24 December 2012

Snowflake Monday

12:12 12.12.12

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.

12:12 12.12.12

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!

12.12.12 Snowflake

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.

12.12.12 Snowflake

12.12.12 Snowflake Rock

21 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas Snowcatcher! Christmas is almost done. Just need to make Sugar Cookies for tonight. We have grandkids living with us and we need to have cookies for Santa. It us snowing BIG FAT flakes. May work on some for Sandy Hook today and tomorrow. Love you lots.

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    1. Thank you, Susan! I hope the cookies were a hit, and send some snow over our way, would ya?!?

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  2. Wishing you and yours Christmas blessings and joy.

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    1. Thank you, Gloria! I hope you and your family have been enjoying a blessed week, as well!

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    1. Thanks, Marie! It was a fun coincidence! May many more follow...

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and the Lizard who has a name! :)

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    1. Thank you, Marigold! The Lizard Who Has a Name and I wish you mountains of peanuts!

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  5. I like that one! But then again I like them all! LOL! merry Christmas blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!

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  6. As usual a beautiful flake! And great sentiment. I hope you had a great Christmas!

    As a former elementary school secretary I felt the pain of Sandy Hook to be almost overwhelming. I pray our society takes a turn around soon and finds a solution so this kind of travesty never happens again.

    God Bless America! And God Bless Newtown as it goes through a healing process.

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    1. May we all start the healing process. May we all come together and be less polarized in 2013. That is my Christmas wish.

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  7. AND THANK YOU FOR PUTTING A SPACE BETWEEN EACH ROW!!! Oops, sorry didn't mean to yell but you are just such an awesome person!! I didn't notice it until I was printing it out! thank you!

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    1. That was your idea, Brenda! Thank YOU!

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  8. HOpe you had a merry Christmas. I am glad your optimism is returning. I have been following your blog for some time now. I am laid up with a broken leg since early december due to bones made brittle by arthritis and my artificial right knee failing. It will need to be replaced again soon. However, I have made one of your snowflakes to send to NewTown and even my 87 year old mom is making a few to send to them. thank you for your inspiration. I may not be able to ride bikes or walk right now for that matter but I love your writing and your outlook on life.
    Penny

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    1. Thank you, Penny! Just knowing how many people are making snowflakes for Newton is cheering me immensely, and knowing how many people believe in me is giving me more courage, just what I need!

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  9. This is a particularly beautiful one ... and it looks absolutely fantastic on a rock! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I can't stick my newest rock additions outside yet because there's too much snow, so I'm anxious for spring... and hyacinths... and my hyacinths with my newest rocks!!!

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  10. How are you finishing this off to wrap around the rock? I love this!!!!
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks, Kathy!

      I bound off just as in the instructions, then joined again at the top of one of the tri-picots, then did a ch 5, sc in next picot all the way around until the starting sc, then ch 2, dc in starting sc. Then sc in same sp, ch 5, sc in next ch 5 sp, all the way around, ending each round the same as the first round, with ch 2 and dc in starting sc to form the last ch 5 sp and be right where I needed to be for the next round. As soon as the piece was big enough to fit around the rock, I did 2 rounds of ch 3 instead of ch 5, and then 1round of 1 dc in each ch 3 around to close it up and pull all the diamond chain spaces tight. Makes the rock look nice on the underside, too, in case it gets kicked over.

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    2. you "rock"
      Kathy

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