28 July 2014

Snowflake Monday

Long Drive Snowflake

This snowflake was inspired by my first trip to The Wave in February 2012, but I apparently was so enamored with my Valentine Wave II Snowflake, I never wrote the pattern for this one.

After publishing my first Lost Amigo Snowflake, readers began pointing me to a bevy of snowflakes for which I had neglected to write patterns, including this one. Since publishing that first lost snowflake, I’ve kept photos of other lost snowflakes on my phone for rare times when I have no inspiration and nothing pressing to do. During a recent trip to Moab, I thought I’d work up one of the lost babies, and today’s pattern is the result.

Rather than call this yet another lost amigo, I thought I could memorialize our very long drive to red rock paradise, an annual pilgrimage we never mind making. Not only does this snowflake symbolize the drive TO the red desert; the prototype snowflake memorializes God's artwork on rocks.

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!

Long Drive Snowflake

Finished Size: 6 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

Long Drive Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: * 2 sc in ring, ch 10; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 sc in ring, ch 5, 1 trtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 10 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: 2 sc over post of trtr just worked, * ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 3 sc in next ch 10 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc as sl st, * ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 8, 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 2 dc in middle sc of next 3/sc group, ch 3, 2 dc in same sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc and last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * 12 dc in next ch 8 loop, 2 dc in next ch 3 point, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 6, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 2 dc in same ch 3 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.
NOTE: Pastel version has a ch 2 picot at the top of the 12-rounded point. This is achieved by working 6 dc, ch 2, sl st in dc just made, 6 dc.

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.

Yes, of course I made a white one for my special project! Flourishes on the rounded points are included below.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * 6 dc in next ch 8 loop, ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 1, 6 dc in same ch 8 loop, 2 dc in next ch 3 point, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 6, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 2 dc in same ch 3 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Long Drive Snowflake

6 comments:

  1. Another well done one indeed at your feed, who knew a drive could be so inspiring.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! All my long drives lately have been inspiring! Let's hope it stays that way!

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  2. I really love the rounded edges of the first one.

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    1. Thanks, Krista! That's funny. I liked the rounded edges when I made the first one, but when I was testing the pattern, I kept changing the rounded points because they no longer looked like snowflake points to me!

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  3. Wow, all the versions are beautiful. That yarn in the first one is so delicious-looking - like something raspberry-chocolate flavoured. :)

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    1. Oh, yum, you've made me hungry, Sue!!!

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