20 November 2017

Snowflake Monday


Don Komarechka is another of my favorite snowflake photographers, and his First Snowfall snowflake inspired today's pattern.

We've had more than one snowfall so far this year in Colorado, including unexpectedly last weekend, but I've yet to capture any intricate snowflakes on camera because the temperature hasn't been cold enough yet for ornate flakes to form. Still waiting and wishing for some big, fat crochetable snowflakes to fall! Back to the drawing board, or more appropriately, back to the 30-degree sheet of picture frame glass I've been using to catch flakes to shoot...


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: 4.75 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, 1 optional pearl or bead, 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

First Snowfall Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (popcorn stitch made), * ch 12, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in each of next 3 ch, 1 dc in each of next 3 ch (spoke made), * 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * 5 times, omitting last popcorn st of final repeat; sl st between top of starting popcorn st and last dc of 1st spoke. Pull magic circle tight.
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NOTE: Look how cute a snowflake you get if you bind off here!


Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * working up bottom of next spoke, sk next 2 dc, 1 sc in bottom of each of next 3 st, ch 5, sk next 2 st, 1 sc in next st, ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, [ch 2, 1 dc in same ch] 3 times, ch 2, sl st in same ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sc in next spoke sc, 1 sc in ch 3 tip of spoke, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 1 dc in same ch, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch, ch 2, 1 dc in same ch, ch 2, sl st in same ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sc in same ch 3 spoke tip, working back down spoke 1 sc in next sc (1sc of spoke), ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, [ch 2, 1 dc in same ch] 3 times, 1 sc in next sc of spoke, ch 5, sk next 2 spoke st, 1 sc in each of next 3 spoke st, 1 dc between final dc of spoke and next popcorn, 1 dc between popcorn and next spoke dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.



without and with center bead


NOTE: I designed this snowflake to look like Don's snowflake, but when pinning, I decided the center spoke bumps looked better pinned as sharp points than as flat half hexagons, but feel free to pin as desired. I also glued a bead in the center of each snowflake because Don's snowflake has the appearance of a gemstone in the center.


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.

3 comments :

  1. Using a sheet of glass to catch that real nasty white stuff for inspiration sure is a great way to be indeed.

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    1. I've used a handmade glass dish and a blue glass vase, too, Pat. Any kind of transparent glass you can stick in the freezer for an hour or so will do nicely. I'm very partial to blue glass because I love blue snowflakes. :)

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  2. Wow, the two-tone ones really make the design pop! I especially love the tips on this one.

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