13 January 2014

Snowflake Monday

Lost Amigo I Snowflake

I thought I was running out of patterns because my new MS-150 fundraising snowflake pattern booklet does not include patterns published on my blog. I used up most of my unpublished snowflakes. The new booklet features all-new patterns, something I hope is really special for those who contribute toward the forthcoming eradication of multiple sclerosis.

This is the first of three Lost Amigo snowflakes. This was a prototype I worked up four years ago when I first began publishing snowflake patterns and improved upon the next couple of times around. I liked my Buried Treasure Snowflake published in my first snowflake booklet in 2011 best, and following attempts A Snowflake for Marikamum and Bicycle Wheel Snowflake turned out even better, in my opinion, so I never wrote the pattern for this version.

Back in 2009, I photographed what I thought were my most perfectly shaped snowflakes against each of the batik colors then in my collection. (These were all made before I found the blocking template by Tangleweeds.) I created a Christmas card with a collage of the photos, and that card is what I sent to all our family and friends that year.

A digital quilt and Christmas card

Last summer I designed a snowflake that caused The Lizard to ask how I keep from duplicating patterns. I included the above Christmas card collage in the post for that pattern, which I called "Stand Out Snowflake." My goal is to make each of my snowflakes different and unique. Reader Krista asked about patterns for three of the snowflakes in the Christmas card. As it turns out, two of the missing snowflakes weren't identical to my published patterns, so I wrote the patterns for them. The third missing snowflake, as stated earlier, was published in my first snowflake booklet and will not be published on my blog. I noticed a fourth snowflake on the Christmas card for which I had not written a pattern, so I wrote that one, too. Now I've been asked about a fifth, and I'll probably be working on writing up that one, too.

I guess I still have a few not necessarily entirely brand spanking new patterns up my sleeve after all!

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!

Lost Amigo I Snowflake

Finished Size: 3.5 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

Lost Amigo I Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), * 1 dc in ring, ch 1; repeat from * around 10 times for a total of 12 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.
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: * 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch (5/sc prong made), ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch (4/sc prong made), ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch (1st 3/sc prong made), [ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch] 2 times, 1 sc in ch between 1st 3/sc prong and 4/sc prong, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, 1 sc in ch between 4/sc prong and 5/sc prong, ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, 1 sc in each of 4 ch between 5/sc prong and main body of snowflake, 1 sc in same ch 1 sp (1st branch spoke made), 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 17, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 5, sk next 5 ch, sl st in each of next 5 ch, 1 sc in same ch 1 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.

Lost Amigo I Snowflake

15 comments:

  1. You continue to amaze me!! Thanks once again for a great snowflake and a great story to go alone with it.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! I hope all the lost amigos will be as fun!

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  2. You sure make them unique indeed, the collage sure shows that

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    1. Thanks, Pat! It is good to stand out!

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  3. You made all of those? Impressive!

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  4. It's beautiful!!! I love it!

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  5. This is such a pretty one too ... it deserves its moment in the limelight. And I know you have plenty more whirling around in your creative depths. They'll appear when the time is right.

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    1. You're right, Sue. I did find a handful more that need to be written, and then I designed another new one on the train the other day...

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  6. Thanks for posting this one!!! I can't wait to start it!

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    1. Thanks, Krista! I kind of thought you might be one of the first to finish this one!

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    2. Lol, I had to take a break from crocheting after all my frantic snowflake making before Christmas.

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  7. Magic Ring? How many stitches does it require?

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    1. Hi, Monique. Here is a magic ring tutorial. It's a better way to start crochet in the round than counting chains and joining. It allows you to control how big the ring in the middle of your crochet is.

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