I recently had a special request for a smiley snowflake. I pointed out there are already at least two smiley snowflakes I know of: Snowflake/Snöflingan and Xue the Snowflake. Yet there is always room in the world for one more smiling snowflake.
I wanted mine to be different from the existing smiley snowflakes, so I played with thread for a bit while The Lizard curiously watched. After six attempts at creating a lace smiley and finally coming up with a workable piece, The Lizard, who normally does not sing, crooned, "Smile, you're on Candid Snowflake!"
Hence, the name!
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: 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
Candid Snowflakes Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, sk next dc , 2 dc in next dc (1st eye made), ch 2, sk next dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc (2nd eye made, mouth about to be formed), draw up loop through middle of dc just made, yo and draw through 1 loop on hook (counts as foundation ch 1), yo and draw through both loops on hook (sc made in foundation sc style), 1 sc in same foundation ch, * draw up loop through same foundation sc ch, yo and draw through1 hook on ch (counts as ch 1), yo and draw through both loops on hook (sc made), 1 sc in same foundation ch; repeat from * 3 times for a total of 10 foundation sc to complete mouth, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 3: 1 sc in same ch as sl st, 2 sc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, 1 sc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, * 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * 7 times for a total of 36 sc around; sl st in starting sc. You should have a perfect smiley disk now, and may bind off here if you don't want the snowflake edging.
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Round 4: 1 sc in same ch, ch 3, sk 2 sc, * 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, sk next 2 sc, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, sk 2 sc; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next sc, ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.
Round 5: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc in same sp, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, [ch 3, 1 dc in same sp] 2 times; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
Round 6: Sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in same sp, 1 tr in same sp, sk next 2 ch 3 sp, * 1 tr in next ch 3 sp, 4 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 12, 1 dc in 12th ch from hook, 1 dc in same sp, 4 dc in next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in same sp, sk next 2 ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 tr in next ch 3 sp, 4 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 12, 1 dc in 12th ch from hook, 1 dc in same sp; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
Round 7: 1 sc in join between dc just worked in Round 6 and next 4/dc group, * ch 5, 1 sc between next 2 tr, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp (picot made), ch 5, 1 sc in joint between next 4/dc group and dc, ch 1, 8 dc in next ch 12 loop, ch 6, sl st in 5th ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, 8 dc in same ch 12 loop, ch 1, 1 sc in joint between next dc and 4/dc group; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; 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.