02 April 2018

Snowflake Monday


Today's snowflake pattern is my third inspired by this lovely (faux) 12-pointer captured by master snowflake photographer Don Komarechka. Isn't it funny how the finished snowflake doesn't really bear any resemblance to my snowflake inspiration???

Today's pattern is named after 13,278-foot Fools Pyramid on Weminuche Pass because... well, I'm sure you're no Fool. You can figure it out. I don't think I've ever traversed Weminuche Pass, so I'm not sure I've seen Fools Pyramid, but I'd like to one day. I love hiking in the remote, rugged and wild Weminuche and am anxious to return there again one day.

The Weminuche Wilderness, at nearly 500,000 acres, is the largest wilderness area in Colorado. No roads, no Starbucks, no internet. Just plain wild, rugged and free.

My favorite trip to the Weminuche (so far) was a three-day backpacking trip into the Vallecito drainage via Beartown and Hunchback Pass.










The only connection today's pattern has to my initial inspiration is the triangle beginning. As I was creating the snowflake, I kept thinking about how if I don't follow the map (or the photograph, in today's pattern's journey), I might wind up somewhere totally different than the stated goal. Although I love hiking, I wouldn't want to get lost in the Weminuche, and I wonder if that's how Fools Pyramid got its name.

Nevertheless, I don't mind getting lost in a snowflake pattern. I absolutely love the challenge of creating a six-pointed snowflake from a triangle, especially when the finished snowflake surprises me by looking totally different than I intended when I started! And yes, in answer to the question I posed a couple of weeks ago, Don's 12-point flake that isn't really 12 points has indeed inspired a handful more of snowflake patterns!

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: 6.5 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

Fools 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 3 (counts as 1 tr), over post of tr directly below work (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc), * ch 5, in next ch 5 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 5, in next ch 5 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 point.

Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, [ch 3, 1 dc in same sp] 3 times; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 5: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and * ch 3), sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 10, 1 tr in 6th ch from hook, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in same ch 3 sp (rounded picot made), ch 3, sk next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 10, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 dc in same ch 3 tip (tall spoke made); repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 4 to complete tall spoke.

Round 6: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), * sk next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in next ch 1 sp (at base of rounded picot), 1 dc in ch 5 tip of rounded picot, ch 3, in same rounded picot tip work (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), sk next ch 3 sp, 1 tr in next ch 1 sp (at base of rounded picot), 1 tr in gap at base of next tall spoke, ch 8, 1 sc in tip of tall spoke, ch 8, 1 sc in same tall spoke tip, ch 8, 1 tr in gap at base of same tall spoke; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4; 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.

6 comments :

  1. Fun how inspiration can take form and bring something all one's own. Do they call it Fool's Pyramid because only fools are foolish enough to go there? lol That much wilderness, no thanks. Bears and Hillbillies are scary lol

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    1. Not sure how it got the name, Pat, but it sure gave me excellent fodder for April 1! And wilderness... best place to be. Hands down. :)

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  2. Gosh that area looks beautiful!! we started our hiking again, and of course ran in to TONS of snow - but its so good to get out!

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    1. So glad you got to get back into hiking, Alycia! Even snow is worth getting out there, especially when you have a camera! (Which I know you do!!!)

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  3. What a lovely area and great inspiration for the snowflake!
    All those bears must have made the backpack heavy. ;)

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    1. Ha ha ha, Sue! I carried them in a brown paper bag with handles! No regrets!

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