05 February 2018

Snowflake Monday


Tomorrow is Make a Snowflake Day or Snowflake Day, and we're celebrating with a bonus snowflake pattern both today and tomorrow.

Today I'm focusing on some of the wonderful things readers have done with their snowflakes. I hope you will be as impressed as I was when they told me about these awesome creations!

See if you can recognize which patterns were used...


First up is this giant Doorflake made by Crafty Mew. Just look at the size of this grown baby! Tegan crocheted two strands of worsted weight yarn with a size K hook and lots and lots of glue for stiffening. I still can't believe it holds its shape! Wonderful job!






Sarah was inspired by my Ice Mountain Snowflake Rug to turn other patterns into useful items by using yarn and a larger hook, with minor modifications. She used two strands of worsted yarn and a size N hook (and a size J hook with a single strand of worsted yarn) to create some really beautiful and handy trivets. She says they make wonderful gifts.


Catherine fashioned multiple snowflakes into this unique wreath. Doesn't this just set your imagination on fire? Perhaps we should have a snowflake wreath design contest later this year???


Jennifer is crocheting snowflakes in size 80 and 100 thread. WOW! If you don't know how small these snowflakes are, try looking for detail on a real snowflake, and that might give you a bit of perspective. Way to go, Jennifer!!!






Diane, co-moderator of Sisters (and Brothers) of the Snowflake, was inspired by a pattern with an eight-point snowflake worked into a ball, in which she inserted a light. She wanted to try making a ball of six-pointed snowflakes and came up with these visual beauties.


Ginger is not exclusively using snowflakes, but she's making a wedding dress for her future daughter-in-law. I can't wait to see it finished! What about you?


Some magnificent things are happening in the world of snowflake crochet! First, Lucia did a video tutorial for my most popular snowflake, The Century Snowflake. What's really special about this video is that English is not her native language, so she worked extra hard to make these instructions available to the largest group of crocheters possible. Thank you, Lucia!


13 is my lucky number

Annabelle Tracy at Crochet Treasures is working her way through a 100-snowflake challenge, and she's doing a video tutorial for each snowflake! She's also got a Facebook group, in case you'd like to tag along for the ride and share your own snowflakes as you finish them.

I am so amazed by anyone who can do a video tutorial, but to do 100 of them?!? Excuse me while I put my eyeballs back inside my head! Ha ha! Thank you, Belle!


For just a tad more inspiration, here are some of the unusual things I've done with snowflakes, including my previous Snowflake Day projects. I still have one in the wings from last year, but I haven't looked for a gallery yet in which to exhibit (too busy/distracted), so I may just wait until next year's biannual tenant art show at the building where I work.


































You didn't think I'd leave you here without a new snowflake pattern, did you? I took the theme of unusual ways to use snowflakes and answered the challenge of a friend who suggested, “You should make a hedgehog.”

I'd like you to meet my newest little friend. This is Hedgie. Hedgie, please say hi!


I was working on Hedgie in the examination room while awaiting my turn for my annual physical. The doctor, upon entering the room, asked what I was making. When I answered, she gawked, “Why a hedgehog?!?”

Perhaps I should adopt mountain climber George Mallory's “Because it's there” philosophy... “Because I can.”


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


Finished Size: 2.25 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, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, optional clear thread or fishing line if snowflake is to be hung, and beads, sequins, rhinestones, googly eyes, pompoms, embroidery thread or permanent marker for eyes, if desired


Hedgie Flake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch as sl st, * sk next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, 2 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 4 times; sk next dc, 2 dc in same ch as starting dc, ch 1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 2 tip of Round.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of hdc directly below, * 2 dc in next gap between ;2/dc groups, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp repeat from * around 4 times; 2 dc in next gap between 2/dc groups, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.


Round 4: * 1 sc in next st, ch 3, sl st in sc; repeat from * around 27, 35 or 43 times; bind off. Weave in ends.


Round 4, snowflake (with popcorn center): [1 sc in next st, ch 3, sl st in top of sc] 5 times, * 1 sc in next ch 2 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch (ch 5 branch made), ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch (ch 4 branch made), ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch (ch 3 branch made), ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in top of dc, [1 dc in same ch, ch 3, sl st in top of dc] 2 times, ch 4, sl st in same ch, working back down spoke sl st in next ch, ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sl st in ch between ch 3 branch and ch 4 branch, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in ch between ch 4 branch and ch 5 branch, ch 6, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 4 ch, sl st in ch between ch 5 branch and ch 2 tip dc, 1 dc in same ch 2 tip, ch 3, 1 sc in same ch 2 tip, [1 sc in next st, ch 3, st st in top of sc] 6 times; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 5 sc/picots of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: My Hedgie Snowflake does not necessarily need to be stiffened. Stiffening instructions are included for those who may want shape and stiffen their creations.

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. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap.

Glue on or sew on beads, sequins, rhinestones, pompom, googly eyes, felt or crocheted eyes. Allow to dry thoroughly if gluing.


If Hedgie Flake is to be given to a small child, please consider embroidering or marking eyes directly on crochet with permanent marker. Beads, sequins and googly eyes sometimes cause choking in small children.

Attach 10-inch clear thread to one top of head, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch Hedgie Flake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Hedgehog Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

6 comments :

  1. haha because you can is the way. The eyes make it look like it is staring back at you indeed. Many sure have got creative with theirs, wow.

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    1. Yes, indeed, Pat! It’s been very exciting to see what others do with their flakes!

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  2. What fun - all those snowflakes are so different! Your first photo is amazing!!

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    1. If you’re ever in the Denver area, Alycia, we’ll have to connect so you can see the lamp in person!

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  3. I love the lizard one! So many of these photos are old friends and it's wonderful to see them all again. What a feast of snowy delights!

    Tallulah says hi to her brothers and sisters.... :)

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    1. I think Tallulah needs a family reunion, Sue...

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