12 February 2018

Snowflake Monday


Today's pattern is a snowflake I originally designed back in March of 2014. It's one of 46 patterns waiting in the wings because I wanted to have extras for those times when I'm uninspired or have no time to design or can't crochet or just didn't like a pattern too much and wanted to rework it one day in the future.

I didn't have any Valentine inspiration this year, perhaps because I've been busy making hedgehugs (which I sent to all the grandkids along with chocolate kisses)...


… so I dug out the old patterns and was shocked to see I have four with hearts! I decided, with a few modifications, today's pattern could abandon the “not quite right” pile and join me in a celebration of all things February 14!

The original prototype (stiffened with Epsom salts)...


I asked the Sisters (and Brothers) of the Snowflake if I should name it Mount Lincoln because today is his birthday or Heart on My Sleeve because Valentine's Day is this week. Heart on My Sleeve won, so here you go!

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: 6 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two colors, 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

Heart on My Sleeve Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), * 3 dc in ring, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; 2 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 3. Don't pull magic ring too tight.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch 1 sp, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (picot made), ch 1, * 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, sl st in top of dc, ch 3, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5, ch 2, 1 tr in same ch to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 hdc over post of tr directly below, 1 sc in same sp, * ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (sc picot made), ch 2, in next ch 5 loop work 1 sc,1 hdc and 1 dc, ch 3, in same loop work 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc; repeat from * around 4 times, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, in next ch 5 loop work 1 sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 9, 1 dc in next ch 3 loop, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 9, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round.
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Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, * 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, sk 1 ch, [1 dc in next ch, ch 1] 2 times, 1 dc in next ch, sk 1 ch, ch 3, [1 dc in next ch, ch 1] 2 times, 1 dc in next ch, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next ch 5 tip, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch (3rd dc forms center of heart), ch 4, 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook and in next ch, 1 dc in top of center of heart dc, 1 dc in bottom of center of heart dc, sl st in top of 3rd dc in ch 5 tip (heart picot made), 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.

I've long wondered what a stiffened crochet snowflake would look like if I spray-painted it metallic silver. Now I know. It looks as if I crocheted it with gray thread. Oh, well, perhaps some glitter will give it some perk...

2 comments :

  1. The perfect time to use it showed indeed. And the cat has to agree with having some back in case life gets in the way, that's how we stay afloat.

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