Today's pattern is the second of my mom's gift collection I fell in love with after making the 7-point big brother. Some of the design concepts in this snowflake were echoed in other flakes throughout the 50-flake journey. Journey because I finished about 30 of the flakes during our drive to California to celebrate with my family.
Here's my portable snowflake factory, which I set up in each night in our hotel room, then put away each morning so the housekeeping staff wouldn't think it was the previous night's dinner in need of a trash can.
All but one family member was able to join in the Golden Anniversary celebration. I really love how today's pattern echoes a gathering!
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
Gathering Snowflake Instructions
Make magic ring.
Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, [ch 1, 3 dc in ring] 5 times; 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 1 sp of Round.
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Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 6, 1 dc in same sp] 5 times; 1 dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 6 sp of Round.
Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, [ch 10, 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp] 5 times; ch 10, 3 dc in next ch 6 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, [ch 8, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp] 5 times; ch 8, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
Round 5: Ch 12 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 10), 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp] 5 times; ch 10, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 12 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
Round 6: 1 sc over post of dc directly below, [ch 6, 1 sc around all 3 chains from previous 3 Rounds, ch 3, 1 sc around all 3 ch again, ch 6, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 5, 1 sc in same sp] 5 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; 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.