Today's snowflake was designed a couple of years ago while we were traveling home from a glorious day in the Weminuche Wilderness, which we'll be riding up against on Day 4 of Ride the Rockies this summer.
When The Lizard and I backpacked into the Weminuche Wilderness via Hunchback Pass a year and a half after my life-altering emergency back surgery, I had no idea before the trip we had a mountain that fit the way I was feeling at the time. I told the Lizard back then I'd like to go back one day and climb Hunchback Mountain just to repeat my hunchback pose on top. It doesn't look like a very difficult peak to climb... (That's Hunchback Mountain behind me in the top photo.)
I still hope to return one day. Preferably when the wildflowers are going nuts. Even though that's when the biting flies also are going nuts.
Man, the wildflowers in the Weminuche were out of this world!!! (And these photos were all before I got my good camera!)
So were the mushrooms...
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: 3 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
Hunchback Snowflake Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, 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), * ch 3, 5 dc in ring, 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); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Starting popcorn stitch over post of dc directly below, * [popcorn stitch in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, popcorn stitch in same sp]; repeat from * around 4 times; popcorn stitch into next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 tr in top of starting popcorn stitch to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.
Round 3: Ch 14 (counts as 1 dc and ch 12), * sk next 2 popcorn stitches, 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 12; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 3 and last dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 14 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * in next ch 12 sp work [5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc], in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc]; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; 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.