23 April 2018

Snowflake Monday


Sometimes, I spend way too much time trying to shoot flowers or snowflakes in my garden. Or a combination of the two...

I recently saw a meme making fun of spring snow. It said, “Most people think it's April, but it's the 96th day of January.”

Well, we had the 111th day of January last weekend, and I spent way too much time in the garden trying to get pictures of snow on the flowers!






One of the things I needed to be doing was finishing organizing my bead/button/jewelry-making stash, which I eventually did. In the process, I found some flowers I crocheted about eight or nine years ago, when we first bought our house. They, and the snow in the garden, inspired today's pattern.


I love the versatility of this pattern. You can make just a flower...


… or a bigger flower...


… or a flower with leaves...


… or a snowflake, all just by changing the color of the last two Rounds.


Yes, an all-white snowflake is possible, too. I made one with three picot points instead of one on the final Round.


This pattern doesn't necessarily need to be stiffened...


… but you can achieve many different shapes if you do stiffen.




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: 3.25 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in two or three colors, 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

January 111th Snowflake Instructions

With light yellow or flower center color, make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [yo and draw up loop through magic ring, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (beginning cluster st made), ch 3, * [yo and draw up loop through magic ring; yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (cluster st made), ch 3; repeat from * around 4 times for a total of 6 cluster st and 6 ch 3 sp; sl st in top of starting cluster st. Bind off. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: With pink or petal color, * 1 sc in any ch 3 sp (or next ch 3 sp in repeats), ch 2, in same sp work 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 3, sl st in top of tr just made (petal tip picot made), 1 tr, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc. Bind off.
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Round 3: With white, leaf color or petal color, * 3 dc between any 2 sc (or next 2 sc in repeats), ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting dc.

Round 4: * Ch 2, yo and draw up loop in same dc as sl st, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, [yo and draw up loop through next dc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all 4 loops on hook (cluster st made), ch 2, sl st in 3rd dc of Round 3 3/dc group, ch 3, 1 dc in next picot, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), ch 2, 1 dc in same picot as previous dc, ch 3, sl st in 1st dc of next Round 3 3/dc 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

4 comments :

  1. Versatility is sure a win. haha that sure was felt true about the January remark. Winter never wanted to go away. Finally is, hopefully.

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    1. We got a touch more January this week, Pat. Maybe that will be the end of January until next year... :)

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  2. Ooh, these are lovely, and a perfect representation of what April has been like!

    Some of our snow this month was typical "spring" snow in terms of texture, but much of it was the fluffy, classic type. (I will not use the "w" word.) I got several snowflake shots this month but nothing worth posting. And none with lovely flowers in the background like yours!

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    1. Thank you, Sue! I'd love to see your snowflake pictures, even if you don't think they are worth posting. I would still be inspired!!!

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