28 January 2013

Snowflake Monday

a beary sweet but 0-calorie valentine

I liked last week's heart motif so much, I couldn't resist making another snowflake with the same motif. Actually, I made seven hearts for one of last week's snowflakes, and I actually noticed my mistake before making a seven-pointed snowflake. I decided to design another snowflake so I could use up that lonely heart (the rose-colored one).

This week's pattern is symbolic of the appreciation going out to NeedsNap on Ravelry for helping me restore my lost Dahlia Snowflake pattern last week. It's backed up in three places, just like all the rest now. Thank you!

The 2013 snowflake booklet to benefit the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be ready next week! I'll share a sneak preview of one of the patterns next Wednesday. Don't miss it!

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 IV Snowflake

Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors (or 7 colors), 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 IV 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.

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.

Snowflake

With Color B, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2, [yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (starting cluster made), * ch 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, [yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (dc cluster made); repeat from *4 times; ch 2, 1 dc in starting cluster to form final ch 4 sp between clusters, ch 2, 1 dc around post (body) of dc just made to form final ch 6 loop. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
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 [you and draw up loop through ring, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook, ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 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), sk next hdc,1 sc in next hdc, 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 ch work 1 sl st into next ch, ch 4, 2 dc into 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc cluster into next ch 6 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc cluster of final repeat; sl st in top of starting dc cluster; 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.

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.

Sherbert Medallion IV Snowflake

12 comments:

  1. Oh, I love your designs! I also adore anything heart shaped...so this is one that will be added to my Que!. :)

    Blessings always

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    1. Thank you, Stitchy. I bet your talkative stash would be quite cheered to become hearts...

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  2. What an adorable idea for Valentine's Day- which is coming soon!

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    1. That's the reason for all the hearts these days, Karen! I want to fill the world with love. :)

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I love making hearts, and I love when I'm able to incorporate them into other projects.

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  4. I like this snowflake - very simple and classical. And the hearts are gorgeous in that colour-changing yarn.

    (The new header looks great too.)

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I like the sherbety one, too!

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  5. This one is very sweet ♥

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  6. I have been doing some serious sock knitting lately and gotten way behind in my snowflakes - but I have also gotten some really tiny crochet hooks recently (and have a 0.4 mm hook on its way from Great Britain as well)...so am looking forward to breaking them in (hopefully not literally! I will be VERY careful!)

    Needless to say, when I started looking into your more recent posts, trying to catch up from where I left off, I was delighted to find myself mentioned here, especially where hearts were involved. Thank you! I was more than happy (and relieved I'm as obsessive as I am) that I was able to help you, and want to thank you again for sharing your prodigious talent with everyone. I also thank you for your generosity and support to those who must live with multiple sclerosis. As someone who has dealt with the symptoms, if not a diagnosis, of MS for some 35 years now, I can attest to the need for people like you who support and volunteer in helping this cause. We need more like you, and are thankful for every one who helps in whatever capacity they are able. Bless you.

    Sincerely,
    neednap

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    1. Neednap, you never told me about your own potential MS. Just another person now to add to my list of people I ride for...

      I have broken one metal crochet hook. Don't ask me how. I was shocked! The tip of a size 8 broke right off! I was so thankful it didn't shoot me in the eye or elsewhere sensitive!

      Nothing wrong with focusing on socks, especially during cold seasons!

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