06 February 2017

Snowflake Monday

NOTE: Formal fundraising on Snowcatcher has been paused. I haven't had time to create a new snowflake pattern booklet, and we don't know if or when we will be able to participate in organized charity rides again. If things favorably change, I will announce such in a new Snowflake Monday blog post. In the meantime, the previous eight booklets are still available, and I will do my best to respond to requests for them in a timely manner.

Welcome to the third annual Snowflake Day!

There is indeed another special snowflake project. I was hoping to enter it into the tenant art exhibit at the building where I work in downtown Denver, but a head cold kicked me to the curb most of the month of January. I missed the deadline. I attended the open house and reception kicking off the month-long exhibit last week, and I decided I should go ahead and try to enter the piece in another show.

As a result, I'm keeping this new project under wraps until it gets accepted into an exhibit, at which time you'll probably feel the earth move, because I'll be pretty darned excited!!!

Meanwhile, use your imagination; the snowflakes in this year's fundraising pattern booklet are featured in my latest work of art. And even though I didn't finish the work of art in time for one specific show, I do still have a reason to celebrate snowflakes today.

My new PDF pattern booklet to benefit the fight against Parkinson's Disease is here!

This new PDF booklet includes 20 of my past snowflake patterns modified to serve as photo frames. Because nothing's cuter than putting a grandchild in a snowflake, right? And you remember I have tons of grandchildren now, right?

Today's snowframe pattern is modified from a button snowflake I introduced a few weeks ago. Back then, Pop Goes the Button was a catchy name, but today's pattern has no button. How about Pop Goes the Booklet?

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

Finished Size: 5.5 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

Pop Goes the Booklet Snowframe Instructions

Foundation Round: [Ch 10, sl st in 5th ch from hook] 5 times; ch 5; taking care not to twist work, sl st in starting ch; ch 2, 1 dtr in same ch to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dtr directly below, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 3, sk next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, sk next 2 ch, 5 dc in next ch 5 loop, 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 ch 5 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last popcorn st and last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 5, in next ch 3 tip (between popcorns) work [ 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc]; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, in next ch 3 tip work [1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc], ch 2, 1 tr in 3rd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little 3-inch snowflake.
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 3: 1 sc around post of tr directly below, * ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, sk next ch 5 sp, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc and last ch 5 of final repeat; ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * ch 4, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 5 dc over Round 2 and Round 3 chains, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, ch 4, 3 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch 10, 3 dc in same ch 5 tip; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; 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 the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. Hopefully everything goes off without a hitch and you get accepted in. We'll keep our eye out for the earth moving haha

  2. Love this! Many years ago I made my parents a set of crochet lace frames for grandkid photo ornaments. I think this will be the perfect starter for a new set. (And if I start now, I might even finish by Christmas.)

    1. Thank you, Unknown! They do indeed make great gifts! Good luck on making the Christmas deadline!

  3. Those are some gorgeous flakes for a great cause! Good luck with the project. :)

    1. Thanks, Sue! I'm actually making headway on the project!

  4. Hi, Deborah,
    I've donated to Brett's fund raising page (plus I accidentally donated to Chuck Sullivan's fund-raising page -- thought he was your husband because that is the page that came up first for some reason. I would like to get a copy of Freeze Frames. How do I go about doing that since there is no way to tell how access a download for that after giving the donation.

    1. Thank you, Lynda! I hope you received your booklet. If not, please let me know, and I will find a different way to get it to you.

  5. I also wanted to let you know that my husband and I completed the MS Bike-a-thon (150 miles from Thompson Falls, MT to Spokane, WA in 1987 or 1988 in a 2-day ride), and I also did the Granny MS Push-a-thon Wheelchair Race a couple of years. Now I'm plagued with a couple of bad hips and can no longer participate in these activities. We had a friend at the time with MS and I have found out that one of my cousins has MS also,so I support the fund-raising efforts you and your husband are making. Thank you! Lynda (aka spellie5star)

    1. Lynda, that is so cool that you rode, too! That Push-a-thon sounds like a blast! And did you know my team did the Deception Pass Classic in Washington last year? It was the most awesome ride I've done to date, except for the Tour de Lavender, in Sequim, of course. :) We hope to be able to do both again one day, perhaps not in the same year, but we'd LOVE to ride in Washington again!


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