09 July 2018

Snowflake Monday

Real #snowflake #macro photo.

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With a Moda Blockheads quilt block named Impact, my snowflake needs to have some real pizazz, right? So, time to turn to snowflake photographer extraordinaire Alex Kljatov once again...

I knew the instant I saw this snowflake I had to crochet it. When I got done with the prototype, unstiffened didn't look so good. Check out the progress photos in the pattern below to see what I mean. I wasn't sure about this pattern.

Once I got it pinned, however, boy, did it ever jump out at me! Pure Impact! I love it!

This week's Blockhead pattern, at 24 inches, has plenty of room for snowflake crochet. Initially, I wanted to make a snowflake for each of the five 8.5-inch squares (!!!) in the pattern, but elbow pain, lack of time, absence of appropriate scraps big enough to make all five 8.5-inch segments as shown in the original pattern and some of the inspirational interpretations by other Blockheads convinced me one snowflake will suffice for now.










And here's my unfinished block...


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: 7 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

Impact Snowflake Instructions

Round 1: [Ch 4, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made)] 6 times; taking care not to twist work, 1 sc in starting ch to form ring.


Round 2: Turning dc bumps to inside of ring, right side facing down, * 5 dc in 2nd ch of next dc picot, 1 sc in next ch; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: Ch 13 ( counts as 1 tr and * ch 10), sl st in 11th ch from hook (or in top of tr on repeats), 1 tr in same sc, sk next 2 dc, 1 dc in next (middle) dc, ch 7, 1 dc in same dc, sk next 2 dc, 1 tr in next sc; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 13.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little snowflake.


Round 4: Sl st around ch 3 that counts as tr (counts as bottom of back post tr or bptr), ch 3 (counts as top of bptr), * 1 tr in ch 10 loop, ch 3, 1 tr in same loop, ch 10, sl st in top of tr, 1 tr in same loop, ch 3, 1 sc in same loop, 1 bptr around Round 3 tr, ch 9, 1 bptr around next Round 3 tr; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 that counts as bptr.




Round 5: Sl st around Round 4 ch 10 loop (counts as bottom of bptr), ch 3 (counts as top of bptr), * 1 bptr around Round 4 tr, in next ch 10 loop work (2 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc), 1 bptr around next Round 4 tr, 1 bptr around Round 4 ch 10 loop, sk next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 3, sk next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 2, sk next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 bptr around next Round 4 ch 10 loop; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last bptr of final repeat, sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 that counts as bptr.




NOTE: Binding off here makes a wonderful 5-inch snowflake.


Round 6: * 1 sc in next bptr, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 st, 3 dc in next hdc, ch 2, sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 2, sk next sc, 3 dc in next hdc, 1 dc in each of next 2 st, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next bptr, 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 5, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in next ch (long dc picot made), 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, sl st in 5th ch from hook, turn, 5 sc in ch 5 loop just made, sl st in loop, ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next loop sc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sc, 1 sc in next loop sc, 3 dc in next loop sc, ch 2, 3 dc in same sc, 1 sc in next loop sc, 2 dc in next loop sc, ch 2, 2 dc in same sc, ch 2, sl st in loop, sl st in next ch (1st ch of ch 6 before loop was made) (tri-petal made), 3 dc in same ch 3 sp as previous 3 dc, ch 5, 1 dc in 4th and 5th ch from hook (long dc picot made), 3 dc in next ch 2 sp, sk next dc and bptr; repeat from * around 5 times; bind off. Weave in ends.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.






I changed up the pattern a bit when I made the flake for the actual quilt block. Here are instructions for the final row for the improvised variation.


Round 6: * Ch 5, 3 dc in ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 5, sk next bptr, sl st in next bptr, in next ch 2 sp work 1 sc, 1 hdc and 1 dc, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch (pointy picot made), 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 6, sl st in 5th ch from hook, turn, 5 sc in ch 5 loop just made, sl st in loop, ch 2, turn, 2 dc in next loop sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook (sc picot made), 2 dc in same sc, ch 1, 1 sc in next loop sc, ch 1, 3 dc in next loop sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 dc in same sc, ch 1, 1 sc in next loop sc, ch 1, 2 dc in next loop sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 dc in same sc, ch 2, sl st in loop, sl st in next ch (1st ch of ch 6 before loop was made) (tri-petal made), 3 dc in same ch 3 sp as previous 3 dc, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch (pointy picot made), in next ch 2 sp work 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, sk next dc, sl st in next bptr; repeat from * around 5 times; bind off. Weave in ends.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

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.




Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and Confessions of a Fabric Addict and My Quilt Infatuation.

5 comments :

  1. That's pretty! I'm impressed that you can crotchet a snowflake from a picture of the real thing.

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    1. Why, thank you, Sherry! I love the challenge of trying to duplicate in crochet the intricacies of real snowflakes!

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  2. Sure goes to show that you keep going and it can turn out how you want it. Pin away.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! Sometimes elbow pain makes me want to quit and give up. But when I can pull off a flake like this, well, no such thing as quitting!!!

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  3. Beautiful crocheted snowflake!! I'm not the best at crochet, but may give this a go! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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