26 January 2015

Snowflake Monday

Dusty Snowflake

This unfinished snowflake sat on my desk since January 29, 2012, patiently waiting for someone to love it enough to bring it to life. Not only did it collect dust during its half-life; the original was gray.

You may do whatever you'd like with snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Finished Size: 4 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, glue, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

Dusty Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (starting dc cluster made), * ch 10; [yo and draw up loop through ring, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 4 times, yo and draw through all 5 loops on hook (dc cluster made); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, 1 trtr in starting cluster to form 6th ch 10 loop of Round. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat.

Round 2: 3 sc over post of trtr directly below, * ch 8, 5 sc in next ch 10 loop; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 8, 2 sc in next ch 10 sp, sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and ch 2), * 3 dc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in middle (3rd) sc of next 5/sc group, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp (V-stitch made), ch 2; repeat from * around 4 times; 3 dc in next ch 8 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in same sc as sl st ending Round 2, ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th V-stitch of Round.

Round 4: Ch 6 (counts as 1 tr and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc top of next V-stitch, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr, last ch 3 and last dc of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 6; 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.

Mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I try to help crocheters having difficulty with my patterns when possible, but I do not have (and do not want) 24-hour internet access.

If you need immediate assistance, please consider asking for assistance on Ravelry (either the Snowflake group or the Techniques group), Crochetville or Sisters of the Snowflake. All three are totally free and wonderful resources loaded with friendly, experienced and helpful crafters. Thank you for being patient and considerate.


  1. Geez, let the dust collect one it. Nasty skin cells and bug poop. lol glad it got that off of it

    1. I beg your pardon, Pat!!! I do NOT let nasty stuff gather on my snowflakes, even the ones that aren't as loved! I dust them off once in a while! ;)

  2. The flake may be a bit of a wallflower, but I bet it finds some happy homes.

    1. I hope so, too, Lizard. It may do well because it's not as complicated as I was originally trying to make it. Sometimes simplification can be a good thing...

  3. Not so dusty ... but very very pretty. I like the flowerlike center and the lacy outside.

    1. Thanks, Sue! I do try to keep the snowflakes from getting dusty. That would mess them up. And make me sneeze!

  4. You are an amazing talent. Thank you so much for sharing.
    God Bless!

  5. I use sugar water to stiffen, as I have found glue yellows over time.


Dusty words lying under carpets,
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locked inside, hidden deep from view?
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