03 March 2014

Snowflake Monday

Kenneth Libbrecht's Snowflake
Kenneth Libbrecht's snowflake

This snowflake is inspired by one of Kenneth Libbrecht's gorgeous crystals, shown above. I worked out this design during my recent road trip to The Wave, so I thought a name from somewhere along the route might be appropriate.

San Rafael Swell

En route to The Wave, we once again drooled over the beauty of the San Rafael Swell and once again vowed to spend time there next time we are in that little corner of the world. We say that every time we drive through but have yet to keep the promise because we always seem to be on deadline to reach a specific destination.

I could learn much from another snowflake photography master, Wilson Bentley, who said, "When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind."

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!

San Rafael Swell Snowflake

Finished Size: 7.5 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

San Rafael Swell Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and ch 3), *2 tr in ring, ch 3; repeat from * 4 times; 1 tr in ring; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 7. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: * 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 11, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 9 ch, 3 sc in same sp; 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: * 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sk next sc, [1 sc in next sc, ch 1, sk nex sc] 2 times, 1 hdc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 tr in ch 1 tip of post, ch 3, [3 tr in same sp, ch 3] 2 times, 1 tr in same sp, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, [ch 1, sk next sc, 1 sc in next sc] 2 times, sk next sc, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc, sk next 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * Ch 2, 2 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 2 hdc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, [2 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2] 2 times, sl st in same ch 1 sp, sl st in next ch 3 sp, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), 2 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, sk next tr, 1 dc in next tr, 1 hdc in next tr, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 6, working back down spoke, sl st in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in each of next 2 ch between sc picot and sl st picot, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in ch between sl st picot and 2/sl st picot, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, sl st in ch between 2/sl st picot and 3/sl st picot, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next ch directly after 3/sl st picot, ch 1, 1 sc in same ch 3 sp as previous sc, 1 hdc in next tr, 1 dc in next tr, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in same ch 3 sp, sl st in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, ch 2, 2 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 2 hdc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, 2 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 2, sk next 3 sc, sl st in small joint between 2/sc groups (main body center between spokes); repeat from * around 5 times; 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.

Eagle Canyon

14 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Charlotte! I wish you a happy week!

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  2. Beautiful as always sweet friend. :)

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  3. Really like how that first one shines away at your bay

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    1. Oh, figures, Pat! I didn't do that one!!! ;)

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  4. Your snowflakes will never melt .... :)

    So much beauty in this post - that top photo is breathtaking. Doesn't it make you feel happy just to look at it? I love the tiny variations at the tip of each arm.

    And your snowflake is breathtaking too - a worthy reflection of its inspiration image.

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    1. That is the nice thing about crocheted snowflakes, Sue... they don't melt. They just turn yellow with age if you didn't stiffen them properly. Ha ha ha!

      I love Libbrecht's images. I hope one day I can capture God's majesty the way he can!

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  5. In round 2, you are made 3 SC, a spoke, then 3 SC, but in round 3 you only worked 2 SC around the base of the snowflake. Am I supposed to skip over the 3rd and 4th SC? Or did I miss count something?

    (spoke) SC6 SC5 SC4 SC3 SC2 SC1 (spoke)

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    1. You are correct, Krista. I can't believe I made this snowflake several times and didn't notice the skip 2 sc at the end of the repeat. Good catch.

      I had to make this snowflake again to find out what you meant because your string of sc numbers really threw me, and I found a spot on the next round that says dc but should say tr, although it doesn't affect the stitch count or shape, so I'm changing that, too. Thanks again for your help!

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    2. Just one more thing, when you are working up the spoke, the second time you chain 4 doesn't match up with pattern when you work down the spoke.
      "ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, sk next tr..."
      "sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch 3 sp..."

      You just need change the first one to 'sl st in the next 2 ch' or change the second one to'1 sc in each of next 2 ch' depending on which way you worked the pattern.

      This one turned out beautifully!

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    3. Thanks, Krista, and I apologize for the delay in checking this one and in responding to your comment. I was on the road and unable to check the pattern or make the flake. Now that I'm on solid ground again, the way I see it, it reads exactly as you are saying it needs to, so I don't know if the change had already been made, or if you're seeing something I'm not. It currently reads ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch on both sides, so if there is still a problem, I hope you will let me know...

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  6. Thankyou for sharing this beautiful snowflake pattern, I'm going to attempt it this evening, we have no real snowflakes here yet this Winter, so I'm going to make some! :)

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