Today's pattern was not only the snowflake I designed aboard the commuter train on December 12, 2012; this is the 212th snowflake for which I've written a pattern. I didn't plan it this way. It just happened, and to me, the coinciding dozens are worth getting excited about!
I designed this snowflake 12 days ago. 12 and 12 makes 24. Today is the 24th.
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 Merry Christmas!
Finished Size: 5.5 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
12.12.12 Snowflake Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, * ch 1, 3 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form last ch 1 sp of Round. Do not pull magic ring too tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sp, * 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 dc in same sp as starting dc, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form last ch 3 sp of Round.
Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, * 3 dc cluster (yo and draw up loop, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook) in gap between next 2/2dc groups, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc cluster in gap between next 2/2 dc groups, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form last ch 6 sp of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, * 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 5 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 5: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same ch as sl st, * ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, 3 dc in middle (3rd) dc of next 5/dc group, ch 5, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 6, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in sc, 3 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.