14 November 2016

Snowflake Monday


Reader and crocheter Lynn asked if last week's Amer I Can Snowflake could be made without a button. I hadn't tried that, but I was sure it would work, perhaps with minor adjustments.

buttonless Amer I Can II Snowflake
Yes, both patterns may be made without buttons, with adjustments.
Sorry I didn't have time to finish this one before Monday morning...

Unbuttoned Amer I Can Snowflake
Okay, now it's unbuttoned!

Another reader asked if bigger buttons could be used, such as 1.5-inch buttons. That required a few more adjustments than a snowflake without the button in the center. Working up an adjusted pattern gave me the opportunity to play with the shape of the center openings in each spoke... I wanted them to be hexagonal! So today I'm sharing the pattern for larger button sizes.

And then I found some larger faceted buttons! This is going to be FUN!


If you haven't been keeping up with my blog, you probably didn't know I broke the Snowcatcher record for outside Colorado garden flowers. Four of my garden plants are STILL blooming on November 13! That likely will end this weekend when we finally hit our normal late November temperatures. Daytime highs are predicted be in the 30s, and overnight lows will be in the low 20s. So here's one final installment of November 2016 gardening. Real snowflakes are sure to be on the way!










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, two-holed 1.5-inch button, 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

NOTE: This snowflake may be pinned many different ways. See last week's Amer I Can Snowflake for examples.


Amer I Can II Snowflake Instructions

Round 1: 1 sc in button hole, ch 7,[1 sc in same buttonhole, ch 7] 2 times, 1 sc in next buttonhole, [ch 7, 1 sc in same buttonhole] 2 times; ch 3, 1 dtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 7 sp of Round.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dtr directly below, * ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 5 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; ch 5, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 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 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, * ch 5, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 10, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, ch 12, 1 sc in 9th ch from hook, ch 14, 1 sc in 11th ch from hook, ch 16, 1 sc in 13th ch from hook, ch 1, working back down branch, sk ch loop just made and next ch, 1 dc in next ch (Round 3 snowflake tip made), ch 12, 1 sc in 11th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next ch on branch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 10, 1 sc in 9th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next ch on branch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 8, 1 sc in 7th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next ch on branch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, ** 1 dc in same Round 3 ch 5 tip (snowflake branch or spoke made), ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 2 dc and last 3 ch of final repeat (marked by ** above); sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; 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.


Pink Amer I Can Snowflake for my Sister-in-law

4 comments :

  1. The bigger ones sure shine. Ugg to real snowflakes being on the way haha

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    1. Well, we had a forecast for 1-3, Pat, and I thought that meant we'd be able to count the flakes as they blew by at high speed. But we got four inches! And I'm done watering the garden and weeding for the year!

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  2. I love cosmos! Yours are lovely. We still had marigolds and a bit of verbena blooming, but they're starting to look discouraged. I picked the very last tomatoes yesterday. Can you believe this November weather?

    That snowflake looks amazing with the larger button. :)

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    1. I think I broke the Colorado record for outdoor flowers, Sue! I still had fresh blooms all the way to November 17! Unbelievable!!!

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