starting sc.

Round 8: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), *sk next sc and next hdc, 1 dc in next hdc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 2, sk next 2 dc, 1 dc in next hdc, ch 1, 1 dc between next 2 sc, ch 1; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 2 hdc in next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 hdc in next ch 2 sp, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 10: Ch 6, sk next 4 st, sl st into next st, ch 6, sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, sl st in same sp, ch 6, sk next 3 st, sl st in next st, ch 6, sk next 4 st, sl st in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat; sl st in same ch as ending sl st of Round 9.

Round 11: * 3 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 6, sl st in next ch 6 loop, 6 dc in next ch 6 loop, 1 tr in same loop, ch 3, sl st in top of tr, 1 tr in same loop, 6 dc in same loop, sl st in next ch 6 sp, ch 6, 3 sc in next ch 6 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. TIP: Pin down center of flower to give the flower a little more depth, but leave petals loose to shape naturally instead of forcing them to be identical.

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.

Mother's Day Snowflakes
The bonus joined motif pattern is included below. This project requires a LOT of shaping. If you do not like to block snowflakes, do not attempt this project. I'm hoping to make a vest from my joined motifs, and I think the final project will be well worth the significant blocking effort required.

Mother's Day Snowflake variation
Mother's Day Snowflake Motif Instructions

With flower color, ch 4, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: * Ch 2, 2 dc in ring, ch 2, sl st in ring (petal made); repeat from *5 times for a total of 6 petals. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Ch 1, working in same direction but along back of flower, *sl st through 2 bottom loops of next 2 dc (catching 1 thread from each dc), ch 3; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sl st.

Round 3: *Sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 4 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times.

Round 4: Ch 1, working along back of flake, * sl st in bottom two loops of middle 2 dc of next petal (catching 1 thread from each of middle 2 dc), ch 4; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc of this row.

Round 5: *Sl st in next ch 4 sp, ch 2, 6 dc in same sp, ch 2, sl st in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 6: With white, * sl st into back 2 bottom middle loops of any 6 dc petal, *ch 6, sl st into back 2 bottom middle loops of next petal; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sl st of final repeat and sl st into starting sl st instead.

Round 7: *1 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st into starting sc.

Round 8: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), *2 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 dc between next 2 sc, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times, 2 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 7 to form final ch 5 sp of round.

Round 9: 1 sc in same sp (over tr just worked), *ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 3 and sc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in starting sc to form final ch 3 sp of round.

Round 10: 1 sc in same sp (over dc just worked), *ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 3 and sc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in starting sc to form final ch 3 sp of round.

Round 11: 1 sc in same sp (over dc just worked), *ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

After finishing one motif, the following motifs will be joined as you go as follows.

Motif Joining Round 11: 1 sc in same sp (over dc just worked), *ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 sp, {ch 1, 1 sc in ch 3 point of first motif, ch 1, 5 dc in same sp of second motif, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp of first motif, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp of second motif, [ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of first motif, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp of second motif] 3 times but working 3rd second motif sc into next ch 3 sp of second motif, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp of first motif, ch 1, 5 dc in next ch 3 sp (tip) of second motif, ch 1, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp (tip) of first motif, ch 1}, 5 dc in same ch 3 sp (tip) of second motif, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp of second motif; repeat from * around 4 times, omitting { } joining sequence unless joining to more than one motif and omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

When joining more than two motifs, work joint joins (where two tips are already joined) with ch 1, 1 sc through at least two threads of tip joining, ch 1. By working through more than 1 thread on a join, one thread won’t be pulled loose for an unsightly mess during blocking.

My project is being blocked with plain water, sprayed in a fine mist, as I go, but I may use a watered-down spray starch to very lightly shape the garment when completely done.

Mother's Day Snowflake variation

15 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! Have a wonderful day and week ... blessings.

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  2. Oh my goodness I just love what you did with all these stunning pieces of artwork blended with photos of heavenly flowers ....and all in time for a grand day coming very soon...A very special Happy Mother's Day early for you....and to say thank you for always bringing such lovely visions to my screen! Karen

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  3. Beautiful! I especially love the green one. Love the combination that makes a doily.

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  4. The pink one is my favourite.

    BTHOOC!

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  5. My friend and I thank you! Her favorite snowflake that I made for last year was your other one with a rose in the middle.

    Now I will be able to make her another one! I started my first one in all white but thinking when I stiffen it I will put pink glitter on the flower!

    And the flakes connected are gorgeous, thinking a shawl for Christmas may be in someone's future from this idea!

    Thanks once again for making for a wonderful beginning of my week of crocheting.

    Brenda

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  6. :), this snowflake is so cute and versatile and I like your photos a lot.

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  7. Wow your flower snowflakes are so beautiful!

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  8. sool way to play around with your work. One of those flowers looks like something I made when I was young. But that one is gone now. I think I lost it when I moved.

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  9. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I think I'm gonna try this one!!

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  10. I started this snowflake last night and I think I found a slight error in Rnd 8. I think there should be a ch 1 after the last dc in the repeat instructions. Email me if you don't understand what I am trying to say.

    I'm definitely loving this flake! Going to add some beads to 2 last rows.

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  11. Good catch, Brenda! Thank you!

    And thank you, Gloria, Karen, Susan, Charlotte, Sue, Neferi, Cat, Monica and Pam!

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  12. Wanted to show you my version of your latest snowflake! I love it but....well....I did it again....same thing you did with last week's snowflake! Yup, 7 points but I still like it. check it out. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=410319012332018&set=a.406464699384116.98367.349807808383139&type=3&theater

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  13. I haven't been online as much, so here's my late comment. This is so amazing! I love the colors; they are so gorgeous and fitting for spring!

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  14. So pretty! What a great mother's day pattern.

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