27 January 2014

Snowflake Monday

Associated Press Coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl Venue Logo
Associated Press Coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl Venue Logo

Did you know this year's Super Bowl logo features a snowflake?

So of course, I had to make it...

My first attempt didn't look exactly like the logo snowflake, but I like the design, so I decided to share both versions. Maybe one for each team?!?

Of course, I couldn't use the name of the game in the snowflake, due to trademark law. I remembered the much-anticipated lunchtime contest we have at work every year the Friday before the big game, and decided Chili Bowl Cook-off isn't a very appealing name for a snowflake.

I can make the snowflakes in team colors, but I can't use team names. And Team Colors Snowflake doesn't exactly tickle my toes. (I seriously thought about a blue and orange snowflake by the name a beloved newspaper editor used instead of the proper name... Donkey Snowflake, but decided that didn't have a lot of charm either, other than bring back fond memories of my now deceased boss. Orange Crush Snowflake likely would have fallen under some legal woes, too, or that might have been just the perfect name!)

My Second Favorite Team

I tried to think of every football term I could pair with snowflake and just wasn't impressed. Pigskin Snowflake??? Ick! Kick-off Snowflake??? Eh, maybe... Punt Snowflake, Huddle Snowflake or Snap Snowflake??? Ugh! Penalty Snowflake??? Get real!

Finally I came up with an even better name than End Zone Snowflake, Goal Post Snowflake or Touchdown Snowflake, and, well, then I had to finish the joke, which meant designing two more snowflakes. The lone Star Fleet Fiber Arts Academy mission this month is to create something to make the crew laugh. If the names I came up with for this series of patterns can make The Lizard, who is NOT a football fan, laugh, I think I can get some giggles on my ship, the USS Noro!

And there you have it! This year's Father's Day snowflake with plenty of time to get his gift made before deadline!

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: 5.5-6 inches from point to point, depending upon version
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, optional 2 or 3 colors for Fourth Down Snowflake, 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

First Down Snowflake

First Down Snowflake 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, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: * 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, sk next dc; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next dc, ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 3: 2 sc over post of tr just made, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, * 1 dc in next sc, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 3 sc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next sc, 1 dc in starting ch 5 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, sl st in starting sc.
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 4: * Ch 5, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (2 dc picot made), ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc same ch, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (sc picot made), [ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3] 2 times (sl st picots made), ch 4, working back down spoke sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (sl st picot made), sl st in ch between 2 sl st picots on opposite side of spoke, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in ch between sl st picot and sc picot, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in next ch after sc picot on opposite side of spoke, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch,1 hdc same ch, sl st in top of 2nd dc of 2 dc picot on opposite side of spoke, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in next ch after 2/dc picot, ch 1, sl st in same sc as sl st beginning this spoke, 1 sc in each of next 7 st, sl st in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, ending with sl st in same sc as final sl st of Round 3; bind off. Weave in ends.

Second Down Snowflake

Second Down Snowflake 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, 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: * 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, sk next dc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: * 3 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (2 dc picot made), ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, [draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in next ch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook] 2 times (sc dec made), 1 hdc same ch as last sc dec, ch 4, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (hdc picot made), [ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3] 2 times (sl st picots made), ch 5, working back down spoke sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (sl st picot made), sl st in ch between sl st picots on opposite side of spoke, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in ch between sl st picot and hdc picot, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in next ch after hdc picot on opposite side of spoke, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch,1 hdc same ch, sl st in top of 2nd dc of 2 dc picot on opposite side of spoke, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in next ch after 2/dc picot, ch 1, 3 sc in same ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Third Down Snowflake

Third Down Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: * 1 sc in next sc, ch 10, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, sl st in next ch (2/dc burp made) (if you don't like burps, stop eating so much bean dip!), 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, sk next sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.
NOTE: Bind off here and weave in ends for a cute little non-sports related flower-like snowflake.

Mini Third Down Snowflake

Round 3: * 3 sc in next ch sp, working up spoke 1 sc in bottom of each of next 2 sc, 1 sc in bottom of next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 1 dc in same dc, 1 dc in bottom of next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 1 sc in next dc, sl st in ch 3 tip of spoke, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, [draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in next ch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook] 2 times (sc dec made), 1 hdc same ch as last sc dec, ch 4, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (hdc picot made), [ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3] 2 times (sl st picots made), ch 5, working back down spoke sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (sl st picot made), sl st around next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st around next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st around next ch 1 sp, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch,1 hdc same ch, sl st in ch 3 tip of 2/dc burp (if it hadn't been football season, I would have called it a teardrop), 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 1 dc in same dc, 1 dc in next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 1 sc in same dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 3 sc in ch sp at base of spoke; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. 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.

Thread Footballs

Fourth Down Snowflake Instructions

Football

Make 6.

With contrast color, ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch, working on opposite side of ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch, sl st in starting sc; bind off; weave in ends.

Snowflake

With white, make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: * 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, sk next sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.
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 3: * 3 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 2, sl st in middle dc of football (either side; football is the same on both sides), 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 sc in next dc, sl st in next dc, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, [draw up loop in next ch, draw up loop in next ch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook] 2 times (sc dec made), 1 hdc same ch as last sc dec, ch 4, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook (hdc picot made), [ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3] 2 times (sl st picots made), ch 5, working back down spoke sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (sl st picot made), sl st around next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st around next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st around next ch 1 sp, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch,1 hdc same ch, sl st same center football dc as previous sl st, 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 sc in next sc, 3 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 hdc, 1 sc in next dc, sl st in next dc, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 3 sc in same ch 5 sp as previous 3 sc; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

colorplay

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.

Fourth Down Snowflake

2 comments:

  1. haha look at you go, all football terminology and everything at your sea. Getting it down before the Superbowl comes to town.

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  2. That is, without a doubt, the best possible name for this series. I love it! So many possible meanings in addition to the football ones ... can't you see the snowflakes racing each other down from the sky and saying to each other "I'll be the first one down!" "No, me!" "No, I'll be first down!"

    :)

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