27 August 2018

Snowflake Monday


I LOVE this week's Moda Blockheads pattern (even though I haven't finished all those teensy, microscopic triangles yet)! I couldn't wait to dive into my scraps to craft my own interpretation of Jace.


I love this block so much, I decided to do it again, this time with modifications and a new snowflake.


This is the first time I've tried using the puff stitch in a snowflake. When I first began the snowflake, I wasn't intending to use primarily the puff stitch. I used this stitch a lot in college because it makes extremely warm scarves and hats, especially when made with a super soft yarn. Remember Dazzleaire yarn?


I once bought about 10 skeins of the turquoise because it was the prettiest color of yarn I'd ever seen. I still wear the hat I knitted with that turquoise Dazzleaire back in about 1980. I am not sure whatever became of the puff stitch scarf. Perhaps I literally wore it out!


About 10 years ago, one of my co-workers asked if I could figure out a pattern stitch she saw in a photo. I used some Dazzleaire scraps to work up this little curly piece that has never found a purpose. Perhaps it can be a doll blanket for a granddaughter one day.


I just rifled through my stash, and this is all that remains of my once rich treasure of Dazzleaire…


The puff stitch in thread isn't nearly as soft, and boy, does it use up a lot of thread! However, the puff stitch is like magic for a snowflake. Here's a flake you don't have to shape or stiffen! Also, the back looks just like the front.

Plus... if you make a rock covering using the puff stitch, it absorbs a ton of water to nurture your garden on hot days!

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 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

Puff, the Magic Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2, [yo and draw up loop through magic ring] 4 times, yo and draw through all 9 loops on hook (starting puff stitch made), * ch 3, [yo and draw up loop through magic ring] 5 times, yo and draw through all 11 loops on hook (puff stitch made); repeat from * 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting puff st to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic ring tight.

Round 2: Starting puff st over post of dc directly below, ch 1, * puff st in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, puff st in same sp, ch 1; repeat from * around 4 times; puff st in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in starting puff st to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 3: Starting puff st over post of dc directly below, * ch 2, 1 sc between next 2 puff st, ch 2, puff st in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, puff st in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 2, 1 sc between next 2 puff st, ch 2, puff st in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting puff st to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.
NOTE: Binding off here makes an adorable Mini Magic Puff!


Round 4: Starting puff st over post of dc directly below, puff st in same sp, * ch 2, sl st into same ch 3 sp, ch 2, sl st into sc, ch 2, sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 2, [puff st in same sp, ch 3] 2 times, puff st into same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 2, sl st into same ch 3 sp, ch 2, sl st into sc, ch 2, sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 2, puff st into same sp, ch 1, 1 dc into starting puff st to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 5: Starting puff st over post of dc directly below, * ch 1, puff st into next ch 3 sp, ch 3, puff st into same sp, ch 2, sl st into same sp, ch 2, sl st into Round 3 ch 3 sp, ch 2, 1 sc around next sl st and sc, ch 2, sl st into Round 3 ch 3 sp, ch 2, sl st into next ch 3 sp, ch 2, puff st into same sp, ch 3, puff st into same ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last puff st of final repeat; sl st into starting puff st; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: This one doesn't have to be stiffened! Yeehaw!!!


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

4 comments :

  1. I love the idea of this snowflake soaking up extra water for the garden!

    So fun to get a glimpse of your old projects - that turquoise hat is so pretty. Really cute block too!

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  2. Never knew about the soaking up water. A decade on and still ideas a churning. Way to be.

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  3. Those are teensy weensy triangles! Wow! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday!

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  4. What a cute snowflake. Thanks for linking up your finish with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.

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