13 August 2012

Snowflake Monday

Ravellenics Snowflake
Two and a half years ago I made a snowflake during the Winter Olympics to earn a virtual "medal" on Ravelry. Last month I had to change the name of that snowflake because we (all two million Ravelers) are no longer allowed to use the name the competition went by then.

Today's snowflake will be called by the new name for the Ravelry challenge during the Summer Olympics, the Ravellenics, and I'll never have to change the name of this snowflake. Ha!

Last week's snowflake was a boredom break in my big Ravellenics project, a knitted Lanesplitter skirt. Today's snowflake was created in celebration of finishing the two-week skirt.

However, I was on the train when I made the prototype, jotting the pattern on my trusty smartphone as I worked (a brilliant idea given me by Raveler MrsAdriana), and unbeknownst to me, my service provider was having major difficulties and outages for three solid days. The pattern I wrote on my phone was lost in space. That's almost a good enough name for a snowflake, but I don't want to risk being forced to change another snowflake name due to trademark skittishness.

Almost Ravellenics Snowflake
I recreated the snowflake by looking at the first one, the pink and orchid one above (my own hand-dye!), and I made a few changes I think improve the overall appearance. Nevertheless, it was heartbreaking to discover I had to write the whole pattern again! (Good thing it was a small snowflake!)

Better to rewrite a fairly fresh pattern than have to rename a two-year-old snowflake.

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!

Ravellenic Snowflake Rock
Finished Size: 3.75 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

Instructions

Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch OR make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Pull loop on hook nearly as tall as a dc and twist one time (counts as 1st dc of 4/dc cluster), [yo and draw up a loop through same sc as sl st, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and bring through all 4 loops on hook (starting dc cluster made), ch 4, * sk next sc, [yo and draw up a loop through next sc, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 4 times, yo and bring through all 5 loops on hook, ch 4; repeat from * 4 more times, sl st into starting dc cluster.
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Round 3: *1 sc in next ch 4 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc in top of tr, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in tr, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in top of tr, 1 tr in same ch 3 sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, sl st in 4th ch from hook; 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.

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.

Ravellenics Snowflake

3 comments:

  1. Again upon seeing your stunning covered rock, I tell myself, I am so going to do this! It's probably a good thing I don't have your talent at this, or I'd be making little covers for my mailbox and etc! But I do have a special garden for this with a special rock in mind! So someday!

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  2. Love the snowflake on the rock. Super idea!

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  3. "Lost in Cyberspace"? (Or is that name taken too?)

    It's amazing how different the snowflakes look when wrapped around a stone - it really brings out different bits of the pattern.

    Gosh, that hand-dyed thread is pretty. I like the simplicity of this snowflake - the outer row reminds me a bit of Canadian maple leaves, and a bit of the Olympic flame. (Oops - am I allowed to use that word?):)

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