11 September 2017

Snowflake Monday



The Firefighter Quilt by Vicki Siegel, Quilts at the Capitol, 2009

What a day to start crocheting snowflakes again, right?

Today, 343 firefighters from approximately seven states will be climbing the 55 flights of stairs in the building where I work twice to commemorate and honor the firefighters who selflessly gave their lives on September 11, 2001 in New York City.

This memorial stairclimb has been happening at the building where I work every year since 2006. The firefighters climb the entire flight twice because the World Trade Center had 110 flights. Each of the firefighters carries the name or badge of one of the firefighters who died. Since 2010, the climbers have raised money each year to assist the families of all those who died on September 11, 2001.


2015 Memorial Stairclimb

I didn't get to watch them last year because I was in Washington State participating in the Deception Pass Classic fighting multiple sclerosis.

I'll be taking pictures of today's event, and I hope to be able to download, edit and upload them tonight so I can share them with you tomorrow.

In the meantime, I'm praying for the firefighters who are battling blazes across the west, and I'm praying for humanitarian workers helping with the post-Harvey effort and all the people who are being affected by Irma and Jose. I hope all the firefighters and volunteers will be able to soon return home safe to their families, and I hope all those who have been evacuated will be able to return safely to homes in which they will still be able to live.

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


Finished Size: 4.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in three colors (I used white and my own hand-dyed hibiscus and deep water), 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

Patriot Snowflake Instructions

With white, ch 16.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, draw up loop in next ch, join blue thread, complete sc on hook with blue, twist blue and white thread and with blue, 1 sc in each of next 6 ch, leaving white thread behind work. Do not crochet over white thread end. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, draw up loop in next sc, twist blue and white thread and finish sc on hook with white thread, leaving blue thread behind work. Do not crochet over blue thread. With white thread, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc. Draw up loop in next sc, join red thread, complete sc on hook with red, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: With red thread (not crocheting over white thread), 1 sc in each of next 7 sc. Draw up loop in next sc, twist red and blue thread, complete sc on hook with blue, with blue thread, 1 sc in each of next 6 ch, leaving red thread behind work. Do not crochet over red thread end. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: 1 sc in each of next 5 sc, draw up loop in next sc, twist blue and red thread and finish sc on hook with red thread, leaving blue thread behind work. You may clip the blue thread at this point, if desired, leaving a tail long enough to weave in later. Do not crochet over blue thread. With red thread, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc. Draw up loop in next sc, twist white and red thread, complete sc on hook with white, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: With white thread, 1 sc in each of the 15 sc across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: 1 sc in each of next 14 sc across. Draw up loop in next sc and twist white and red thread. Finish sc on hook with red, ch 1, turn.
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Rows 7-8: Repeat Rows 5 and 6 using red instead of white, twisting and completing the final sc on Round 8 with white instead of red. You may clip the red thread at this point, if desired, leaving a tail which you may crochet over during the next Row, if desired, or weave in later. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 9-10: With white, repeat Row 5 twice. At end of Row 10, do not ch 1 and do not turn. Side facing you is right side of work from this point on.

Round 11: 1 sc in same sc as final sc of Round 10, ch 10, skip over side of flag, 1 sc in next corner, [ch 10, sk next 6 sc ,1 sc in next sc] 2 times, ch 10, 1 sk over side of flag, 1 sc in next corner, ch 10, sk next 6 sc, 1 sc in next sc], ch 5, 1 tr in starting sc to complete Round and form 6th ch 10 sp.

Round 12: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in top of tr directly below, [ch 3, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, sk next 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch] 5 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, sk next 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 13: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [1 dc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, 3 sc in each of next 2 ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp] 5 times; 1 dc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, 3 sc in each of next 2 ch 3 sp, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 14: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 7, [1 sc in same sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in same sp, [ch 3, sk next 3 st, 1 sc in next st] 4 times, [ch 3, sk next 2 st, 1 sc in next st] 2 times, ch 3, sk next 3 st, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, [ch 5, 1 sc in same sp] 2 times; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in all 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.

1 comment :

  1. Sure a great one for the day, or any day really. So much going on indeed, floods, wildfires and hurricanes. Hopefully all get a break soon.

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