25 February 2019

Snowflake Monday

A couple of weeks ago, my good friends Phil and Maryann sent gorgeous pictures of Winter Storm Nadia in the Pacific Northwest. We were longing for big snow here in Colorado, so I was mesmerized by the accumulation, although I think it created some havoc in Washington state…

Back in my very early teenage years I thought I'd have ten children, all daughters, when I grew up and got married. I filled a notebook with all kinds of future plans for these girls… Their names, the color and length of their hair, their talents and even what kind of car they'd drive.

Nadia was going to be one of my daughters. Unlike the famous gymnast of the day, my little Nadia was going to be a ballerina. My first mother-in-law's name years later was Nadine, and although I wasn't able to have children, I still thought Nadia was a terrific name, and it would be a great way to honor my first husband's mother.

Perhaps I should name snowflake patterns after the daughters I never gave birth to and take pictures of the flakes on the cars those girls were going to be driving. Can't you just see me trekking though a mall parking lot, taking pictures of crocheted snowflakes on windshields while police officers roll their eyes and security guards scratch their heads?

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: 5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread, size 7 crochet hook, 1 optional bead for snowflake center if desired, 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

Winter Storm Nadia 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, 1 dc in ring, 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); repeat from * 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in ring, ch 3, sl st in top of starting popcorn. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Sl st into next ch 3 sp, starting popcorn st in same sp, [popcorn st in next ch 3 sp, ch 7, popcorn st in next ch 3 sp] 5 times; popcorn st in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 1 tr in top of starting popcorn st to form 6th ch 7 sp of Round.

Round 3: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, [ch 11, 1 sc in next ch 7 sp] 5 times; ch 5, 1 trtr in starting sc to form 6th ch 11 sp of Round.
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Round 4: 3 sc over post of trtr directly below, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 dc in same sp, [in next ch 11 space work 1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc, ch 5, 3 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc] 5 times; in next ch 11 space work 1 dc, 1 hdc, 3 sc, ch 5, sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: Ch 4 (counts as 1 trtr), [1 sc in next gap between 2 dc, in next ch 5 point work (1 trtr, ch 1, 1dtr, ch 2, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 7, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 tr, ch 2, 1 dtr, ch 1, 1 trtr] 6 times, omitting last trtr of final repeat; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4; 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.

1 comment :

  1. 10 daughters sure would have been umm hectic haha Nadia is a fine name for girl or snowflake.


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