06 February 2017

Snowflake Monday


Welcome to the third annual Snowflake Day!

There is indeed another special snowflake project. I was hoping to enter it into the tenant art exhibit at the building where I work in downtown Denver, but a head cold kicked me to the curb most of the month of January. I missed the deadline. I attended the open house and reception kicking off the month-long exhibit last week, and I decided I should go ahead and try to enter the piece in another show.

As a result, I'm keeping this new project under wraps until it gets accepted into an exhibit, at which time you'll probably feel the earth move, because I'll be pretty darned excited!!!

Meanwhile, use your imagination; the snowflakes in this year's fundraising pattern booklet are featured in my latest work of art. And even though I didn't finish the work of art in time for one specific show, I do still have a reason to celebrate snowflakes today.

My new PDF pattern booklet to benefit the fight against multiple sclerosis is here!


We still aren't sure if we will both be able to participate in this year's Colorado MS-150 or Bike MS ride, as volunteers or riders, but we have decided it's a good cause, so we'll raise money to continue the fight regardless.

This new PDF booklet includes 20 of my past snowflake patterns modified to serve as photo frames. Because nothing's cuter than putting a grandchild in a snowflake, right? And you remember I have tons of grandchildren now, right?

My new PDF booklet of patterns includes snowflakes that will not be published on my blog but instead will be offered as a unique thank you card to anyone who makes a tax-deductible donation of at least $10 to my dear husband's 2017 MS-150 fund here or my 2017 MS-150 fund here.

Please note that my husband and I do not have access to personal email (or our blogs) during the work day and may be unable to respond to donations until in the evenings.

As in years past, if you do not hear back from one of us within a couple of days after making a donation, please email me at snowcatcher at att dot net to make sure I know your donation has been made. I do sincerely try to get pdf booklets emailed out the same day every time a donation is made if I am able. We do have more reliable internet at home this year, so we shouldn't have to find a WiFi location in order to send booklets unless we are out of town, such as while training for a big ride. Assuming we get to do any more big rides together...


Today's snowframe pattern is modified from a button snowflake I introduced a few weeks ago. Back then, Pop Goes the Button was a catchy name, but today's pattern has no button. How about Pop Goes the Booklet?

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflake frames you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!


Finished Size: 5.5 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

Pop Goes the Booklet Snowframe Instructions

Foundation Round: [Ch 10, sl st in 5th ch from hook] 5 times; ch 5; taking care not to twist work, sl st in starting ch; ch 2, 1 dtr in same ch to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dtr directly below, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 3, sk next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, sk next 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch 5 loop, 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 ch 5 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last popcorn st and last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 5, in next ch 3 tip (between popcorns) work [ 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc]; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc], ch 2, 1 tr in 3rd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little 3-inch 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 3: 1 sc around post of tr directly below, * ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, sk next ch 5 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc and last ch 5 of final repeat; ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * ch 4, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 5 dc over Round 2 and Round 3 chains, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch 10, 3 dc in same ch 5 tip; 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.

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.

5 comments :

  1. Hopefully everything goes off without a hitch and you get accepted in. We'll keep our eye out for the earth moving haha

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  2. Love this! Many years ago I made my parents a set of crochet lace frames for grandkid photo ornaments. I think this will be the perfect starter for a new set. (And if I start now, I might even finish by Christmas.)

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    1. Thank you, Unknown! They do indeed make great gifts! Good luck on making the Christmas deadline!

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  3. Those are some gorgeous flakes for a great cause! Good luck with the project. :)

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