01 October 2018

Snowflake Monday

Bears and snakes and other warm-blooded animals begin the pilgrimage to their individual hibernaculums this time of year to get ready for winter. Hibernaculum derives from the Latin root hibernare, which means "to winter." It also may refer to the protective coverings of some animals and plants.

I took a liberty with the Latin root word for the name of today's snowflake because my spelling looks so much more sophisticated. Plus, less chance of mispronunciation. AND, it reminds me of Frigid Air Pass near the Maroon Bells, the cutest name for chilly mountains! Hibernaire is the perfect name for a snowflake!

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 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

Hibernaire Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, remove hook from loop and insert in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, insert hook back through loop of 4th dc and pull through ch loop (starting popcorn stitch made), * ch 3, 5 dc in ring, pull hook out of loop (dropped loop) and insert in top loop of 1st dc of this 5/dc group, insert in dropped loop, pull dropped loop through top loop of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made); repeat from * around 4 times; ch 1, 1 dc in starting popcorn to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.
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Round 2: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, * ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 2, 1 tr in starting sc to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.
NOTE: Working a picot in the middle of the ch 5 and binding off here makes a cute little flake!

Round 3: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, * ch 11, sl st in 6th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
NOTE: Binding off here makes an adorable flake!

Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), * working up next spoke, 1 dc in bottom of next sc, ch 3, 1 sc in bottom of next sc, ch 5, 1 sc in bottom of next sc, ch 7, 1 sc in next ch 5 point, ch 9, 1 sc in same sp, ch 7, working back down spoke, 1 sc in next sc, ch 5, 1 sc in next sc, ch 3, 1 dc in next sc, 1 dc in sc between spokes; repeat from * around 5 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.


  1. haha so much more sophisticated indeed. A fine name for a snowflake.

  2. I was going to say cool word and can cool snowflake, but I see Pat said more or less the same thing. :) I love the ferny / leafy arms on this one. So pretty.

    1. Thank you, Sue! I think this one is going to be another of my long-term favorites!


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