17 June 2013

Snowflake Monday

Garden Snowflake 4

My garden is growing, and so is my collection of snowflake rocks. Today's pattern is another designed specifically for the garden.

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!

Finished Size: 2.75 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

Garden Snowflake 4 Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 6, 1 dc in same sc; repeat from * around 4 times; sk 1 sc, 1 dc in next same sc as sl st, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 3: * 3 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 3 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; 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.

Garden 4 Snowflake Rock

8 comments:

  1. these are lovely, do the snowflakes encompass the stone? I'm going to be on the lookout for some pretty rocks...you do such lovely work. I think the rock makes a wonderful backdrop for the detail on the snowflakes/ there is contrast of color and texture. I especially like the one in you picture, the flower reminds me of an irish rose.

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    1. Thank you, Faith! The snowflakes generally are as big as the stone; I choose the rock after I've finished the snowflake, and then I used a basic mesh stitch to get it wrapped around the rock.

      Both The Lizard and I love the way the ecru snowflakes look against red rock! I'm going to be on the lookout for more round red rocks this summer! (The rock shop I've been going to doesn't have as much rounded red rock; they have mostly black round rocks.)

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  2. Love this snowflake and stone cover!! I can't wait to try it out with the new threads I have recently bought. I will share when they are done!
    Thanks again for all your patterns.

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    1. Thank YOU, Brenda! And I can't wait to see your rocks!

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  3. Very nice and so wonderful that the only snow this Monday (for us) is your snowflake!

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    1. I think I'm glad we're not getting snow right now, too, Karen. Although I wouldn't complain if the heat would tone down just a bit... :)

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  4. I may have said this before - I envy your river rock collection! We don't seem to have ANY smooth rounded stones around here ... they're all, well, rocky.

    A very lovely flake today - and that coloured thread is so beautiful. Is it one of your dye batches?

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    1. Well, we may just have to make your pack a little heavier when you go home after the MS-150, Sue. I may just have to gift you some river rocks!

      Yes, that is my hand-dyed thread! From my first batch with professional dyes, I believe. So it's not 100% the way I envisioned it, but I do like it anyway! I think it's almost all gone now...

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