03 April 2017

Snowflake Monday


Simply Stunning Photo of Jagged Mountain (summit just left of the sun) by Matt Payne

Jagged Mountain is the 94th tallest peak in Colorado and perhaps one of the most difficult to climb. (Tea Kettle and Dallas are considered the most difficult.) It also is a remote mountain. You can't see it from any highway or trailhead. The only way to see it (other than photos someone else has taken) is to get out into the Weminuche Wilderness and hike. And hike. And hike. This is not an easily seen peak, no matter the trail.

I've yet to see this dynamic peak, but I've seen some photos that make me drool, such as this one by famed Colorado photographer John Fielder. A mountain truly worthy of a snowflake, don't you think? And don't you just love how the snowflake's jagged edges mirror the mountain's profile?

Matt Payne's description of the scene above expresses what I think I might feel the day I do capture a glimpse of this rugged panorama. Perhaps The Lizard will make good on his threat to finish the 14ers and climb Jagged, too, taking me along so I can take photos, even though we both know I probably can't get up the more difficult peaks. That won't stop me from burning through a memory card or two...

13,824-foot Jagged Mountain was first climbed in 1933 by a San Juan Mountaineers group led by Dwight Lavender. The first known winter ascent was just 13 months ago! DannyG23 and Monster5 posted this outstanding shot from their unbelievably insane overnighter.

Lizard has seen this peak from the Weminuche 14er summits, but he can't find a (35mm paper) photo to prove it. He insists he will be back, with me in tow. We just have to find four or five days off together. Sunrise shots of Sunlight Peak reflecting in Sunlight Lake are still very high on my to-do list, and that's the proper drainage for Jagged!

Jagged Sunrise

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: 3.75 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

Jagged Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, 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 5; sl st in top of starting popcorn st.

Round 3: Starting popcorn stitch in gap between Round 2 starting popcorn st and next popcorn st, * ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 popcorn in gap between next 2 popcorn stitches; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 2, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn to form 12th ch 5 sp 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, ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made), * ch 3, V-stitch in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 10 times; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 24th ch sp of Round.

Round 5: Ch 6 (counts as 1 sc and ch 5), * sk next V-st, 1 popcorn st in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 popcorn st in same ch 3 sp, ch 5, sk next V-st, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc and last ch 5 sp of final repeat; sl st in 1st ch of starting ch 6.

Round 6: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 1 dc in same ch as sl st (picot V-stitch made), * ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch (short picot made), ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch (long picot made), 1 sc in 2nd sc of short picot, ch 2, 1 popcorn in ch 3 sp between next 2 popcorn stitches, ch 6, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch (long picot made), ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch (short picot made), 1 sc in 4th sc of long picot, ch 1, [1 dc in next sc, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 1 dc in same sc]; repeat from * around 5 times, ending before [] sequence on final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 7; 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.

4 comments :

  1. haha need that photo as proof. 94th tallest peak? Damn, how many friggin peaks are there?

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    1. 13ers, Pat? I think about 600. But that could be the 12ers. I don't remember. It's hard to keep them straight when you're not actively climbing them.

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  2. Absolutely perfect! And it has the charm of real-life snowflakes that are sometimes a little ragged around the edges.

    Yowza - those photos you linked to. Unbelievable.

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    1. I do hope I get to do some photography in that basin one day, Sue. Some of the photos I've seen almost make me want to climb some of those remote peaks even though they are way beyond my skill level.

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