09 February 2015

Snowflake Monday

Special Project Leftovers

While making an estimated 200 white snowflakes from my existing patterns for my special project, I tweaked so many of them, I'm almost ashamed of the ones that desperately needed tweaking.

Be Still My Heart

Be Still My Heart was not one of my flakes in need of tweaking, but following a tragic first crack and many attempts to rescue that poor little snowflake, I couldn't help but play with the pattern. I had, after all, already made at least 10 of these snowflakes, all identical, except for color. No two alike... I had to change it up!

Inspiration for this snowflake also was provided by a flurry of popcorn stitch-center snowflake patterns and yet another Disney flick, this one, "Mulan", and Stevie Wonder’s version of "True To Your Heart."

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!

True 2 Your Heart Snowflake

Finished Size: 4.5 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

True 2 Your Heart 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 5, 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 2, 1 tr in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight enough to make popcorn stitches poufy.

Round 2: 1 sc over post of tr just made, * ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: Ch 14 (counts as 1 dc and ch 12), * sk over next picot, 1 dc over next sc, ch 12; repeat from * around 3 times; sk over next picot, 1 dc over next sc, ch 5, 1 qtr (that means yo 5 times) in 2nd ch of starting ch 14 to form 6th ch 12 sp of Round.

Round 4: Ch 16 (counts as 1 dc and ch 14), * 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 10, 1 dc in next ch 12 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 dc in same ch 12 sp, ch 14; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc and ch 14 of Round; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 16; 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.

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Now that my special project layout is done, I'll be stiffening leftover white snowflakes for months!

6 comments :

  1. Nothing wrong with changing it up every now and then, always adds some variety.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of approval, Pat! It is fun to go back and make them better than the first time around.

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  2. As a mountain biker, and speaking for other mountain bikers, and some roadies, we like the "be still my heart flake." It looks like a brake rotor, which makes it a very special and needed flake.

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    1. I hadn't looked at this flake through those eyes yet, Lizard, so thank you for pointing that out to me!

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  3. Ooh, I like this one. Reminds me of lacy wirework. Can't wait to see the big reveal of the special project! :)

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    1. Me, too, Sue. Will you wake me when it's done? :)

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