07 April 2014

Snowflake Monday

Picturesque Sangres

Blizzardine Peak stood out back when I looked at mountain names to make a list for future snowflake pattern names. I had no clue where the mountain is, and I didn't even know how tall it might be. The name just sounded super cool.

Not much information exists when searching for Blizzardine Peak. The 11,310-foot peak sits right next to another (taller) unusual name: Blueberry Peak (elevation 12,005 feet). Also in the neighborhood is Snowslide Mountain B (which means there is more than one peak by that name in Colorado), standing 11,664 feet tall. All three are in Custer County, where my adopted daughter was born. All three tower above beautifully named Music Pass in the Sangre de Cristos.

I found one picture of Blizzardine and Snowslide here.

With names like Blizzardine and Snowslide, I think these peaks were named in winter. Trying to figure out how Blueberry fits in there causes some head-scratching!

A reminder that this Friday, April 11, is the final day for the Pineapple Sorbet Challenge!

Details are here. More information about this year's snowflake pattern booklet is here. The Flickr gallery where photos may be uploaded is here.

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!

Blizzardine Peak Snowflake

Finished Size: 4.5 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

Blizzardine Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), *1 dc in ring, ch 3; repeat from * 10 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch of next ch 3 sp, 1 sc in same sp, * ch 2, 1 hdc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), * 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 hdc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3.

Round 4: 1 sc in same ch as sl st, * ch 3, sk next ch 1 and ch 2 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 hdc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sk next ch 2 and ch 1 sp, 1 sc in next dc; 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.

Blizzardine Peak Snowflake Rock


  1. The first picture is so beautiful! I love all of your beautiful photos. I would also love to visit these beautiful places before I die.

    1. Thanks, Charlotte! I'm very blessed to live in such a beautiful place! I just wish weekends were a bit longer... :)

  2. Blizzardine peak does have a cool sounding name

    1. Thanks, Pat! I wish I could say I named that mountain!

  3. Blizzardine is the perfect name for your beautifully lacy flake. And yes, how did Blueberry get into that particular mix?

    What a breathtaking shot at the top of the post.

    1. Maybe one day you can come out here long enough that we can take you to that magical place, Sue!

  4. I love the lacy look of this flake! BTW, I tried to add a pineapple sorbet pic to your group and it doesn't show up. Do you have to approve it first?

    1. Thanks, Brenda!

      Yes, I did set the Flickr controls so people couldn't add photos we don't want to see... If I get tons of spam here, just imagine what might happen on the Flickr group if no one was keeping watch!!! :)

      Your Pineapple Sorbet snowflake is gorgeous! Thanks for entering!

  5. Hi,
    the size 8 hook do you mean the hook H 5.00 mm ?

    1. Hi, Barbara. The size 8 hook is steel, 1.65 mm I believe. Steel hooks typically are referred to by their number, and aluminum hooks are referred to by their letter. The size H hook is for chunky yarn; the size 8 hook is for thread.

  6. Beautiful snowflakes, amazing talent. Thanks for sharing. How do you color your snowflakes? Do you use fabric glue? Does it yellow with age? RULDS2?

    1. Sorry for spelling your name wrong. I'm iPhone-typing challenged...

  7. Thank you, Theresa, and yes, IMLDS2!

    I've used store-bought thread in different colors, I've bought hand-dyed thread, I've colored thread with permanent markers, I've snow-dyed thread with professional dyes, I've dyed thread with professional dyed with no snow, and I've natural-dyed thread. If you do a search at the top left of my blog for dyeing, you'll probably get more info than a stack of books because almost every dyeing experiment has been so exciting, I can't hold back! Lots and lots of posts on dyeing!

  8. In round 1 I think you mean to repeat 11 times :)

    1. Thanks for watching out for me, Pandoria. The first sequence counts as the first petal, so if you repeat the second sequence 11times, you’ll have 13 petals, which is okay if that’s what you want, but for the pattern to work right, you’ll need 12 petals.


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