11 January 2016

Snowflake Monday


New year, new special project!!! This year, I'm hoping to share my completed project with you the day of our second annual Snowflake Ball on February 6! I have a blizzard of snowflake surprises up my sleeve for that entire week.

Last year, for the first annual Snowflake Day/Make a Snowflake Day, I created a glow-in-the-dark crochet Snowball. I also created a quilt with about 140 white snowflakes, my first big secret "special project."


I wanted to come up with something even better this year.

For this year's special project, I thought I needed 84 different (all white) little snowflakes. I had just used up more than 40 of the leftover snowflakes from Snowbike on our Christmas cards, so 84 snowflakes wasn't going to be as easy as it could have been.

The day after Christmas I realized I would to need 160 snowflakes. Nearly double! YIKES!




As a result, today's pattern has options. I was excited by how many different variations I could get out of just one pattern! And how fast some of the smaller options work up!

I'll be snowflaking away for probably the entire month. Last year, I started with the A's from my Snowflake Directory and went alphabetically all the way through about the M's (I think). So this time, I started with the Z's and am working my way backwards through the alphabet. I still need about 50 more snowflakes as of this writing.

Feel free to join in the Snowflake Ball activities at Sisters of the Snowflake!

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: 5.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in 2 colors, size 7 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

Anticipation Snowflake

Anticipation Snowflake Instructions

With Color A, make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring, sl st in starting sc. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc as sl st, * ch 3, 2 dc in next sc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
NOTE: This makes a cute little snowflake if you work your favorite picot instead of the ch 3 and bind off at the end of the Round.


Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 hdc over post of dc directly below, 1 sc in same sp, [in next ch 3 sp work 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] 5 times; 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.
NOTE: This makes a cute little snowflake if you work your favorite picot instead of the ch 5 and bind off at the end of the Round.


Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 5 dc over post of tr directly below, * 11 dc in next ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 5 dc in next ch 5 sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
NOTE: This makes an adorable little snowflake if you work your favorite picot between 11/dc groups or in the middle of each 11/dc group and bind off at the end of the Round.




Round 5: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc in same ch as sl st, * ch 3, 1 dc over next joint between 11/dc groups, ch 3, 1 dc in middle (6th dc) of next 11 dc group, [ch 3, 1 dc in same dc] 2 times; repeat from * around 5 times; ch 3, 1 dc over next joint between 11/dc groups, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch as starting dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
NOTE: This makes a cute little snowflake if you bind off at the end of the Round.


Round 6: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made), ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in dec in next joint between 11/dc groups, ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, V-stitch in next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; V-stitch in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in dec in next joint between 11/dc groups, ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, V-stitch in next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; 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.
NOTE: You may omit the next Round if desired for a cute 6-round snowflake.


Round 7: With Color B, * 2 sc in any ch 5 tip (or next ch 5 tip on repeats), ch 5, 2 sc in same sp, ch 7, 2 sc in same sp, ch 5, 2 sc in same sp, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 sc in same sp, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, working back down spikey branch sl st in ch between 1st 5/sl st spike and 4/sl st spike, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in ch between 4/sl st spike and 3/sl st spike, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next ch below 1st 3/sl st spike, ch 1, (spikey branch made) sk next 2 ch 3 sp in main body of flake, 5 sc in next ch 3 sp, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 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.



4 comments :

  1. That one is sure elaborate, or at least to me haha 160 is a ton.

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    1. 160 is a heck of a bigger chunk than I anticipated, Pat!

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  2. Ah!!!! More flakes to add to my growing collection! You can get those flakes done. I have faith in you! I am closing in on the last of mine!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I just finished pinning 9 more, so I'm getting there!

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