17 December 2012

Snowflake Monday

Merry Christmas!

This snowflake is inspired in part by last week's snowflake, by thread colors, by Christmas ornaments, by rainbows and by the sparkles on a fresh blanket of snow when the sun first hits it.

This is my new favorite 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!

Medallion II Snowflake

Medallion II Snowflake

Medallion II Snowflake

Medallion II Snowflake

Medallion II Snowflake

Finished Size: 9 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

Medallion II Snowflake Instructions

TIP: This snowflake has a lot of ends to weave in. If the snowflake will be stiffened, ends may be pulled under just a couple of stitches, then clipped when snowflake is dry. Stiffened snowflake thread ends will not unravel.

Unclipped and Unstiffened

Medallion II Snowflake

Medallion I (make 6)

Make magic ring. Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Pull magic ring tight. Weave in ends.

Medallion II (make 6)

Make magic ring. Ch 1 (does not count as hdc), 9 hdc in ring; sl st in starting hdc; bind off. Pull magic ring tight. Weave in ends.

Medallion III (make 6)

Make magic ring. 6 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Pull magic ring tight. Weave in ends.

Snowflake

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 6, * 3 dc in ring, ch 6; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Do not pull magic ring too 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 2: * 2 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 2 sc in any dc of a Motif I and in each of next 5 dc for a total of 12 sc, ch 2, 2 sc in any hdc of a Motif II and in each of next 3 hdc, 1 sc in next hdc, ch 3, 2 sc in any sc of a Motif III and in each of next 2 sc, ch 9, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, ch 3 (yes, ch 3, not a typo), 2 sc in each of next 3 sc of Motif III, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch between motifs, 1 sc in same hdc as last sc in Motif II, 2 sc in each of next 4 hdc, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch between motifs, 2 sc in each of next 6 dc of Motif I, ch 2, 2 dc in same ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; 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. (TIP: Length of spikes on this snowflake may dictate stronger stiffener than liquid starch.) 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.

Medallion II Snowflakes

Medallion II Snowflake

Medallion II Snowflakes

Medallion II Snowflakes

My little pink tree filled with Medallion II Snowflakes!

26 comments:

  1. Love this! Very different! I am a traditional all white snowflake maker but I just might add some color for this one. Or a few beads. Love your creativity.

    Wondering if it would be possible for you to put a space in between each row? I wish Print Friendly would allow us to do that on our own. With my vision problems it makes it much easier to read a pattern. Of course, if you can't do that I understand.

    I have been so busy with orders for Christmas that I haven't had time to make snowflakes! I can't wait to get back to them!

    Merry Christmas
    Brenda

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! I am including an extra space between rows/rounds now, thanks to you. It's funny; I started out that way; I'm not sure when or why I changed, but perhaps when Blogger changed its formatting tools. It might take me a very long time to go back through and edit every pattern though, although I do intend to.

      I'm so excited you had too many orders to work on snowflakes! Nothing better than a little spending money!

      Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  2. Love your snowflakes. Have a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! I hope you have a very merry Christmas, too!

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  3. Different and very cute snowflakes :)

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  4. Oh Deb, this one's a stunner. I can see why it's your new favourite. Obviously addictive too! I can hear you thinking "Ooh, what colours shall I use next?" :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I hope the kids in Sandy Hook think so, too. I sent it to them, along with the High Roller snowflake and several others. I will make another one, but right now, I have to finish my Christmas skirt before tomorrow so I can wear it to church!

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    1. Thanks, Marigold! Merry Christmas to you!

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  6. Dear snowcatcher, Your snowflakes are the best ever, I have made almost all of them. The Queens Stage is my favorite. The directions are perfect. I found that after making a couple, I can really tweek the pattern to make more chain-peaks where I want. I really enjoy your blog. It is beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. I will be watching. I wish I knew how to post a picture, because I live in western New York, which is stunning in all four seasons. And my pictures of Niagara Falls are really cool. There is a rainbow, every sunny day right over the falls. Keep on trekkin. Pam Bennett

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam, for brightening my day! I wish I could see your pictures of Niagara Falls. I've never been there, and I would love to see the rainbows!

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  7. It's beautiful, just love it :)

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  8. You are a crazy genius when it comes to crochet snowflakes. LOVE this one!

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    1. Thank you, Elin! I think you've made my whole week!

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  9. So happy that i found your page =) From now on your snowflakes will adorn some homes here in Sweden to =)
    I have already done boxes, lanterns and a lot of the flakes =) My goal is to struggle through each and every one of them =)

    Once again....thanks =)

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    1. Thank you, Maria, and welcome! Very exciting to know snowflakes are spreading around the world!

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  10. I'm doing some 'Christmas in July' projects and LOVE your snowflakes! I've never starched any crochet before so just playing with that, so far I've had too stiff (looks like plastic) and not stiff enough, (bit floppy!) Any tips on stiffening with corn starch? Should I squeeze them out really well or leave them a bit gooey?!

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  11. Thank you, Faddict! When I use cornstarch, I squeeze them out. My cornstarch mixture tends to be a bit thick; don't know if that's caused by altitude. But a little less water would accomplish the same thing, I think.

    Also, heavy snowflakes can be droopy even with perfect stiffening. Sometimes I stiffen the larger ones twice.

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  12. Ah I was wondering if I could do them twice, thx! I'm thinking of experimenting with some beads in the designs:) Thx again for the fab patterns!

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    1. Thank you for visiting! I'd love to see what bead ideas you come up with. There is a new snowflake group where members post photos of their snowflakes and share ideas, Sisters of the Snowflake. (And Brothers, too...) It's a great place to share snowflake photos! (And I can drool over the creations of others!!!)

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    2. Great! are you on Pinterest?

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    3. Sadly, no, but I do think a bunch of snowflakes and some of my garden shots have been pinned. If my internet access ever improves, I may just have to get addicted... :)

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