08 July 2013

Snowflake Monday

Sisters of the Snowflake

I've been away from the internet most of the last six weeks or so and haven't had the opportunity to announce a new online snowflake challenge group formed by Autumn until now. The group is by invitation only in an effort to prevent spam, but all crocheters and snowflakers are welcome to join by visiting the group home page and requesting an invitation.

Only two of my missing weeks are genuine vacation. In between was some seriously focused training, and then some intense camp planning. Being "gone" so long made catching up on my website administrative activity ROUGH! It took a full four hours and eight minutes to update all my Ravelry pattern links and my Snowcatcher Snowflake Directory links! Maybe I won't take any more vacations for a while! At least two weeks, anyway... :)

So I was tempted to name this trio of snowflakes after the catch-up process. But they are for the garden once again, so instead I defer to the boring Garden Snowflake names. The nice thing about this is I'll have a visual record of which snowflakes I designed specifically for the garden.

glow-in-the-dark Jelly Yarn snowflake key chains for camp

Actually, Garden Snowflake 8 was designed during Girls Camp at Camp Firewalker with Jelly Yarn. I designed a glow-in-the-dark snowflake key chain for each of the 22 girls, and now the other leaders each want one, too! (I've started them...) I liked this cute little Jelly Yarn snowflake so much, I decided to make a rock of it, too. So maybe Garden 8 needs to be the Girls Camp Snowflake. Or maybe even Camp Firewalker Snowflake! Naaaaa, it would have to be red hot red to earn that name.

five more

glow, baby, glow
finished Friday night

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!

The Castle, Lake Wellington, Day Two of Girls Camp

Sunset, Day Two at Girls Camp

Rainbow over Camp Firewalker

Not everyone thinks thistle is noxious.

Breakfast!

See more camp photos on Wordless Wednesday!

Finished Size: Garden Snowflake 8, 1 inch from point to point; Garden Snowflake 9, 2 inches from point to point; Garden Snowflake 8, 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 8

Garden Snowflake 8 Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: * 2 sc in ring, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook; repeat from * 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Don't pull magic ring too tight. Weave in ends
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.
NOTE: This snowflake may be worked with half double crochet or double crochet instead of the single crochet without any further adjustments.

Garden Snowflake 9

Garden Snowflake 9 Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2, 1 dc in ring, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), * 2 dc in ring, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook; repeat from * 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. 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: Sl st between starting ch 2 and next dc, ch 9 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 3, * skipping over next picot work 1 dc between next 2 dc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in same gap as previous dc, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in same gap as starting sl st, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 9; bind off. Weave in ends.

Garden Snowflake 10

Garden Snowflake 10 Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as hdc), 12 hdc in ring; skipping starting ch 2, sl st in starting hdc. 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 4 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr in next hdc, * ch 5, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 2 dc in same ch as previous 2 dc, ch 2, sl st in same ch (petal tip made), ch 2, 1 tr in same hdc, 1 tr in each of next 2 hdc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 tr of final repeat; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4; 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 Snowflakes

Garden Snowflake Rocks

Garden Snowflake Rocks

Garden Snowflake 10

4 comments:

  1. Some great shots. like the first snowflake the best at my sea and a group, who knew. I guess you.

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    1. Thanks, Pat. The camera makes all things tolerable. :)

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  2. Nice poppies! ;) And Number 10 is lovely.

    You could always name your garden snowflakes after the flowering plants in your front yard....

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    1. Thanks, Sue! You know, I think that would be a good idea, naming the snowflakes after plants in my yard, if I could fashion flakes that look somewhat like the flowers... food for thought...

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