Here's another snowflake inspired by one of Kenneth Libbrecht's beauties. This one is on page 104 of "Snowflakes."
The working name of this snowflake was Zephyr II because I made the first one en route to Moab while we were attempting to escape our Mother's Day snowstorm. I worked out the bugs in the pattern during a recent trip to Crested Butte, finishing just as 13,208-foot Mount Teocalli came into view. Although I love the name Zephyr, Teocalli really fits this snowflake better.
Teocalli was named by the 1873 Hayden survey party. During that expedition, photographer William Henry Jackson wrote of this peak: "...the Aztec teocalli, or sacrificial mound, that were always built in a pyramidal form, and which this mountain closely resembles..."
Teocalli means "Temple of the Sun." The mountain is one I've had my climbing eyes on since before my 2004 emergency back surgery. I still hope to get up this peak one day.
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 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
Mount Teocalli Snowflake Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, * ch 8, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 8, 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: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 1 sc in next ch 8 loop, 1 hdc in same loop, 2 dc in same loop, ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch (spoke made), 2 dc in same ch 8 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 1 dc between next 2 dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk next 2 st, 1 dc in each of next 2 dc, working up bottom side of spoke 1 sc in each of next 2 dc, ch 5, sk next st, 1 sc in next st, ch 2, sk next 2 st, 1 dc in next st, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), ch 3, sk next st, 1 sc in point of spoke, ch 6, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 8, 1 sc in 8th ch from hook, ch 6, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, 1 sc in tip of spoke, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, working back down spoke sk next spoke st, 1 dc in next st (should be directly across from dc on other side of spoke), ch 2, sk next 2 st, 1 sc in next st (should be directly across from sc on other side of spoke), ch 5, sk next st, 1 sc in each of next 4 st, 1 dc in next dc (at joint of spokes), ch 3, sl st in top of dc (picot made); repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, ch 3, sl st in same ch to form picot; 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.
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.
I was working up this snowflake in white for my special project, and I ran out of thread at the end of Round 2. So I frogged the second round and worked it again, making a tri-picot at each tip, then binding off at the end of the round.
Not a bad little snowflake!