11 February 2013

Snowflake Monday

I began the pink and purple version of this snowflake with the simple purpose of trying to use up the rest of my hand-dyed thread. While pinning it, I noticed it has heart shapes!

That wasn't the only accidental valentine for me this week. My favorite segment of my serialized book, "Heels Over Head," will appear this Thursday. Valentine's Day. I didn't plan it that way. This is just the way the posts fell.

So I'm dedicating today's snowflake to Louis and family. Read about them here. Then go and hug your loved ones. Often. .


FEBRUARY 2023 UPDATE: I reworked this snowflake so I could have a white one for my Snowcatcher Snowflake Directory during our fun little Valentine foray back into the mountains, just to see if we could. Traveling is very difficult for Lizard these days, but I'm finding he occasionally enjoys a challenge to return briefly to the life we once had. I'd hoped we could cross country ski, even if only for a few minutes, for the first time in probably five years. We didn't get to spend as much time on the Grand Mesa as I'd hoped, but I did get a few snowflake photos, and I used my unstiffened snowflake for the backdrop for one of the chocolate hearts Lizard gave me for Valentine's Day. What a sweet treat!!!

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: 5.5 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 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

Accidental Heartflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, [ch 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, 3 dc in ring] 5 times for a total of six 3/dc shells; ch 2, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 4 sp of round, ch 3, 1 tr over body of dc just made to form 6th ch 6 loop of round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
NOTE: For the white versions of this snowflake, I used the popcorn stitch instead of the three-double crochet shell.

Round 2: (Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in same loop, [ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made) (for my snowflake-covered rock, I worked (ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch) picots), in next ch 6 loop work (4 dc, ch 6, sl st in top of dc just made, 4 dc)] 5 times; ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), 4 dc in next ch 6 loop; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, ch 3, 1 tr in same ch to form 6th ch 6 loop of round.
NOTE: Binding off here sure makes a cute little snowflake!


Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 hdc in same loop, 1 sc in same loop, * ch 12, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 6 loop, 1 hdc in same loop, 1 dc in same loop, ch 2, 1 dc in same loop; 1 hdc in same loop, 1 sc in same loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last ch 2, dc, hdc and sc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form last ch 2 sp 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 4: 1 sc in same sp, * ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 6 sc in next ch 6 loop, ch 3, sl st in top of sc just made (picot made), 6 sc in same loop, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; 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.


  1. I did notice the tires.... :)

    A lovely snowflake (as always) and I'm looking forward to Thursday's segment. What a sweet dedication to a very special man.

    Have a good week!

    1. Thanks, Sue! I think that's how my tires would have to be shaped right now if I were to ride... I'd need something pretty darned sharp to pierce the ice!

      You have a great week, too!

  2. Oh this has to be the best set of wheels ever! Great heart shape!

    1. Thanks, Karen! Nothin' but hearts this week!

  3. cool shot, You created a heart of the wheels. :)

    The cactus is the same as yours, but for this shot it was a flower not coming out correctly. It was misshaped. But made a great macro. :)


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