14 October 2013

Snowflake Monday

El Diente and Lone Cone from Mount Wilson
El Diente and a very distant Lone Cone from Mount Wilson

Lone Cone is a peak I've seen only from atop the distant Grand Mesa and Mount Garfield, but it is a peak The Lizard has longed to climb longer than he has known me. Lone Cone was considered the furthest edge of the Colorado Rocky Mountains during the last quarter of the 18th century.

The 12,613-foot peak is Colorado's most westerly high peak and is located right on the border of San Miguel and Dolores counties, about ten miles west/northwest of 14ers El Diente Peak, Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak. The Lizard snapped the above photo at the turn of this century, a few years before our paths crossed.

William Marshall of the 1875 Wheeler Survey said Lone Cone is "the most beautiful peak I have ever seen. It is entirely detached from the other mountains, and rises, a solitary, graceful peak, 3,000 feet above its base. It was named by me West Point. This is the last peak to the west."

Lone Cone is a remote peak that doesn't see many feet. I would imagine the snowflakes falling upon Lone Cone this month have a magic all their own.

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!

Lone Cone Snowflake

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

Lone Cone Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, * ch 6, 2 dc in ring; repeat from * 4 times; ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 6 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 14 (counts as 1 dc and ch 12, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook and in each of next 5 ch, 1 dc in same ch 6 sp, * ch 3,1 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 12, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook and in each of next 5 ch, 1 dc in same ch 6 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 14 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), * 1 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 7, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, 1 tr in same ch 6 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made); repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc and dc picot of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; 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.

Lone Cone from El Diente


  1. A peak without much feet, be a place to see but hard to get too sounds like indeed

  2. Wow, great story and great flake! I can see Lone Cone on every point, and I'd like to think that those ladders on each arm will someday lead Lizard's (and your) feet up to that summit. :)


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