02 October 2017

Snowflake Monday


We were on our way to the Grand Mesa when I decided to try to make a pink version of the Give You My Heart Snowflake, but I had no reception, and I couldn't remember most of the Rounds. Today's snowflake is the result.

The Grand Mesa, which sits beside Grand Junction, from where The Lizard hails, is the largest flat-top mountain in the world. I have a blast telling my co-workers that because most of them didn't know.






Crater Peak is the tallest point on the Mesa at 11,333 feet. I've not been there yet, but I've pedaled to the top three times as a super tough day of Ride the Rockies. The first time Lizard took me up the Grand Mesa, I could barely move because we didn't know at the time a bone chip had punctured my sciatic nerve. I didn't get out of the car much that trip, but I was amazed by the autumn beauty.






I've taken some of my best snowflake photos atop the Grand Mesa, one of my favorite cross country ski destinations.






I didn't get snowflake pictures during our recent fall color trip, but I did get totally soaked by the amazingly wet, heavy and cold snow!






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 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in three 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

Grand Mesa Snowflake Instructions

With white or center color, 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 12, 1 dtr in 8th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 tr in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 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 12, 1 dtr in 8th ch from hook, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 tr in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 dc in next ch; sl st in top of starting popcorn. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: [Working up spoke, 2 sc in each of next 2 ch 1 sp, in ch 5 tip work 2 sc, 2 hdc, 5 dc, 2 hdc and 2 sc, working back down spoke, 2 sc in each of next 2 ch 1 sp] 6 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.
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Round 3: With pastel pink or 2nd color, * 1 dc in center dc of any spoke tip (or in same dc in repeats), ch 1, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next hdc, 1 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 tr in top of next popcorn st, sk next 4 sc, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, sk next sc, 1 dc in next hdc, ch 1, sk next hdc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, 1 dc in same dc, ch 3; repeat from * around 6 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Round 4: With dark pink or 3rd color, 3 dc in any ch 3 tip (or same ch 3 tip in repeats), [1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp] 2 times, 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, [yo and draw up loop in next ch 1 sp, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (dc dec made), 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, [1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp] 2 times, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3; repeat from * around 6 times; sl st in starting dc; 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.

3 comments :

  1. Sure looks like quite the spot with lots to do and see. Provided the nerves stay well for all. Hate those suckers. Would dig them out if I didn't need them lol

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    1. It is such a relentless climb, Pat. Lizard said we should ride it again in the spring as a training ride. I think I'd like to try!

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  2. Oh I love your photos!!! The snow with the aspen leaves - I LOVE it!

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