07 April 2014

Snowflake Monday

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

Not much information existed when I searched for Blizzardine Peak back in 2014, when I designed this snowflake. The 11,310-foot peak sits right next to another (taller) mountain with another unusual name: Blueberry Peak (elevation 12,005 feet). (Now, nearly ten years later, as I update this pattern, better maps are available, there are more trip reports and photos online, and by golly, there’s another fruity summit right next door to Blizzardine… Huckleberry!!! I wonder if I can use that peak to weave some Mark Twain into future snowflakes and/or snowflake names?)

Blizzardine Snowflake variations in a berry-hued digital quilt

Also in the neighborhood is Snowslide Mountain, standing 11,664 feet tall. All these peaks are in Custer County, where my adopted daughter was born. All tower above beautifully named Music Pass in the Sangre de Cristos.

Back in 2014, I found one picture of Blizzardine and Snowslide here. Now (in 2023), there are a host of photos, including my snowflake by the same name!

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!

an all-white Blizzardine Snowflake on a blueberry-hued background

In 2023, while making a white version of this snowflake, I played around with the center because the pattern seemed as if it might accommodate another round or two on the inside. I love how this idea rendered snowflakes so much different than the original.

Mini Blizzardine Snowflake with one extra center round

I have written a time or two over the years about how some patterns will adapt easily to additional center rounds, but this pattern is the perfect study in compression and stretching out. Sort of an Easter egg addition to this pattern on Good Friday of 2023! Just add your favorite center prior to the first round, work the rounds below as instructed, and voila! A whole new flake!

Mini Blizzardine Snowflake with two extra center rounds

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: 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.

NOTE: For my first Easter egg pattern variation, I worked [pc into ring, ch 3] 6 times for 1st Round and then followed with Round 1 below as Round 2, working [dc, ch 5, dc, ch 3] 6 times into ch 3 tips instead of into magic ring. For second variation, I worked a second round of popcorn stitches, [pc, ch 3, pc, ch 3] 12 times, then followed with Round 1 below as Round 3, working [sc, ch 5, dc, ch 3] 6 times into ch 3 spaces instead of into magic ring. The sc and ch 5 on the second variation are not necessary, but I love how it looks in the final variation. No other adjustments were necessary.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), [1 dc in ring, ch 3] 11 times, omitting last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 12th ch 3 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), ch 3, 1 hdc over post of dc directly below, ch 2, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, in next ch 3 sp work (1 hdc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 hdc), ch 2] 5 times; 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2, in next ch 3 sp work (1 hdc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2), 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.
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NOTE: Binding off here makes such an adorable little flake!

Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 hdc over post of tr directly below, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, [1 dc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, in next ch 5 tip work (1 hdc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 hdc), ch 2, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp] 5 times; 1 dc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 2, in next ch 5 tip work (1 hdc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2), 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.

Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 hdc over post of tr directly below, [ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, sk next sc, 1 sc in next dc, ch 3, sk next sc, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, in next ch 5 tip work (1 hdc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, *1 dc, ch 3, 1 hdc) 6 times, ending * on 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.


  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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