14 May 2018

Snowflake Monday


Today's snowflake is yet another pattern built upon a triangle, and it's small, so I decided it could share the name with my Dwarf Pyramid Snowflake.

The original Dwarf Pyramid Snowflake was designed to top the mini cakes I shared last Monday. Today's snowflake was spur-of-the-moment inspiration when I opened my newest package of Lizbeth thread. I'd ordered four balls of the new metallic thread the day I learned they were available, and even though the blues are more green than blue to me, I still couldn't wait to sink my crochet hook into that luscious thread!

I crocheted a snowflake within minutes of opening the package!


I enjoyed working with this new thread. It has a slight elasticity the Coats & Clark and Aunt Lydia metallics were missing. (I believe they've all been discontinued now.) I've never had the opportunity to try the Nazli Egyptian metallic, and my preferred method of adding metallic sparkle (other than beads) to my snowflakes was adding a strand of metallic sewing thread, which has more of a Saran Wrap texture than a metallic texture.

The new Lizbeth metallic thread holds its shape nicely and may not need to be stiffened. I stiffened one snowflake to see how it would look and feel, worried the stiffening might dull the pretty sparkle. You may judge for yourself if you think the flake looks better with or without.


unstiffened


stiffened

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: 2 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

Dwarf Pyramid II 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. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, ch 3, [[in next ch 5 sp work [1 dc, ch 3] 3 times, ch 3]] 2 times; 1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 3: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 4: * In next ch 3 sp work 1 sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc, in next ch 3 sp work 3 dc, ch 3 and 3 dc, in next ch 3 sp work 1 dc, 1 hdc and 1 sc; repeat from * around 5 times; sl st in starting sc; 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.

3 comments :

  1. I find the stiffened catches the eye faster at our sea.

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    1. Thanks, Pat. I didn't see too much difference, so it's nice to have a second opinion.

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  2. That is some pretty thread! Handy Hands does beat Aunt Lydia and C&C on quality.
    To me, the unstiffened looks a bit more sparkly, but it could be a lighting thing. Either way, another great flake!

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