18 August 2014

Snowflake Monday

Tower of Chains Snowflake

I had only a small bit of white thread left while making snowflakes for my special project during a recent road trip. I had no WiFi signal, and I'd finished making snowflake from all the printed patterns I had with me, so I designed a new, mostly chain snowflake in order to prevent running out of thread before I was finished.

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!

Tower of Chains Snowflake

Finished Size:4 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

Tower of Chains Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr in ring, * ch 11, 1 dc in 11th ch from hook, 3 tr in ring; repeat from * 5 times, omitting last 2 tr of final repeat; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.
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Round 2: 1 sc in same ch, * ch 4, 1 sc in top of next ch 10 loop, ch 10, 1 sc in same loop, ch 4, 1 sc in middle tr of next 3/tr group; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: 1 sc in same sc, * ch 5, 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, 1 sc in top of next ch 10 loop, ch 10, 1 sc in same ch 10 loop, ch 5, 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, 1 sc in next sc; 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. Nice new design indeed, and no wifi? Geez, that is just wrong lol

    1. Funny, Pat! No wifi. No cable. No anything. Just dial-up. Do have one computer tethered to the phone, but a bandwidth limit on that, so we only use it in a pinch. Maybe one day we'll get a little more modern. Until then, I guess it's a good thing I can come up with new designs on a whim. :)

  2. Snowflakes keep fallin' on my computer screen! Beautiful!

    1. You should have seen the pile fall off my counter the other day, Karen... I was picking up and straightening for what felt like hours!

  3. I love the beautiful simplicity of this one - isn't it amazing what you can do with chain stitches?

    P.S. Did I tell you I'd made a dishcloth from some of our Chicory yarn? It's the softest one I've ever had. That potassium bichromate (or do I mean potash or possibly something else?) sure did a good job softening up the yarn. :)

    1. Thank you, Sue!

      No, you had not told me about the chicory yarn! I'm so glad it's so soft. I'm using hair conditioner to soften my hand-dyed fibers these days. :)


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