10 February 2014

Snowflake Monday

Wave Love
I Love The Wave

I’ve been making quite a few pink snowflakes to replenish my stock and because I can keep them hanging in my office until Valentine's Day. Today's snowflake is one I designed specifically to hang in my office.

Nothing in that description would make a very flirtatious snowflake name, though, so I perused my list of unused mountain names and noticed Flirtation Peak was up for grabs!

Flirtation Peak

Other than the name, Flirtation Peak is not the most memorable mountain in a state chock full of high peaks. It is the 3,012th highest mountain in Colorado and the 8,407th highest mountain in the country. Shadowing the tiny hamlet of Idaho Springs, the mountain stands sentinel above the primary gateway to 14er Mount Evans. On peakery.com, Flirtation Peak is listed as unclimbed, but with power lines straddling it, obviously, it has seen a few human feet.

I have no mountain photo to go with this post, even though I've been in the shadow of the mountain hundreds of times. However, an antique postcard tells the story of a group of hikers going up Flirtation Peak in 1907 and then taking a portrait of the group in the dark via flashlight upon their return to Idaho Springs. See the postcard here.

I don't know how the mountain got its name, but the name alone ignites imagination, doesn't it?

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!

Flirtation Peak Snowflake

Finished Size: 9.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in 7 colors, 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

Flirtation Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: With Color A, 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 6, sk 1 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 3: With Color B, 7 dc in each ch 6 sp around. Sl st in starting dc.

Round 4: 1 sc over sl st just worked between 7/dc groups, *ch 6, sk next 3 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 6, sk next 3 dc, 1 sc in next joint between 7/dc groups; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off.

Round 5: With Color C, 7 dc in each ch 6 sp around. Sl st in starting dc.

Round 6: 1 sc over sl st just worked between 7/dc groups, * ch 6, sk next 3 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 6, sk next 3 dc, 1 sc in next joint between 7 dc/groups, ch 6, sk next 3 dc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 6, sk next 3 dc, 1 sc in next joint between 7/dc groups, ch 6, 1 sc in same sp (ch 6 point loop made); repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 7: With Color D, 3 dc in any ch 6 point loop, * 1 sc in next ch 6 loop, [ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 6 loop] 3 times, 3 dc in next ch 6 point loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 3 and 3 dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in starting dc to form 6th ch 3 point of Round.

Round 8: Ch 2(counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc just made, * ch 6, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, sk next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.

Round 9: With Color E, 3 dc in any ch 3 point, *ch 14, 3 dc in next ch 3 point, ch 3, 3 dc in same point; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 ch and last 3 dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in starting dc to form 6th ch 3 point of Round.

Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc just made, * 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 6, 1 sc around next ch 14 of Round 9, ch 6, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.

Round 11: With Color F, 3 dc in any ch 3 point, * 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, ch 3, 1 sc over next ch 6, ch 3, 1 sc over next ch 6, ch 3, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 ch and last 3 dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in starting dc to form 6th ch 3 point of Round.

Round 12: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc just worked, * 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, [ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp] 3 times, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off.

Round 13: With Color G, 3 dc in any ch 3 point, * 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, [ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp] 4 times, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, 1 dc in each of next 6 dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 ch and last 3 dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in starting dc to form 6th ch 3 point of Round.

Round 14: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc just worked, * ch 3, sl st in top of dc just worked (picot made), 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made, 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dtr in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dtr in same sp, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk next 3 dc, [1 dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made (picot made)] 2 times, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sl st in top of dc just made, 3 dc in same ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final round; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.

My Valentine

15 comments:

  1. Perfect snowflake for V-day!

    Blessings always sweet friend. :)

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    1. Thanks, Stitchy! I had three with hearts I wanted to run today! I had such a hard time picking this year's Valentine snowflake! I needed three Snowflake Mondays this week!

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  2. Very neat with the hearts all around, yuck to the commercialized day though lol nice colors in this one too.

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    1. Thanks, Pat. Yes, all holidays are SO commercialized, but I try to make instead of buy as much as I can (or buy from other makers who also try to make instead of buy). So I don't feel bad at all about a Valentine snowflake!

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

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  4. Love, love, love it!! Thank you so much for what you do for those of us with love for snowflakes! This one will be on my hook before the day ends!

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    1. Wow, Brenda, I can't wait to see what you do with the pattern!

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    2. I'll put it up on my blog today! I love it! I did gold Enchant yarn to add instead of pink. I am thinking it would be a great gift for that hard to buy for occasion of a 50th wedding anniversary. I found a couple small mistakes in the pattern tho. One of them is in row 14, the second picot made says to dc in top of dc just made. It should say sl st in top of dc. That one confused me so I changed it on my pattern but I didn't mark the other one so it must not be as noticeable. And another thing I changed but probably wasn't necessary was to start several of the rows with a chain 2(counts as a double crochet) instead of starting with a dc. I wouldn't think a beginner would attempt this pattern so most of us would figure it out.

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    3. Forgot to tell others where they can find my version! http://brendasbric-a-brac.blogspot.com/

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    4. Thanks, Brenda, for keeping me on my toes. I'll get that fixed right away. And then I'll pop over and look at your creation...

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  5. Wow, Deb, another stunner! I like the lacy hearts between the points.

    Great post too. How rich America is in mountains ... especially your state. Just thinking of all those thousands of peaks is exciting. :)

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    1. Yeah, Sue, I guess there is no such thing as a lowly mountain, is there? :) Thank heavens for rolling hills!

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  6. I love your "Wave" photos! I hope you'll email me at AuntMarti at 52 Quilts dot com so I can respond to your comments on my blog.

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    1. Wow, Marti! Thanks! I can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeve!

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