26 March 2018

Snowflake Monday


Today's snowflake pattern is the second of three inspired by this lovely 12-pointer (that isn't truly 12 points) captured by master snowflake photographer Don Komarechka. I loved designing this flake! The challenge of creating a true snowflake from a triangle... six (or 12) sides from three... is one of my great thrills in life.

I'm naming this one for Lightning Pyramid because it's the next tallest of the non-14er Pyramids after Thunder Pyramid at 13,722 feet and next to Thunder Pyramid on the ridge of the most famous of Colorado's Pyramids, 14er Pyramid Peak. Plus, Thunder and Lightning go together so well, don't they?

Here's one of my shots of sunrise on Pyramid Peak. Thunder Pyramid and Lightning Pyramid on on the backside of this difficult peak.


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, 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

Lightning 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.
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Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, * in next ch 5 sp work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc (V-st made), ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc (V-st made)); repeat from * around 4 times; in next ch 5 sp work 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc (V-st made), ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
NOTE: Working a 10-ch point instead of a 3-ch point and binding off here makes a cute little flake.


Round 4: Ch 4 (counts as 1 dc and ch 2), * 1 dc in gap between next 2 V-st, ch 15, 1 sc in 6th ch from hook and in next ch, ch 6, sk next 6 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in same gap as previous dc, ch 2, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 20, 1 sc in 11th ch from hook, [ch 2, sk next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch] 2 times, 1 dc in same ch 3 tip, ch 2; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc and last ch 2 of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 4.
NOTE: What a cute little flake it makes if you bind off here and pin creatively!!!


Round 5: Sl st into next ch 2 sp, * ch 10, 6 sc in next ch 5 tip, ch 10, sl st in next ch 2 joint between spokes, ch 6, sk next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 6, in next ch 10 loop work (3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc), ch 6, sk next ch 2 sp, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 6, sl st in next ch 2 joint between spokes; 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. Thunder and lightning work together indeed. Sure haven't peaked at your sea.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! I hope I never run out of ideas or inspiration...

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  2. I love the way you translated this into thread! What an awesome inspiration photo.

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    1. Thank you! Isn't that photo remarkable, Sue? And the story behind it!!!

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