21 January 2013

Snowflake Monday

heartflakes

I'd like to get an early start on Valentine's Day this year, and yet another heartflake is a step in the right direction.

This snowflake was inspired by Christmas tree ornaments last month, by kaleidoscope snowflakes I created in Photoshop, and by a snowflake on a cuddly fleece blanket we've been making good use of the last few bitter cold days.

pink hearts

purple hearts

pink hearts

I wasn't very happy with the hearts in my prototype snowflake, but after pinning all the snowflakes out, I decided I liked the shape of the prototype better than the modifications, so I am including both patterns today.

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 III Snowflake

Finished Size: 6.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors (or seven colors, if desired), size 7 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 III 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.

hearts aflutter

Heart Medallion (make 6)

With Color A, make magic ring. Ch 3 (this will form the bottom point of the heart), 6 dc in ring, 2 hdc in ring, sl st in ring, 2 hdc in ring, 6 dc in ring; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; bind off. Pull magic ring tight as possible without breaking thread, but also leave enough room for hook to pull through two stitches when joining to snowflake. Weave in ends.

Medallion III Snowflake

Snowflake I

With Color B, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3, * 3 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * around 3 times; 3 dc in ring, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp. 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: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, * ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), [3 dc] in next ch 3 sp, ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ch 3, 2 sc in 1st dc of Heart Medallion (on right side, working counter clockwise around heart), 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in center hole of Heart Medallion (over sl st top of heart), ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, sl st in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in center hole of Heart Medallion, 1 sc in 2nd hdc of Medallion, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in last dc of Medallion, working back down spoke work 1 sl st into each of next 3 ch, ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, working down spoke again 1 sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 1, 3 dc in same ch 3 sp as previous [3 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.

Medallion III Snowflake

Snowflake II

With Color B, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, ch 3, * 3 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * around 3 times; 3 dc in ring, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp. 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: Ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and 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 2, [1 dc] in next ch 3 sp, ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ch 3, 2 sc in 1st dc of Heart Medallion (on right side, working counter clockwise around heart), 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 1 sc in center hole of Heart Medallion (over sl st top of heart), ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, sl st in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in center hole of Heart Medallion, 1 sc in 2nd hdc of Medallion, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in each of next 2 st, 2 sc in last dc of Medallion, working back down spoke work 1 sl st into each of next 3 ch, ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, working down spoke again 1 sl st in each of next 2 ch, ch 1, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp as previous [1 dc], ch 7; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc and ch 7 of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 9; 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 III Snowflake

22 comments:

  1. Deborah- as always I am just stunned! Simply gorgeous. Your creativity is a blessing to so many of us. love and many prayers sweetie!

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    1. Thanks, Cara! This one was a lot of fun to make! And thanks for the prayers. I think they are working!

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  2. These snowflakes are so beautiful. I just came home from snowy forest, it was full of snowflakes glistening in the sunshine. So beautiful also :-)

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    1. Thank you, Maija-Leena! (What a beautiful name!!!) Your description of your snowy forest makes me want to go outside and take photos!

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  3. How pretty. You are a crochet, snowflake making machine! Just beautiful.

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  4. So clever to have a snowflake with hearts! :) Is there anything you can't design? :)

    Blessings always

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    1. Thanks, Stitchy! Anything I can't design??? Well, I'm still trying to figure out how I did that crocheted bicycle a couple of years ago... ?!?!?

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  5. Oh, oh my mind is spinning at all I could do with this flake!!!!!! LOL!

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    1. I can't wait to see what you do with it, Michelle!

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  6. I love your blog! I have renewed my crochet skills to try to make some of your amazing snowflakes. I have never done thread crochet before. Do you have any patterns that are easier for a "beginner"? Please keep the snowflakes drifting! Thank You!

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    1. Hi, Anonymous, and welcome! I think the easiest snowflake probably is the Light Rail Snowflake, but if you would like to try one in yarn first and not have to stiffen, try the Windom Peak Snowflake, Mount Champion Snowflake or Versatile Flower Snowflake. Good luck!

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  7. Very pretty, thanks for sharing the pattern =)

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  8. Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Being in the South, originally from the North and having no snow has me all out of sorts. Your blog and wonderful snowflakes give me a taste of what I'm missing. Thank you! Hearts :)

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    1. Thank you, Mia! I grew up in the desert, so snow is a very special thing to me, too!

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  9. This one looks fantastic, again.

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  10. The pastel one looks just like conversation hearts! Were you tempted to embroider "Be Mine" and "Hug Me" on them? :)

    And the others remind me of stained-glass cookies. Or just stained glass.

    This one's a winner!

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    1. Thanks, Sue! You've given me a fantastic idea!!! Now just how am I going to embroider that small?!?

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