15 January 2018

Snowflake Monday


During one train commute last month, I wanted to try my New Year Snowflake with different shades of my hand-dyed thread. The pattern had not yet been published, and I couldn't remember the instructions pas the first Round, so I decided to play.

On New Year's Day, I got to deliver, in person, all 15 quilts I'd slaved over throughout 2017. Those kids were so thrilled, as if it was their first Christmas ever. They asked if they can call me Grandma Deb.

So now I have 16 "grandkids" with which I get to interact! There are seven more out there, and they are my planned quilt recipients this year. I hope this Grandma Deb thing is contagious!

I think the multicolor version of today's pattern (with my hand-dyed thread!) has a little bit of a granny square flair, don't you agree?

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: 4.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, 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

Grannyflake 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 (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 3, 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 * 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn st to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, ch 1 (spoke made), 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * sk next 4 dc, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, 1 dc in tip of spoke, [ch 3, 1 dc in same tip] 3 times, ch 3, 1 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.
NOTE: Binding off here makes another great little mini snowflake. You can even do something fancy on the spoke tips to make it more unique!


Round 4: Sl st into next sp before next dc, work starting popcorn st in same sp, * ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp (V-stitch made), 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 7, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, V-st in next ch 3 sp, sk next ch 3 sp, work popcorn st into next gap between dc stitches; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last popcorn st of final repeat; sl st into top of starting popcorn st; 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.

2 comments :

  1. That is sure a lot of grandkids. Nothing wrong with a lovey dovey grannyflake.

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  2. With those tips I want to call it "Crystal Granny". Really cool what happens when you change the color in the center! :)

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