Researching the meaning of the word Heisspitz proved such a chore, I almost decided against using it as a snowflake name. Finally, instead of looking for the history of the naming of the mountain, I tried translating it, which didn't work, then just looking for the meaning.
Heisspitz is shallow, well-drained soil. Like in my garden...
So let's do a colorful flake to symbolize what my garden will look like in a couple of weeks.
The Heisspitz towers 13,262 feet in the Weminuche Wilderness, keeping watch over the Durango-Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad as it travels along the Animas River. I'm positive I have a photo of it, but I can't find it, darn it! I'm going to have to snap another shot as we pedal from Durango to Ridgway on Day Four of Ride the Rockies.
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: 4.5ochet thread in 1, 2 or 3 coordinating 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
Heisspitz 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 10, 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 5, 1 trtr in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 10 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.
Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of of trtr directly below, * ch 6, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 6, 3 dc in next ch 10 loop, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. Change colors here if using 2 or 3 colors.
Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), * 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, 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; 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, 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. Change colors here if using 2 or 3 colors.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of tr directly below, * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made), in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc], V-stitch in next ch 3 sp, 5 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch 2, sl st in top of last dc worked (picot made), 5 dc in same ch 5 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 5 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.
Alternate Round 4: Over post of tr directly below work [1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr], * sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc], sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 5 tip work [2 tr, 2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, (ch 3), 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr; repeat from * around 5 times, ending (ch 3) on final repeat; sl st in starting sc; 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.