27 April 2015

Snowflake Monday

a garden of old thread crochet flowers

What garden would be complete without a lacey flower?

This is the final flowery snowflake inspired by a stack of crocheted flowers I found while looking for quilt backing. I think I made this collection of flowers in about 1995 or 1996 and probably intended to use them on greeting cards for the annual craft fair I participate in where I work each Christmas.

Chances are, I ran out of time in assembling the greeting cards, being as fourth quarter usually keeps me pretty busy at work. So these flowers got stashed and forgotten.

This doesn't mean I won't do any more flowery snowflake patterns. It just means I have to come up with fresh ideas now. Which shouldn't be so difficult, given all the flowers coming up in my garden right now!

I heart tulips!

My first Columbine of the year!

windflowers

When I began working on the pattern for the original flower, the purple and gold one, I thought it needed something more. So I made a few alterations. Not satisfied with the first work-up, I did even more on the second attempt. By the time I got done writing all three patterns, I decided I like the original best, so that's what I worked up with white for the snowflake installment of today's pattern. The Lizard likes the second version best.

You may do whatever you'd like with flowers and/or snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Lacey Flower Snowflakes

Finished Size: 2.5 to 3 inches across 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

Lacey Flower Snowflake

Lacey Flower Snowflake Instructions

NOTE: I worked this version totally in white without binding off at the end of Round 2 for a snowflake, but the instructions below are written for a two-color flower.

With gold or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: * 1 sc in ring, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in ring, ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: * 1 sc over post of tr directly below (or in next ch 5 sp in repeats), ch 5; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.
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 3: With lavender or petal color, * 1 sc in any ch 5 sp (or in next ch 5 sp in repeats), ch 7; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Lacey Flower Snowflake

Second Variation Instructions

With gold or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: * 1 sc in ring, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in ring, ch 1, 1 dtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: * 3 sc over post of dtr directly below (or in next ch 5 sp in repeats), ch 5; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.
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 3: With lavender or petal color, * 3 sc in any ch 5 sp (or in next ch 5 sp in repeats), ch 7; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Lacey Flower Snowflake

Third Variation Instructions

With gold or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, 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 in top of starting popcorn stitch to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle as tight as you can get it with all those stitches in the center. The object here is to make the snowflake center poufy and 3D.

Round 2: * 1 sc over post of dc directly below (or in next ch 3 sp in repeats), ch 5; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.
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 3: With lavender or petal color, * 1 sc in any ch 5 sp (or in next ch 5 sp in repeats), ch 7; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; 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.

Lacey Flower Snowflake Rock

6 comments :

  1. haha sure you will never have issues finding fresh new ideas as you keep on bringing new ones every day

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    1. I hope I never run out of ideas, Pat!

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    1. Yes, spring finally is in the air, Lizard!!!

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  3. Ooh, I love the pink and gold one!

    Those crochet flowers are so cheery. I like to put crochet motifs on cards too.... :)

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I'll probably put all these on cards now that I'm done writing patterns for them. :)

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