09 March 2015

Snowflake Monday

Jackhammer Snowflake

The sidewalk around the building where I work was being replaced, along with train ramps throughout the concrete jungle. As a result, any train wait was orchestrated by the grating sound of jackhammers.

This snowflake was an attempt to calm my overstimulated eardrums after a particularly stressful workday.

Jackhammer Snowflake pinned

This snowflake made the cut and now is permanently incorporated into my special project. I finished the applique portion of the project on February 15, and I finished basting the quilt (guess the secret is out now...) on February 7. Now the quilting can begin!!! I'm about a month behind on my own personal deadline, but I'm making progress!

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!

Jackhammer Snowflake appliqued and basted

Finished Size: 2 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

Jackhammer Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc); 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same ch as sl st, * ch 2, 1 sc in next dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next dc; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 2, 1 dc in same ch as starting dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: 1 sc in same ch as sl st, * ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, 1 tr in same st as sl st (or as last sc in repeats), ch 3, sl st in top of tr (picot made), ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, 1 sc in same st in main body of flake, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 1 sc in middle dc of next petal; 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.

Sparkly Jackhammer Snowflake


  1. Turned out great, hopefully your eardrums were able to survive through the whole ordeal lol

    1. Thanks, Pat! Yuppers, ears survived to listen to tunes another day!

  2. Thank you for all of your snowflakes. Every Christmas my is decorated with snowflakes only and there is always room for more.

    1. Thank you, LibrayStitcher! I would love to see a picture of your decorated tree!

  3. It's going to be a good one!

    1. Thanks, Lizard! I think this one will look good on a rock in the garden, too...

  4. Just completed this one! Great pattern thank you so much!

    1. Thanks, Patty! I just realized I haven't put this one on a rock for the garden yet. Work to do...

  5. A very worthy addition to the Special quilt.

    Is there ever NOT construction going on around your work building?!?

    1. Thanks, Sue! They just finished another yesterday, so for the last three years, construction has been almost non-stop!


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