16 June 2014

Snowflake Monday

Spangle Crochet Thread

I found this wonderful crochet thread last December while visiting my parents in California. My mom took me to all her favorite craft stores, and I’d never seen this stuff before! I had to have some!

Now, of course, I can find it everywhere. But back then, this was pretty novel to me. I thought it would make great sparkly snowflake ornaments. The name of this color is Royalty. Is that a great snowflake name or what?!?

The second color is called Sparkling Water. I might have to design another flake specifically for this crochet thread so I can use that name, too...

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!

Royalty Snowflake

Finished Size: 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Premier Spangle, size B crochet hook
This snowflake does not require stiffening if worked with Premier Spangle. Blocking also is not required but does make the snowflake look better. If worked with conventional crochet thread and a smaller hook, blocking and stiffening both are recommended.

unblocked and blocked
Unblocked and Blocked

Royalty Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, * ch 2, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * around 5 times; ch 1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 2 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of hdc directly below, * 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 6, 2 dc in same ch 2 sp; repeat from * around 5 times; 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 6 loop of Round.
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: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, *1 dc in next ch 6 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in same loop, ch 6, 1 dc in same loop, ch 3, 1 dc in same loop; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next ch 6 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in same loop, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 4: * 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, sl st in top of last dc worked (picot made), 1 dc in same ch 6 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: I wasn't sure how to block this yarn because I don't know that I've ever used polyamide fiber before. I hoped it wouldn't require steam blocking like acrylic. The label clearly depicts no heat and hand washing. So I took the cotton/wool approach, which worked just fine. Then I happened to notice the blocking instructions on the inside of the label, and they perfectly match what I did. Yippee!

Lightly dampen snowflake with fine water mist. Gently shape and pin on template. Allow snowflake to dry thoroughly. Remove pins. Gently remove snowflake. 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.

Please remember colored snowflakes will fade with time when exposed to direct sunlight for lengthy periods of time.

Royalty Snowflake

4 comments :

  1. Very shiny indeed at your feed, can see why you wanted to give that one a go

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    1. Thanks, Pat. Yes, this one definitely has some sparkle to it!

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  2. Ooh, fun! I haven't seen that yarn - haven't been to JoAnn for quite a long time. Premier makes some really nice yarns. Does it come in purple? ;)

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    1. I will have to look, Sue. I have not been to JoAnn's in a while either, but am in need of white quilting thread, so I'll take a look and let you know...

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