13 November 2017

Snowflake Monday

Alex Kljatov, one of my favorite snowflake photographers, featured this gorgeous snowflake last month, and I knew I had to crochet it the instant I first saw it. Don't you just love the colors inside the snowflake?

I had fun trying to recreate this snowflake, matching Alex's photo, with my hand-dyed threads. I think this one would be pretty with beads, too!

Even though I called Estes Park home for eight years, I've never been to or photographed Isolation Peak, a 13,118-foot mountain in the Wild Basin of Rocky Mountain National Park. I've actually been in Wild Basin only a couple of times, so I guess I should set a goal to make a more thorough exploration of the area.

Trail highlights include places that would make not only great snowflake names but perhaps wonderful photos, too: Calypso Cascades, Ouzel Falls and Bluebird Lake.

Most definitely going to have to visit Bluebird Lake and then make a Bluebird Snowflake on a bluebird day!

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: 4.5 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

Isolation Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: *1 sc in ring, ch 6; repeat from * 4 times; 1 sc in ring, ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th petal of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * ch 3, 3 dc in next petal; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: Sl st into next dc, ch 3 (not a typo, counts as 1 dc), * ch 1, 3 dc in middle dc of next 3/dc group, ch 3, 3 dc in same dc; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 1, 3 dc in same dc as starting dc, ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 tip.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * 1 dc in each of next 7 st, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last 3 dc and last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 5: Ch 12 (counts as 1 dc and ch 10), * 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 10; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 12.

Round 6: Sk next dc, 1 sc in each of next 10 ch, sl st into next ch 5 tip, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, 1 dtr in same sp, ch 5, 1 tr in same sp, ch 5, sl st in same sp; 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.


  1. Such a beautiful work, and to think the idea was from the photograph -which is equally amazing to look at. Well done and warm greetings!

  2. Great when you find inspiration and just itch to do it. Sure sounds like a blue day will be had at some point at your pad.

    1. Thank you, Pat! I'll need to drag along some hand dyed blue thread, too, huh? :)

  3. I swear I thought he had put a crochet snowflake in the background somehow behind the real one! That is amazing. You captured it perfectly.

    Love the bluebird too. A bluebird flake on a bluebird day will be adorable. :)

    1. Thank you, Sue! His snowflakes are so awesome! He just released another one I need to duplicate!


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