12 November 2012

Snowflake Monday

Something in that river looks awful darned yummy.

Can you stand just one more crocodile stitch-inspired snowflake???

Ever since I started my first crocodile snowflake, which was way back in the summer, I've thought crocodile scales don't really look like this stitch. I didn't think mermaid scales would look like this stitch either, if mermaids really existed. (But wouldn't that be cool if they did exist and had crocheted or knitted glimmery silk scales?!?) I've always thought the crocodile stitch looks more like feathers than reptile scales. Just my literally bird-brained opinion.

So welcome to my Feather Snowflake! And once again, in my very own hand-dyed thread.

I have plenty more crocodile/mermaid/feather inspiration where this came from, but I'm take a break from the crocodile stitch for at least a while after this week because I've got another technique I've been itching to play with. Three of them, actually. Can you guess which three techniques I haven't shared here yet? Keep your thread and hooks ready, because more new snowflake adventures are coming!

Feather Snowflake pinned

Feather Snowflake pinned

Feather Snowflake detail

Feather Snowflake detail

I recently received a request to show how I pin my snowflakes. I use the template located here, and this is what my snowflakes look like pinned. Yes, pinning can be a literal pain; you should see my fingers after a marathon snowflake commute aboard the train on a snowy day! But blocked snowflakes look SO much more beautiful. If you are having difficulty pinning your flakes, I hope this helps!

The Lizard LOVES the 3D-effect of this snowflake, so I deliberately left the inner points unpinned. I allowed the points of the rose-hued snowflake to remain open and somewhat folded upward to make it look more flowery. Oops, I mean feathery!

Patriotic Feather Snowflake

I’m very sad to say I did not come up with a patriotic snowflake idea this year to honor our veterans, so if you are looking for something red, white and blue, please check out my Independence Pass Starflake, my Century Snowflake, my Starflake, and/or my Veteran's Day Starflake. (The red, white and blue thread is not hand-dyed by me. I picked it up in a destash sale.)

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!

Feather Snowflake

Feather Snowflake

Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, optional tiny amount of stuffing for center bobble, 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

Feather Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Starting with center bobble, 6 sc in ring: do not join. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around for a total of 12; do not join.

Round 3: 1 sc in each sc around; do not join.

Round 4: * 1 sc dec across next 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total of 6 sc; do not join. Stuff lightly if desired.

Round 5: [1 sc dec across next 3 sc] 2 times for a total of 2 sc, closing bobble opening. This round will be tight but will be on the bottom of bobble and will not show, so don't worry too much about appearance if it isn't perfect. Do not join.
Round 6: 6 sc in each of next 2 sc; sl st in starting sc. This round will be tight, too… VERY tight.
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 7: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), sk next 3 sc, 2 dc in next sc, ch 6, sk next 3 sc, 2 dc in next sc, ch 6, 1 dc in same sc as sl st, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 9.

Round 8: Ch 2, 5 dc around chains that count as dc on Round 7, * 1 sc in middle sc of 3 sc group of Round 6, 5 dc around post of next dc, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked, 5 dc around post of next dc; repeat from * 1 more time; 1sc in middle of next 3 sc group, 5 dc around post of next dc, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked, sl st in top of starting dc.

Round 9: Ch 2, sl st behind feather just made in joint between 2 ch 6 groups, ch 10 (counts as 1tr and ch 6), * 2 tr in next ch 6 sp, ch 6, 2 tr in joint behind next feather, ch 6; repeat from * around 2 times, ending with 1 tr in same joint as starting sl st; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 10.

Round 10: Ch 2; working down chains that count as tr on Round 9, 7 dc around chains, * 1 sc in next ch 6 sp (halved by 2 tr in Round 9), working up next tr, 7 dc around post of tr, ch 3, sl st in top of tr just worked; working down next tr, 7 dc around tr post; repeat from * more 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 6 sp (halved by by 2 tr in Round 9), 7 dc around next tr post, ch 3, sl st in top of tr just worked, sl st in top of starting tr.

Round 11: Ch 2, sl st behind feather just made in joint between 2 ch 6 groups, ch 11 (counts as 1 dtr and ch 6), *2 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 6, 2 dtr in joint behind next feather, ch 6; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with 1 dtr in same joint as starting sl st; sl st in 4th ch from starting ch 10.

Round 12: Ch 2; working down chains that count as dtr on Round 11, 9 dc around chains (or dtr post in following sequences), * 1 sc in next ch 6 sp (halved by 2 dc in Round 11), working up next dc, 2 dc around post, 2 hdc around same post, 1 sc around same post, ch 1, sl st in sc just made; working down next dc, 1 sc around dc post, 2 hdc around same post, 2 dc around same post, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp (halved by same 2 dc just worked over), 9 dc around post of next dtr, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 5 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in sc, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, sl st in sc, ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 5 ch, sl st in sc, 9 dc around post of next dtr; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 9 dc of final repeat; sl st in starting dtr; 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.

Feather Snowflakes

10 comments:

  1. Beautiful snowflake !!!!. Thanks so much for sharing pattern too.

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    1. Thank you, Lily! This is my favorite of all the crocodile stitch-inspired snowflakes!

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  2. There is a decided resemblance to feathers, and the points remind me of fireworks, or a cockatoo's crest, or spider mums, or even talons.

    Are you sure it's food the eagle is thinking about? He could just be working out a tricky crochet problem in his head. :)

    Lucky you to be getting snow!

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    1. Ha, I like everything the points made you visualize! I actually was thinking of a rooster's crest, but I think talons and spider mums and fireworks are perfect, too!

      I become very attached to the wildlife I stalk. I start thinking of the ones I see frequently as "mine." And this is MY eagle. :)

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  3. The multicolor pink one just pops out at you, very 3 dimensional....That is an awesome picture of the Eagle...maybe the young ones are below in a nest...and she's watching them from afar...anyway stunning.....

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    1. Thanks, Faith! Again, I love that eagle. I hope I can see him or her again this winter!

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  4. Very clever...

    I don´t like winter, but I love your winter photos :).

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    1. Thanks, Neferi! I do like winter, just don't like the arthritis that comes along with it so much. :)

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  5. That's a great shot of the Raptor, he looks frozen solid but I bet could move pretty fast if there is a fish down there! Great capture

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    1. Thanks, Niamh! They do indeed move pretty darned fast once they get too many interested humans focused on them!

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