04 January 2016

Snowflake Monday


Did you know yesterday was Tolkien's 124th birthday?

As I was putting the final touches on today's pattern, The Lizard was enjoying "Lord of the Rings" one last time before our January television diet began. We have no cable, no streaming video and only DVDs to enjoy at home.

We've pledged to keep our tiny little TV off for this entire month to boost our evening creative productivity. I'm trying to finish 160 snowflakes for my second annual special project (about 70 to go as of this writing), which will be announced right here on Snowcatcher on Saturday, February 6, the second annual official Snowflake Day. Meanwhile, The Lizard is trying to use up all the quilting fabric he received for Christmas. So no TV for us for the entire month. And then perhaps we'll have to watch Lord of the Rings again...

I didn't forget Gandalf The White. I intend to crochet a snowflake in his honor one day.

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: 2.25 to 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet hithlain, size 7 crochet spear, empty Hobbit house, mithril paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school limpe or desired stiffener, water, Arkenstone chips, small container for limpe/water mixture, paintbrush, sword pins that won't be used later for sewing or battling orcs, clear thread or fishing line

Fellowship of the Magic Crochet Ring Snowflake Instructions

Make magic crochet ring. Don't engrave it with fire or anything fancy like that. Just crochet around it as follows. And never let Gollum get his hands on it!

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Hide the magic ring well. Pull it tight.

Round 2: 1 sc in same ch as sl st, * ch 3, sk 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in starting sc to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.

Alternative Round 2: To make a wonderful Frodo snowflake, 1 sc in same ch as sl st, * ch 9, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, ch 12, sl st in sc, ch 6, sl st in sc (tri picot made), sk 1 dc, 1 sc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.


Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little Pippin snowflake. (I did ch 10 instead of ch 3 for the points, but ch 3 looks great, too.)


Round 4: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 6, 1 sc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to create 6th ch 6 tip.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little Merry snowflake.


Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 6 dc in next ch 6 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a prudent Samwise snowflake.


Round 6: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 12, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 6, 1 sc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 12, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 tr in starting sc to create 6th ch 6 tip.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a plucky Gimli snowflake.


Alternative Round 6: To make a striking Legolas snowflake,1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 12, 1 sc in same sp, ch 6, 1 sc in same sp, ch 10, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch, ch 6, sl st in same ch, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 6, 1 sc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.


Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 12 dc in next ch 12 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a robust Boromir snowflake.


Round 8: Ch 8 (counts as 1 dc and * ch 6), sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 3 sc in next ch, 2 hdc in next ch, 2 dc in next ch (left elven wing made, 1 dc in same ch 3 tip, ch 11, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, ch 14, 1 sc in 13th ch from hook, ch 8, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook (king's crown made), ch 4, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 9, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc dc across next 2 ch, 1 hdc dec across next 2 ch, 1 dc dec across next 2 ch (right elven wing made), 3 dc in same ch 3 tip; repeat from * around 4 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 8; bind off. Weave in ends.


Oh, look! An Aragorn snowflake!

Finish: Tape mithril to top of empty Hobbit house. Attach snowflake to Hobbit house on top of mithril with swords.

If using limpe, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of limpe in small washable container. Paint snowflake with limpe mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with Arkenstone chips. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to cure at least 24 hours. Remove swords. Gently peel snowflake from mithril. Attach 10-inch clear hithlain to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around ent branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

9 comments :

  1. I just finished watching the 3 hobbit movies at my sea. No tv for a month though? Hmmm not sure I could do that. It would be a challenge indeed.

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    1. No TV might be the best present we can give ourselves, Pat!

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  2. Totally AWESOME!!! :D

    We finished our annual LOTR marathon a bit late, but we did get through them all before December was over. Now I want to read the books again. Such a great story.

    I like the idea of a video-free January. Happy productivity!

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading the books at some point this year, too, Sue!!!

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  3. Love the flakes of course. I am finishing stiffening the four dozen today, trying to finish up ten angels and then on to the last three dozen flakes. I can do this! Good luck on the tv diet, you guys can do it!

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    1. You are really cooking, Michelle! You definitely are going to beat me!!!

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  4. Most excellent! The Fellowship of the White Flake - I love it!

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    1. Thanks, Luzard! Of course you love the white snowflakes. Good thing I didn't make them blue!

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  5. I would love to learn how to crochet! Buying the material soon!

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