Typhoon Nuri sent a wave of polar air throughout the US and spelled the end to our lovely Indian summer. I've had to say goodbye to my garden until next spring.
My special project is still underway, although I haven't added any photos to the gallery in a while. My good camera is in the shop, and I haven't been motivated to force my point-and-shoot for any extended macro (close-up) photography because it often seems it's not worth the one –in-four or one-in-five shots that turn out acceptably. (The flower shots above are with my iPhone, believe it or not!)
I believe I've surpassed the 200 snowflakes I estimated I'd need for my project, which I hope to formally announce and sneak preview in about February, but I also used a few of the white, unstiffened snowflakes in quilts and pin quilts I've finished in the last couple of months. So I'm still making unstiffened white flakes and keeping them in a separate stack so I can shoot them when I get my real camera back. (See there? Positive attitude. I WILL get my good camera back. I will NOT have to save up for two years to buy a new one. Positive thinking. Never giving up hope.)
In the meantime, Johanna was the first person in the Snowflake-A-Long to finish 200 snowflakes, and she even beat me!!! She won a fat quarter of my very own Spoonflower blue snowflake fabric, and I'm sure there are a few of the flakes she made depicted on that fabric! Congrats, Johanna, and thank you so much for participating and keeping me going when I got so bored with white!
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: 4 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
Nuri Snowflake Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (popcorn stitch made), * ch 3; 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in same ch 5 sp, * 1 dc in gap between next 2 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made), 7 dc in next ch 5 sp, ; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in gap between next 2 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 3 dc in next ch 5 sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
NOTE: Working ch 6 instead of ch 3 on this Round and binding off here makes a cute little flake.
Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch as sl st, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp (top of V-stitch), ch 3, 2 dc in middle (4th) dc of next 7/dc group, ch 10, sl in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 5, sk next 5 ch, yo and draw up loop in next ch, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, [yo and draw up loop through same ch, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (dc cluster made), 2 dc in same middle dc of 7/dc group; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; 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.