15 October 2012

Snowflake Monday


Cold Shivers Snowflake

What could be a better name for a snowflake than Cold Shivers?

And these are all the tears I've cried:

Cold Shivers Snowflake

Cold Shivers Snowflake

Cold Shivers Snowflake

Cold Shivers Snowflake

This snowflake has one move on the second round that might drive you nuts; but trust me, it works. You will be working a mega treble crochet to complete one of the chain-24 loops, and then you will be working right over that odd stitch as if it was a chain. The alternatives are to slip stitch all the way up the side of a chain-24 loop to get to the top to start the next round, which I hate because that loop will look different than the rest, or cut the thread and join again at the top, which is doable but means more ends to weave in. Hopefully this makes it easier to understand why I've included something that seems so crazy and unorthodox.

Cold Shivers 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!

Cold Shivers Snowflake

Finished Size: 6.5 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
NOTE: beading requirements and instructions at end of pattern

Cold Shivers Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Do not pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: 1 sc in same sc as sl st, * ch 24, sk next sc, 1 sc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; to form final ch 24 loop, ch 11, yo 11 times, draw up loop through starting sc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook 12 times (something akin to a double qtr).

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same loop, 2 hdc in same loop, 2 sc in same loop, * ch 6, 2 sc in next ch 24 loop, 2 hdc in same loop, 2 dc in same loop, ch 3, 2 dc in same loop, 2 hdc in same loop, 2 sc in same loop; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 2 sc in next loop, 2 hdc in same loop, 2 dc in same loop, ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form final ch 3 sp.

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc, 2 dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 4 st, * ch 8, sk next ch 6 sp, sk next 2 sc, 1 dc in each of next 4 st, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 4 st; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 8, sk next ch 6 sp, sk next 2 sc, 1 dc in each of next 4 st, ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form final ch 3 sp.
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Round 5: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), * 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 5 st, ch 10, sk next ch 8 sp, sk next 2 dc, 1 dc in each of next 5 st, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 6, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 5 st, ch 10, sk next ch 8 sp, sk next 2 dc, 1 dc in each of next 5 st, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sl st in3rd ch of starting ch 9; bind off. Weave in ends.

To make beaded snowflake, string 240 (204 adjusted) beads on thread prior to beginning snowflake. (I always string extra beads, just in case.) If you don't want to count beads, use a package or container of beads with more than 230 beads, and string the entire package. (I used two containers of 150 6/0 glass beads.) On Round 2, work one bead into the first 8 and last 8 chains on each petal. On the mega treble stitch at the end of the Round, work one bead into each of the first 8 yarn over/draw through 2 loops on hook segments. My beads were bigger than my chain stitches, so I had to adjust the side chain spaces on Round 3, 4 and 5. On Round 3, work one bead into each chain of the chain 6 spaces (my adjustment was 5 chains, but I probably could have achieved a tighter snowflake had I used 4 chains). On Round 4, work one bead into each chain of the chain 8 spaces (my adjustment was 6 chains, and I probably could have done 5 instead). On Round 5, work one bead into each chain of the chain 10 spaces (my adjustment was 7 chains, and I probably could have done 6 instead).

Also, beads make this snowflake heavier, so it needs a strong stiffener. I've been using liquid starch to stiffen my snowflakes for quite a while now, and that would not have worked with the beaded version. I used full-strength school glue, then dabbed the beads with a wet cotton swab to clean the glue off them.

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.

Cold Shivers Snowflake

12 comments:

  1. Did you feel my vibes?? I was going to find a pattern that I could add beads to enhance it but you come up with this beautiful pattern with the beads already placed so I don't have to figure out where I want place them!

    My mom's health has taken a turn for the worse and we are facing some hard decisions in the next few days. Should we keep her at her home and just try to have 24 hour care, is there a family member that can take her into their home or is a nursing home the answer so the comment you made about the tears I've cried fits us right now. No matter what the decision I am going to make this snowflake for my mom and a couple other sisters that have been carrying this burden also.

    Thank you, thank you! It is like I received a hug on the internet.

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    1. Oh, Brenda. You've brought tears to my eyes again. I will keep you, your sisters and your mom in my prayers. I think this is the perfect snowflake for them, especially if they know what those beads of light sybolize!

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  2. Deborah-
    all your snowflakes are wonderful, but this one? Well, this one is just spectacularly exquisite! I have shied away from re-attempting to thread crochet with beads after trying it once with beads that were too small and just gave up- but I think you just gave me the perfect inspirational project to get me to try again. I will make sure I get some appropriate sized beads this time!
    Much love and many prayers continue for you dear one.

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    1. Thank you, Cara! It's funny you brought this up because I have some tiny pink beads I wanted to try to work up with smaller thread, and I think you've just given me the push I need to power through it! Now, where are my glasses...

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  3. Took my breath away! Beautiful. Now to figure out how to get one made while working on all my other projects. We shall see.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I think this is my new favorite, not just because it's beautiful, but because of what inspired it.

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  4. Oooh, the beads are really cool. This one looks extra snowy.

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    1. Thanks, Marie! When I first held this one up so the sun could come through the beads, I thought it looked a bit like a spider web with morning dew! But then I thought it looks like a real snowflake when it first gets hit by the morning sun, too.

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  5. that beaded one looks really great. Makes me want to try it. But I doubt I can find any suitable threads. I can´t remember seeing any shop for such things in my town.

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    1. Thank you, Monica! I think I would hate to live in a town that doesn't have crochet thread!!!

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  6. Oh Deb, this is just breathtaking.

    Out with slip stitches! Bring on the mega trebles! :)

    P.S. Re small beads - I think my sister has crocheted with 15º beads (probably on something like size 40 thread). Rather her than me! (Or she than I? Grammar blip.) :)

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! I'm totally making the beaded version. Been working on a beaded flake myself, but I'm not too happy with the results just yet.

    Gorgeous!

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