21 October 2013

Snowflake Monday

Day Off Snowflakes

I got today off!

We have a paid time off (PTO) policy at work in which no one may accumulate more than a certain amount of hours of vacation time. I always worry I'm taking too much vacation time but rarely check the numbers.

Recently I was informed I would be losing a portion of my vacation time if I don't use it by the end of the month.

So, I got the day off!

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!

Day Off Snowflake

Finished Size: 3 inches from point to point for heart flake; 4 inches from point to point for picots pulled out straight
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

Day Off Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, pull up loop tall enough to equal height of dc, yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (starting cluster made), * ch 6, [yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and bring through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and bring through all 4 loops on hook (cluster made); repeat from * 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in top of starting cluster to form 6th ch 6 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: 1 sc over post of tr just made, * ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 8, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 8 sp of Round.
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Round 3: 1 sc over post of tr just made, * 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch (picot made), ch 7, 1 sc in same ch 6 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in next ch 8 sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp; 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.

Day Off Snowflake Rock

4 comments:

  1. A day off is always grand in your land, take or lose, not tough to choose

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  2. Nice display! So far I'm lucky, they have been predicting snow, and where I live no snowflakes yet! But old man winter is blowing pretty well!

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  3. Day Off Snowflake for a PTO! The snowflake is quite a tribute....it looks very happy.

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  4. I love it when you block them different ways ... a beautiful flake, very symbolic of all the potential inherent in a Day Off! :)

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