07 March 2016

Snowflake Monday


Alexey Kljatov has been providing lots of snowflake inspiration for me, and his most recent snowflake was just what I needed, just when I needed it. He calls this snowflake Serenity.

I worked out this pattern en route to and from the graveside service for my uncle. Alexey published this snowflake the morning after Dennis died. Serenity is the feeling I'm trying to radiate both in my personal life and in this pattern. Thank you, Alexey.

Alexey describes cleaning the water droplets from snowflake melt originally appearing in the above photo. I thought that task correlated well with trying to share and dry the tears of my aunt and cousins. I also think Alexey provides inspiration and motivation for me to perhaps "clean up" some of my own snowflake photographs one day!


my first attempt shooting snowflakes with extension tubes two years ago


my second attempt shooting snowflakes with extension tubes two years ago


snowflakes on the windshield of my car last year


snowflakes on a blue glass dish last November


snowflakes on my cross-country ski boots in January

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: 8.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, 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

Serenity Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc as sl st, * ch 3, sk next sc, 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.

Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, [ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little 2-inch snowflake.


Look what happens when you make the tips ch 10 instead of ch 3!


Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 5, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times; ch 5, 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 cute little 2.5-inch snowflake.


Round 5: Ch 11 (counts as 1 dc and ch 9), * 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same tip, ch 9; repeat from * around 5 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 11 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little 3-inch snowflake.


And just look what happens when you put fancy points on it!


Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next next 9 ch, 1 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc and last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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 7: Ch 19 (counts as 1 dc and ch 17), * 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same tip, ch 17; repeat from * around 5 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 11 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 1 dc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next next 17 ch, 1 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc and last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 9: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 1 dc in same ch 3 tip, ch 21, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3; repeat from * 5 times, omitting last ch 3 and last dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 12th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 10: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), 1 dc 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, * 1 tr in next dc, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times (double picot made), 1 dc in same dc as tr, ch 7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch (snowflake tip made), 1 dc in same dc as tr, work double picot, 1 tr in same dc, ch 5, 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, sk next dc and next 2 ch, 1 dc in each of next 17 ch, sk next 2 ch and next dc **, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch; repeat from * around 5 times, ending ** on final repeat, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.

11 comments :

  1. Great shots indeed. Sounds like Serenity showed up just at the right time it was needed too!

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    1. Perfect flake at the perfect time, Pat. I might try another version of this because it was so relaxing.

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  2. Deb, I love this post, this snowflake, and the link photograph too.

    Snowflake photography - irresistible and so hard to get the results we want! But there's something very appealing about the ghostly little images of yours - they're like a shadow and a hint of the incredible beauty that is falling all around us every time it snows. (Having a hard time putting words to this thought - I hope you know what I mean!)

    Have a great week, dear friend. :)

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    1. Thank you, Sue! If I could, I'd be photographing snowflakes every single time it snows!

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  3. Love the snowflake photos. That one from the windshield particularly caught my interest :)

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    1. Thank you, Amanda. That windshield storm was a good one. I think I took about 200 shots that night!

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  4. Awesome shots and crocheting! You captured some nice flakes.

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    1. Thank you, Lizard! I need to start crocheting some of them, don't I?

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  5. Excellent work! It looks very similar. Don't you mind if i'll add a link to your crocheted version into my post?

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    1. Thank you, Alexy! I would be honored!

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    2. Many thanks! I've added it.

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