02 February 2016

Snowflake Tuesday


Today's snowflake is yet another old pattern I hadn't yet published. As I was testing the pattern (and making several corrections and adjustments, I might add), I realized I could get two smaller flakes from the pattern by binding off early. I needed lots of small snowflakes for my special project, the big reveal of which is just five more days away, so this pattern proved to be a great bonus!

I tested this pattern while we drove to and from Mill Creek for cross-country skiing. Mill Creek is a gorgeous location year-round, but in winter, fewer humans and lots of white make it magical!






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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: 7.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, school glue (make sure it is water soluble), water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Mill Creek Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, *ch 6, 3 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 (3 ch and tr count as final ch 6 sp). Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp (working over tr post just worked), * ch 9, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 6, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc and last 3 ch of final repeat; ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 (3 ch and tr counts as final ch 6 sp).
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little snowflake.


Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp, * 1 dc in middle dc of next 3 dc group, working up spike, 1 dc in bottom in each of next 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc over ch 2 at tip of spike, ch 6, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, working back down spike 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 1 dc in next ch 6 loop, ch 6, 1 dc in same loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute medium-sized snowflake.
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 4: *Ch 3 (counts as 1 sc and ch 2), 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 6 loop, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc in same loop, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, 3 dc in same loop, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in next ch 6 loop, ch 24, 1 sc in 11th ch from hook (to make this step easier, ch 10 and pinch 10th ch with left thumb and middle finger, ch 14, 1 sc in ch directly above left thumb), 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 5, sk 5 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 3 sc in same ch 6 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting ch 1; 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.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. 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.

6 comments :

  1. Few humans I can see, but lots of white = magical? The cat would flee lol all yours with the snow.

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    1. That does not surprise me at all, Pat! Although my kitties loved playing in the snow. Orlin seems to be a little more contrary, though. I think he's definitely warm-blooded!

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  2. Another cool flake, even in color. Seems to be lots of flakes flying around today.

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    1. Yes, tons of beauty falling from the sky today, Lizard! Too bad we didn't get a few colorful ones like this one, eh? :)

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  3. Great flake! What a beautiful place - I can see the craggy rock influence in the snowflake design. That tropical fruit-colour version is a knockout too. :)

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    1. A tropical snowflake... now isn't that a hoot?!? I do enjoy Mill Creek immensely. I'd be back there again this weekend if it wasn't our turn to clean the church this Saturday. :)

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