12 January 2015

Snowflake Monday

Just before Christmas, I noticed the commute bag of another passenger while waiting in line for our train. It was too dark to take a picture, and my hands were full anyway, so I just stared at the snowflake on the bag and tried to memorize it. As soon as my hands were free, I attempted to duplicate it in thread. I finished my prototype as winter storm Eris gifted us with a beautiful white Christmas.

This is my interpretation of the snowflake on that bag.

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!

Eris 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

Eris Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 2 tr in ring, ch 3, * 3 tr in ring, ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: 1 sc in same ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 tr, * 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 9, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, [ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook] 2 times ( coxcomb picot made), ch 7, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 1 sc in each of next 3 tr; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: Sl st in next sc, * sk next st, 1 sc in each of next 3 st, 3 sc in next ch loop, 3 hdc in same loop, 3 dc in same loop, 2 tr in same loop, ch 3, sl st in top of tr just worked, ch 3, sl st in same ch loop, ch 8, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, [yo 2 times and draw up loop through next ch, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook 2 times] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (tr dec made), ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, [1 sc dec across next 2 ch] 2 times (1st curly branch made), ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch (picot made), ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 2 sc in each of next 2 ch, draw up loop in last sc of picot, draw up loop in last sc of 1st curly branch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (2nd curly branch made), working back down branch 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 3 tr in next ch, sk next coxcomb picot, sl st in same ch loop, ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 2 tr in same ch lp, 3 dc in same loop, 3 hdc in same loop, 3 sc in same loop, 1 sc in each of next 3 st, sk next st, sl st in next st; repeat from * around 5 times; 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I try to help crocheters having difficulty with my patterns when possible, but I do not have (and do not want) 24-hour internet access.

If you need immediate assistance, please consider asking for assistance on Ravelry (either the Snowflake group or the Techniques group), Crochetville or Sisters of the Snowflake. All three are totally free and wonderful resources loaded with friendly, experienced and helpful crafters. Thank you for being patient and considerate.

12 comments :

  1. Can get inspiration from all over, we just have to look. Good memory indeed, remembering it, but I'd never doubt it for snowflakes haha

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    1. Perhaps a photographic memory, Pat?!? :)

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  2. Kuule beanz, a power flake! It looks like an early winter, short day, flake. It's personality appears bold, defiant and even threatening. It has a touch of Romulan as well.

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    1. I love it! One of the Sisters of the Snowflake said her first thought was Maleficent. Perhaps we'll have to rent that now...

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  3. I came across this tutorial for dying yarn with Wilton Icing Dye. I have never used it for anything but frosting but I know it is a bright, easy way to color frosting with deep dark colors or pretty pastels.
    http://www.freshstitches.com/dye-yarn-with-wilton-icing-dye/

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. I have not tried Wilton's yet (for food or fiber - ha ha!), but I have heard it's growing in popularity as powered, sugarless Kool-Aid is getting more and more difficult to find, especially in a range of colors.

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  4. Wow, what an exotic - almost alien-looking flake! (Somehow the words "barbarian" and "throwing star" come to mind. But in a good way.) Eris is a great name for it.

    I wonder how many people on the train stare at YOUR bag or YOUR crochet work and try to reproduce them at home? :D

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    1. You do not know how hard you made me laugh with that comment, Sue! Now I'm going to not get as much crocheting done on the train because I'll be too busy peeking out of the corner of my eye to see what reactions my tiny work is igniting from now on!!!

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  5. Love the name as well. I can't quite pt a name to the emotion it evokes in me.

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    1. Thank you, Di! I'm not sure anyone else has ever expressed such an emotional reaction!

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