17 October 2016

Snowflake Monday

It's nearly 9 p.m. Sunday night as I type this post. Life has been a total whirlwind ever since we returned from the MS-150 in Washington, and it's finally catching up with me. I still have 44 unpublished snowflake patterns I just need to test, and I have 10 snowflakes on my computer desk waiting for patterns to be written. So I won't be running out any time soon, but trying to get to them right now is like scheduling my upcoming mammogram. Not my favorite thing to do, even though it's gotta be done!

Today's snowflake was something I worked up for a rock for my garden during the long drive home from the Pacific Northwest. I actually created a much bigger snowflake, but this is all I've had a chance to write down so far. My sweet husband helped me name the mini pattern.

Just wait until you see what I did with this cute little pattern when I had more time! Give me a week or two, and the fully fed version will appear here, too.

En route to Washington this year, we went into Yellowstone National Park via the Cody entrance, the first time ever for both of us. Sylvan Pass, at 8,524 feet, drops visitors right into the Park. I initially giggled at it being a mountain pass because I'm at about 6,000 feet in elevation at home. But the name has a beautiful shimmer to it, and how the Pass was formed fits right into my eternal flakey quest.

Sylvan Pass was named for nearby Sylvan Lake, which was formed by frost action breaking rocks. The word sylvan derives from the Latin word silva, meaning forest or woods.

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: 3.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 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

Sylvan Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 18 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. 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), 4 dc same sc as sl st, remove hook from loop and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert hook back through loop of 4th dc and pull through ch loop (starting popcorn stitch made), * sk next 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in top loop of 1st dc of this 5/dc group, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through top loop of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made), ch 3, popcorn st in same sc; repeat from * around 4 times; popcorn st in same sc as starting popcorn; ch 1, 1 dc in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, * 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 8, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), ch 2, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 7, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 8, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. Over abundance of things is better than nothing at all. Can relax and have snowflake patterns ready for the next year almost haha be like the cat with that.

  2. You must be a very patient person. :)

    1. Ha! Adopting special needs kids can do that, Blue! Doesn't help to be anxious and fidgety; the impatient types feed off that. :)


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