24 October 2016

Snowflake Monday


Today's snowflake is a chillier and frostier version of last week's Sylvan Snowflake. The pattern began as a covering for a rock. I crafted this pattern several times while traveling home from the Deception Pass Classic in Washington State, adding Rounds to each new prototype until I came up with an 8-inch snowflake that actually was too big for any of the rocks I had with me in the car.

The Sylvan Snowflake was named for Sylvan Pass, the Yellowstone Park entryway we explored this year. Sylvan Pass is located in the Absaroka Range of the Rocky Mountains.

The Absaroka Indians were named by the Hidatsa, a Sioux tribe. Absaroka, also known as the Crow people, means "children of the large-beaked bird." The Crow people are well known for their beadwork.

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 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

Absaroka Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 18 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. 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), 4 dc same sc as sl st, remove hook from loop and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert hook back through loop of 4th dc and pull through ch loop (starting popcorn stitch made), * sk next 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, 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), ch 3, popcorn st in same sc; repeat from * around 4 times; popcorn st in same sc as starting popcorn; ch 1, 1 dc in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 8, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), ch 2, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 5; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round, ch 5, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 8, sl st in sc, ch 1, 1 tr in sc to form 6th tri-picot of Round.


Round 4 Option 1 (for a 4-inch snowflake): Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * 3 dc in ch 4 loop of next tri-picot , ch 3, 5 dc in ch 8 loop of same tri-picot, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), 5 dc in same ch 8 loop, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 4 loop of same tri-picot; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.
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Round 4 Option 2 (for bigger snowflake): Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * 3 dc in ch 4 loop of next tri-picot , ch 3, 9 dc in ch 8 loop of same tri-picot, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 4 loop of same tri-picot; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in ch 4 loop of next tri-picot, ch 3, 9 dc in ch 8 loop of same tri-picot, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk next 4 dc, 1 dc in next dc (3rd dc of next 3/dc shell), ch 5, sk next 2 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same dc, sk next dc, ch 5, 1 dc in same dc, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in same dc, ch 5, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next dc (1st dc of next 3/dc shell); repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a nice 5-inch snowflake.)


Notice how this snowflake incorporates Round 3 of the Sylvan Snowflake

Round 6: 1 sc over sl st in gap between ch 2 that counts as dc and dc, * ch 5, sk next ch 5 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch3, 1 tr in same tip, ch 17, sl st in 12th ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, 1 tr in same ch 5 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same tip, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, sk next ch 5, 1 sc in gap between next 2 dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

2 comments :

  1. All the different variations of the color is neat, close up really makes it look like ice is upon it.

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  2. Looks lovely and the beaded one looks fantasic!

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