23 February 2015

Snowflake Monday

Pineapple Express on the Bookcliffs, Grand Junction, Colorado

This winter's list of storm names features characters from Greek mythology, and some of them are quite entertaining. Others make great snowflake names, especially if we (Colorado) get snow from the storm. Frona, the new year's storm, dumped 8 inches on us right before New Year's Day and another 10 inches the following day. Highs were in the single digits. Now that's a storm!

Where the storm hit in California, it was referred to as The Pineapple Express!

I didn't like the name Frona, however. It is taken from the name Sofronia, which is related to the word "wise". I like Sofronia better using the same spelling from the name of a girl I knew in grade school. I wonder if Sophronia, Sophy for short, would like today's snowflake? I wonder if she knows her name means "wise"? I wonder if she likes pineapple?

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!

Snow-dyed Sophronia Snowflake

Finished Size: 6 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

Sophronia Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 6 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc, * ch 6, 2 dc in next sc, ch 6; repeat from * 5 times; ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 6 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 13 (counts as 1 sc and ch 12), 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, 4 sc over post of tr directly below, * ch 18, 1 sc in 8th ch from hook and in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 4 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 12, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook, ch 6, 4 sc in same ch 6 sp; repeat from * 4 times; ch 18, 1 sc in 8th ch from hook and in next ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 hdc in each of next 2 ch, ch 1, sk next ch, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 6 sp, sl st in 1st ch of starting ch 13.
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Round 4: * 8 sc in next ch 6 sp, 1 sc in next ch 5 tip, 1 hdc in same tip, 1 dc in same tip, 2 tr in same tip, ch 2, sl st in top of tr just made, 1 tr in same tip, 1 dc in same tip, 1 hdc in same tip, 1 sc in same tip, 8 sc in next ch 6 sp, ch 4, sk next 4 sc and next ch 3 sp, [2 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1] 2 times, 5 sc in next ch 7 tip, ch 3, 5 sc in same tip, [ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 2 sc in next ch 1 sp] 2 times, ch 4, sk next ch 3 sp and next 4 sc; repeat from * around 5 times, 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.

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.

Sophronia Snowflake


  1. gorgeous snowflake!! No new snow here just record breaking cold in Michigan. 20 below 0 without the windchill added in.

  2. That is a storm indeed, ugg to that. Hate all the snow. Using Greek god names is always fun.

    1. I don't mind the snow so much, Pat, especially when the mountains need it so much. And I LOVE to cross-country ski. But I'd prefer not to drive in it, whenever I can avoid it.

  3. Another nice flake! Hmmmm... that top picture looks familiar. I'm convinced the world is small. Although, grade school was many, many, moons ago; perhaps Sophy will cross paths with you someday.

    1. Wouldn't it be funny if she found herself here while looking for a snowflake pattern?!? :)

    2. That would just be so cool.

    3. I hope she leaves a comment if she ever does. I've met three people I knew in my childhood through this blog now, so it can happen!

  4. Ooh, ooh, ooh. That snow-dyed yarn is spectacular, especially against the snowy background! And the flake is simply stunning.

    (Sometimes I feel as though there aren't enough superlatives for commenting on your blog, Deb. There is always so much beauty to be found here.) :)

    1. Thanks, Sue! This has been an emotionally... well, you know. It's been one of those days, and you pulled my attitude right back up out of the gutter. Thank you!

    2. I agree with your superlative comment.

    3. Thank you, Di! Made me feel just as wonderful as Sue's comments!

  5. Another gorgeous snowflake!

  6. Thanks - this could be a duplicate thank you.... then not really! I'm making it now and enjoying the pattern. Thank you! (by the way Round 4 is missing a "*" ? )

    1. Thank you, Eagle Eye Patty! I will fix that right now...


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