10 April 2017

Snowflake Monday


Crocus, anemone, windflower, prairie smoke... all are common names for the pasqueflower.

The pasqueflower is the South Dakota state flower. It's among the first to bloom there, and unlike here in the Rocky Mountains, where it pops through the snow for a couple of weeks in late winter or early spring, in South Dakota, the pasqueflower often will bloom through June.


The Lakota name for this flower is hosi cekpa, which means child's navel.

The furry-coated pasqueflower announces the coming of spring. The soft hairs covering the petals and stems keep the plant warm during snowfall and freezing temperatures.


The French word pasque refers to Easter. The name windflower comes from the gorgeous bad hair day seeds being spread in the wind, which is a common denominator throughout the prairie as well as the Rocky Mountains. After flowering, the white, lavender or purple blossoms become fuzzy seedheads beloved by photographers such as me.






Here are previous flower flakes in this series:

Amaryllis
Blue Flax
Chamomile
Clematis
Daisy
Daffodil
Dahlia
Delphinium
Forget-Me-Not
Iris
Hoya
Lobelia
Love in a Mist
Mother's Day Snowflake (rose-like)
Picotee
Sixifrage
Spiderwort
Spring Star Flower
Windflower

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: 5.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread 2 or 3 colors, 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


Pasqueflower Snowflake Instructions

With white, light purple or dark purple, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), [1 dc in ring, ch 2] 5 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 4. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: [In next ch 2 sp work 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1dc, ch 1, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] 6 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: * 1 sc in next hdc, 1 hdc in next dc, 4 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just worked, 3 dc in same ch 1 sp, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next hdc, sl st between next 2 sc; repeat from * around 5 times for a total of 6 petals; bind off. Weave in ends.


Round 4: With green, if making leaves, or white, working from wrong side of flower, 1 dc around any Round 1 dc post, *ch 3, 1 dc around next Round 1 dc post; repeat from * 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in starting dc to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 5: Ch 5 (counts as ch 5 and 1 dc), * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 ch of final repeat; 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp; 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 3 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. (If making leaves, bind off green here and work remainder of Rounds in white.)
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 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 4 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 5 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Make a tiny pompom from light yellow thread and tie to center of flower.










I dabbed my pompoms with a drop of school glue after attaching them to hold them in place and shape them.






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.

And now, for the Easter egg version of this snowflake:


Work Rounds 1-6 same as above.

Round 7: Ch 8 (counts as 1 dc and ch 6), * 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same tip, ch 3; repeat from * around 5 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 8 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 8, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 8, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 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 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 10, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 10, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 12, [4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 4 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 12, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 11: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 14, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 10, 5 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 14, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

6 comments :

  1. Sure have to go super close for the shots. Wow, guess no one could decide on a true name as many gave it a name claim haha.

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    1. Many varieties indeed, Pat. This one is always fun because it means spring is coming. Eventually...

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  2. Not quite. It's Prarie Crocus & Meadow or Cut-leaf Anemone that are some of the common names of the Eastern Pasque Flower. =>/<=

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    1. Thanks, Susan! A stunningly beautiful flower and seed head, regardless of the name!

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  3. In response to the comment above, I think meadow anemone (also called Canada anemone) is a different species entirely - and not as lovely as the Pasque flower! Both are part of the Ranunculus family, and both grow in Wisconsin, though I've never yet seen the Pasque flower in the wild. (To confuse matters - we also have a Prairie Smoke in Wisconsin that's unrelated to either. Aren't flower names great?)

    Beautiful photos and as always a beautiful work of crochet! (Is that vest done yet?) I particularly like the stamens. Or do I mean pistils? The yellow yarn bits. :D

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    1. Thank you, Sue! The vest is still in progress. I've been saving up flower photos for the remaining motifs. So far, no flower is repeated... We have an alpine prairie smoke that also is not a Pasque flower. How cool! I agree that flower names are as amazing as the flowers themselves!

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