13 August 2018

Snowflake Monday


I designed a tiny little snowflake last week in preparation of this week's Moda Blockheads pattern, which I expected to be another 6-inch block. It's a HUGE challenge for me to come up with new snowflake ideas smaller than two inches! I'm loving this versatile little creation!


This week's pattern was inspired by my palest hand-dyed lavender thread from last year. I was making a butterfly from this gorgeous shade when the snowflake idea came to me.


When the 12-inch Ducks and Ducklings pattern was released Wednesday, I was overjoyed because it included a 6-inch square center, which would mean one of the larger snowflakes I created in the last few weeks could be incorporated.

However, I designed a larger snowflake to go around this week's tiny snowflake, and today's pattern is one that makes a cute flake no matter which round after the first you bind off, my favorite kind of design. I decided to go ahead and appliqué the full-size version.


I find myself curating a nice variety of snowflakes for upcoming Blockhead blocks. Fingers crossed accommodating blocks are forthcoming…


I didn't even try to come up with a snowflake name to correspond with this week's quilt block. Last night was the peak of the Perseids meteor shower, and how I wish I could have photographically captured one!


Perseid in 2016

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: 4.75 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

Perseid 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 (popcorn stitch made), ch 3, * 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), ch 3; repeat from * 4 times, omitting last ch 3 of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn st to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 12, 1 sc in same sp, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 12, 1 sc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in starting sc to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
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NOTE: Binding off here makes a cute little snowflake.


Round 3: * Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * working up next ch 12 loop, sk 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 5, sk next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 5, 1 dc in next ch, ch 5, sk next 2 ch, 1 sc in next ch, sk next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
NOTE: Binding off here makes a versatile snowflake.


Round 4: * Working up spoke, 1 sc in each of next 5 ch, in next ch 5 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc), 1 sc in each of next 5 ch, 1 sc in next dc; 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 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 and Oh Scrap.

5 comments :

  1. Stinks you couldn't capture one as it zoomed on by last night. A two inch challenge must keep your fingers busy, and your eyes.

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    1. We stayed up late on Saturday, Pat, to try to shoot the Milky Way, first time ever, and we did actually see three shooting stars while we were setting up. But we're not teenagers anymore. Staying up that late takes a toll these days. And both of us had to be at work today... Ugh.

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  2. I'm in awe of those snowflakes - so detailed, so tiny, so beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne! I love snowflakes, and this project is giving me a great way to use a bunch of them!

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  3. It's so magical, how many great looks you can get from a single design. This one is lovely in all its iterations.

    That's a really cute quilt block too!

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