23 January 2012

Snowflake Monday


Yet another member of my family hits the half-century mark today. Happy birthday, Bro!

You inspired a couple of new greeting cards! Funny such inspiration didn’t happen when I reached that milestone!

I'll wear whatever color I feel like!

Humor aside, this is not today’s snowflake. Instead, I have a special snowflake with a very fun variation and a completely different name next week. I named the snowflake after a favorite peak long before I finished writing and testing the pattern for the variation. Although there is a feminine name associated with Uncompahgre, the variation deserves a royal name all its own. Hope I’ve piqued your curiosity!

Uncompahgre Link-up

When I first designed this snowflake, I was very excited by how beautiful it looked when connecting multiple snowflakes in one project, and I absolutely love the lacy scarf I worked up with beaded fringe and in many different colors.

Mighty Uncompahgre

Uncompahgre Peak

Uncompahgre Peak

Uncompahgre Peak

Uncompahgre Peak

Uncompahgre Peak

Uncompahgre Peak, at 14,309 feet, is the sixth highest mountain in Colorado. The name is a Ute Indian word describing water, translated as “Dirty Water” or “Rocks that make Water Red.” A fritillary butterfly discovered on the mountain in 1978 was given the name of the mountain, and the species is considered endangered.

Uncompahgre Peak is the skyline’s dominating landmark above the basin where The Lizard proposed to me in 2005. Seven months fresh off emergency back surgery and knowing I would be Miz Liz within the next couple of weeks, I climbed to a saddle between Heisshorn and El Punto to take in what The Lizard claimed is the best view in all of Colorado. To this day, it remains my favorite hiking destination in Colorado.

Heisshorn/El Punto Saddle View

I didn't have a wide enough angle lens in 2005 to capture the entire view in one shot, Uncompahgre to the left and Matterhorn and Wetterhorn to the right.

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!

Uncompahgre Peak Snowflake

Finished Size: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 8 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffening agent, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Uncompahgre Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (does not count as dc), 18 dc in ring; sl st across starting ch 2 and into starting dc. Do not pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same dc, *sk 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 3, 2 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 dc in same dc as starting dc, [ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of staring ch 2] ([ ] counts as final ch 3 sp).
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Round 3: 1 sc over post of final dc of Round 2, *ch 8, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 8, sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: *1 sc in next 8 ch sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times. Do not sl st into starting st.

Round 5: *1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times. Do not sl st into starting st.

Round 6: *2 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, 1 tr in same sp, ch 2, sl st into top of tr, 1 tr in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, 2 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, bind off and 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.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of water soluble 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.

full moonset over Uncompahgre Peak


  1. What gorgeous images. I love your snowflakes!

  2. beautiful snowflake as usual!! I have hearts on my hook most days lately but the snowflakes keep whispering to me! "Make me, Make me" is what they are saying! I also have a doll dress and accessories to finish today for a great niece.

    And thank you for the tip on printfriendly.com! Awesome!

  3. Beautiful snowflake, as usual. :) I love the picture where the top of the mountain is hit by the light and the rest is in shadow.

  4. you have so many beautiful mountains in your area. If I should go to our mountains it would take me 24h by train.
    I like that scarf you made. It looks great.

  5. What a great idea, snowflake birthdaycard...lovely.

  6. That is a really lovely birthday card.
    I am impressed by your mountain photos. They are magnificent :)

  7. Another beautiful snowflake along with gorgeous photos.

  8. Wow, gorgeous photos of Uncompahgre Peak.

  9. Oh, how your photos make me long for the mountains.

    I love that this mountain can have such different looks depending on where you stand. (Does that make sense?)

    Another gorgeous snowflake and yes, my curiosity is peaked! And how nice to see flowers and green grass. All is white and grey in Wisconsin right now.

  10. What thread do you use? I love the blues :)

  11. Thank you everyone!

    Laurel, that is Valdani. I can't remember the colorway because it was a number, not a name. Luxurious thread, but a little pricey.

  12. So you know how much I love your blog, I have it bookmarked in my toolbar... right between Ravelry and Facebook.


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