19 March 2018

Snowflake Monday


Today's snowflake pattern is the first of three inspired by this lovely 12-pointer (that isn't truly 12 points) captured by master snowflake photographer Don Komarechka. This was such a fun snowflake pattern with which to play! I just love the challenge of creating a true snowflake from a triangle... six (or 12) sides from three. I may yet come up with a few more ideas if I stare at the above photo for any amount of time!

Pyramid Peak Snowflake was one of my early snowflakes, but fortunately, Colorado is blessed with many Pyramids suitable for snowflake names, including seven peaks above 12,000 feet! (One of which is simply perfect as the name for next month's first snowflake pattern!!!) Think perhaps Don's snowflake might inspire at least four more snowflakes???

I've selected Thunder Pyramid for today's pattern because it's the coolest name, the tallest of the non-14er Pyramids and right next door to big daddy 14,026 Pyramid Peak, the most famous of Colorado's Pyramids.


Lizard's photo of Pyramid Peak and the ridge connecting to Thunder Pyramid and Lightning Pyramid
Could you imagine climbing this beast?!?

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: 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

Thunder Pyramid Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (beginning popcorn stitch made), [ch 5, 5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made)] 2 times; ch 2, 1 tr in top of starting popcorn st to form 3rd ch 5 sp of Round. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Beginning popcorn stitch over post of tr directly below, [ch 5, popcorn st in next ch 5 sp, ch 5, popcorn st in same ch 5 sp] 2 times; ch 5, popcorn st in starting ch 5 sp, ch 2, 1 tr in top of starting popcorn to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, [in next ch 5 sp work 3 dc, ch 10, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 10, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 1] 5 times; 3 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 10, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 1, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 4: * 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, in next ch 4 tip work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc), ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 2 sp, sk next dc; repeat from * around 11 times; sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: * Ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, ch 2, in next ch 3 sp work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), ch 2, 1 sc in next dc, ch 5, sl st in middle sc of next 3/sc group, ch 5, 1 sc in next dc, in next ch 3 sp work (3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc) 1 dc in next sc, ch 5, sl st in middle sc of next 3 sc group; repeat from * around 5 times; 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.

4 comments :

  1. Sure no lack of inspiration around you, as you keep on a keeping on at your zoo.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! Don is posting a snowflake a day now, I think, so plenty of inspiration to come!

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  2. Working my way backwards through the posts - another very cool interpretation of that amazing inspiration photo!

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    1. Thanks, Sue! I've still got two more ideas for this one! I hope Don never stops shooting snowflakes! (And I hope one day my photos will be as good!)

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