06 January 2014

Snowflake Monday

Knot Just for Christmas Anymore

Avocados aren't a traditional Christmas symbol, and snowflakes aren't just for Christmas anymore.

This week I am celebrating the completion of my 2014 snowflake pattern booklet to raise money for the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This year's booklet features my Winter Dreams Afghan, displayed last Thursday on my blog, with 25 individual yarn snowflake patterns. The booklet also includes 12 all-new thread snowflake patterns and some tips for customizing snowflakes for different holidays and celebrations. Today's Avocado Frost Snowflake is the only pattern from the booklet to be published on my blog.

A more traditional snowflake from today's pattern is included with the 2014 booklet, "Knot Just for Christmas Anymore."

Watch for a Pineapple Sorbet Snowflake embellishing contest with prizes in the next few weeks! The Pineapple Sorbet Snowflake pattern is included in this year's booklet along with six additional fun fruity snowflake patterns.

Lime Twist Variation

To obtain a copy of the 2014 PDF snowflake booklet, please make a tax-deductible contribution either in my husband's name or my name. Each time a contribution is made, the NMSS notifies us, and I then send the PDF to the email address provided to the NMSS at the time of donation.

Both The Lizard and I try to check our home email accounts each day, but please don't be alarmed if you do not receive an immediate response. Sometimes we have no internet signal, sometimes during the workday we are unable to do personal things, and every once in a while (about twice each year in the past), the NMSS email notification system burps and doesn't get through. If you do not hear from us within three days after making a donation, please contact me at the email address in the sidebar to the right.

We provide this booklet to donors as a special way of thanking them because this is a tough economy for both donors and us. Without this snowflake booklet, we probably would not be able to raise enough money, and we'd have to pay the required donation amount ($400 each) out of our own pockets. (Both of us do donate from our own pockets.)

We do not make one penny from participating in this fundraiser. All donations go directly to the NMSS, which helps people afflicted with multiple sclerosis. These donations enable us to ride in the annual MS-150 (now called BikeMS) in June. Each rider must raise at least $400 just to participate. We pay our own registration fees, we pay our own way to and from the ride, and we pay all our own expenses associated with participating in the event, such as hotel costs. None of the money donated is given to us. As a reminder, all donations are tax-deductible.

To those who have been helping us fight multiple sclerosis for the last four years, thank you. We appreciate your support and loyalty in our annual fundraising efforts.

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!

Avocado Frost Snowflake

Finished Size: 3.75 inches across, 4.25 inches tall
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in brown or variegated brown, avocado, wasabi or sage green, and black, dark grey or very dark green, size 8 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Avocado Frost Snowflake Instructions

With brown thread, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 2 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, * ch 2, 1 sc between next 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 2, 1 sc between next 2 dc, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: Sl st into next dc, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 6 dc in same dc, * 7 dc in middle dc of next 3/dc group; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 4: With avocado, 1 tr in joint between any 2 7/dc groups, * 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 tr in join between 7/dc groups; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in starting tr.

NOTE: Remainder of avocado rounds do not start and end in the same place.

Round 5: Ch 10, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in next dc of main body of flake and in each of next 7 dc, * 2 dc in next tr, 1 dc in each of next 8 dc; repeat from * around 4 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; yo and draw up loop in next dc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw up loop through next dc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw up loop through next ch in top of avocado, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (decrease made). Do not join.
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 6: 1 dc in each of next 5 ch, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch (in top of avocado), 2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, yo and draw up loop in next sc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw up loop through next sc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw up loop through next dc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (decrease made), 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, * 1 dc in each of next 9 dc, 2 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times; 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc decrease across next 3 dc; do not join.

Round 7: 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc, 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, sk next 2 dc, sl st in next dc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 8: With black, 1 sc in any st and in every st around, increasing 6 times evenly space around main body of avocado, decreasing one stitch at each end of neck of avocado and increasing 3 stitches evenly spaced at top of avocado; bind off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: Worked in cotton worsted weight yarn with a size G or H hook, this pattern makes a nice dish cloth.

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. 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.

dip and dye

8 comments:

  1. That is a neat idea and cool shape too, who knew avocados had such uses, I guess you

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    1. Many, many things can come from avocado, Pat! I just found out you can make smoothies and yogurt from avocado... :)

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  2. I am not sure I can make this into an avocado but thinking if I do a white snowflake in the middle and red for the avocado it can be a Christmas bulb for the tree. Just me, too traditional I guess. I can't wait to get the booklet. Thanks again this year for riding for those of us with MS! You and your husband are so awesome!!

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    1. Thank you! Always open to individual interpretation, Brenda! I admit, this one is beyond traditional, but when I first got the idea, I just could not resist!

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  3. What a super creative snowflake! You are amazing.

    The booklet looks great and I love the name. Off now to read back through your posts as once again I am behind on blogreading! :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Wasn't 100% sure the name would fly, but now it's growing on me and I'm glad I played a bit. I get so behind on blog commenting, too, because of my internet issues. I think perhaps people like knowing someone is looking at their posts a few days (or weeks or months) later... I know I sure enjoy that!

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  4. Do you have any snowflake patterns that could be described as 'easy'? I recently suffered from seizures due to a misdiagnoses in the hospital and after being in a medically induced coma for a week I woke up with my memory severely impaired. I've had to teach myself to crochet all over again! I used to make intricate snowflakes but I am having a hard time understanding the directions now. Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated!

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    1. Deb, I admire your tenacity in trying to relearn and remaster! I'm so sorry you are having to go through this, but what an inspiration!

      Here are, in my opinion, some of the easier snowflakes. Good luck with trying to get back to the level you once enjoyed!

      A Snowflake of its Own
      Fire and Ice Snowflake
      Light Rail Snowflake
      Mount Oxford Snowflake
      Plan Ahead Snowflake

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