30 March 2015

Snowflake Monday

Booted

Today's snowflake name may sound like I am having computer problems again. Not this time, thankfully!

Instead, I was composing an email to a very dear friend, and the annoying ad on the right side of the screen kept stealing my attention. Finally I decided to pay a couple of seconds' worth of intellectual absorbency, and I noticed the snowflakes surrounding the women's boots being advertised. Who cares about the boots?!? I want to make the snowflake! (But with six sides, not eight.)

Re-Booted

The snowflakes were very tiny in the ad, so I had to sketch one out so I could remember it, next time hook in hand. It's not all that dramatic a snowflake, but it is unique, compared to other snowflakes I've designed so far, plus, it has a flower in the center, and Friday was the first day of SPRING!!! So Booted gets a blog post of its own.

I tested this pattern with my hollyhock-dyed thread from last summer. The hollyhock thread always wants to change color when I stiffen it unless I add vinegar to the stiffener. I wanted to see what the final color would be if I let it change, and, well...

What a change!

Hibiscus Booted Snowflake

I think I like the vinegar version better!!!

I also pinned the hibiscus version differently, and I like that better, too. But it's good to have one snowflake representative of the original inspiration.

Booted Snowflakes

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!

PS: Today's Snowflake Monday is my 1,600th post!!!

Booted Snowflake

Finished Size: 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

Booted Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 2: 1 sc in same sc, 1 sc in next sc, * ch 18, 1 sc in each of next 2 sc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 8, yo 7 times, yo and draw up loop through starting sc, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 8 times (mega tr made), to form 6th ch 18 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of mega tr directly below, 1 sc in same sp, * ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 18 sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 8, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, yo and draw up loop through each of next 2 ch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (sc dec made) (branch made), ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch (branch made), ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 2 sc in next ch (sc inc made) (branch made), yo and draw up loop through 5th sc of previous branch, yo and draw up loop through sc dec of previous branch, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (tri-branch made), 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 2 dc in same ch 18 sp, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc and last sc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: For the hollyhock version of this snowflake, I worked a sl st picot on the tip of every branch instead of sc.

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.

The snowflake-covered rock I made using this pattern looks as good on the backside as on the front, in my opinion, so I have to show it off!

Booted Snowflake Rock

Booted Snowflake Rock Bottom

Booted Snowflake Rock Bottom

Booted Snowflake Rock

10 comments :

  1. lol those ads like to creep up indeed. As google spies on you and gives you ones you want to see. Congrats on 1600th

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    1. That's true, Pat. I hadn't thought about how the cookies tell the advertisers what kind of ads to dump on you every time you browse.

      1,600... probably lagging way behind you!!!

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  2. It may have ate my comment, hmmm, dumb blogger. Congrats on your 1600th post

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    1. Well, thank you, Lizard! Here's to 1,600 more!

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  4. Congratulations on the 1600 milestone! :-)

    Love multi-look pieces - especially snowflakes - most especially yours. (But personally, I'm way tired of the white stuff outdoors for this year. At least the mounds have melted away - but the forecast for Friday or Saturday is . . . more flurries! Gah.)

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! We're in for another dip, too. 6-12 from this next storm, and two nights of hard freeze. Thank you for a beautiful spring, my glorious hyacinths, and hope to see you next year!

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  5. Tee-hee! When i clicked the print-friendly button, then the button for PDF, an ad for women's boots showed up...Congrats on your 1600th! I love making snowflakes and as long as you keep posting patterns, I know I'll never run out!!

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    1. That's hilarious, Vicki! Thanks for adding a fun tickle to this post! And thank you for your kind words. I'd forgotten all about this particular snowflake, so it was fun to take a trip back down memory lane.

      And tomorrow's snowflake will be my 1,850th post... Closing in on 2,000!

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