20 October 2014

Snowflake Monday

Last Light

The drive home to Colorado from a full morning of grizzly photos in Yellowstone was long and somewhat boring. I was trying to make as many snowflakes as I could while I could still see in the nearing twilight. In many stretches across Wyoming, I have no phone signal, so I couldn't call upon already published patterns for my special project.

So I designed a few more. This was the last one. Daylight was fading fast, and soon, I couldn't see anymore. Then it began to rain. All the way home. Time to end the snowflake and take a nap.

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!

Last Light Snowflake

Finished Size: 3.5 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

Last Light Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in same sc, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 3, 5 dc in ring, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in top loop of 1st dc of this 5/dc group, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through top loop of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight enough to make popcorn stitches poufy.

Round 2: 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, *1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 tr in same sp, [ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times (2 dc picots made), 1 tr in same ch 5 sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, ch 20, sl st in 20th ch from hook; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Last Light Snowflake

This is yet another snowflake I had fun tweaking while working on my special project. I came up with a variation I like even better than the first one, perhaps because this one was created in full daylight. It's yet another Easter egg I'm hiding on my website, and I hope you enjoyed finding this treasure!

Round 3: * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (sc picot made), ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made),1 tr in same ch 5 sp, 1 dc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, ch 11, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, ch 1; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; 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.

Last Light Snowflake

8 comments :

  1. You always have a cure for a boring drive with snowflake making

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    1. I have the cure for every boring everything, Pat. Snicker, snicker! Snowflakes can cure so many things!

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  2. Yep, the high plains of Wyoming. Perhaps you could name another flake Wind River, Shoshoni, Powder River, Cowboy Flake or something else Wyoming.

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    1. Wind River and Powder River are super cool, Lizard! I'm going to use those! Cowboy Flake... I think I'd have to make you write the post again. Up for another challenge???

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    2. Well nau... Ifenz I must...

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    3. Well, then, I'll just start working on some more manflakes right away!!!

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  3. Wow, a knockout flake! Pretty good work while driving in the dusk.... :)

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    1. Thanks, Sue! But I wasn't the driver. Heh heh!

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