04 March 2019

Snowflake Monday

I think this is my favorite red snowflake for Layla, inspired by the talented Alexey Kljatov. I love the actual snowflake so much, I might try another interpretation of it one day with beads...

I finished up the white versions of this snowflake after a mighty snowstorm dropped two to four inches in the foothills near the town of Alamogordo, New Mexico, where I grew up and lived for nearly three decades. We had snow two times in all the years I lived there. I thought it rather fitting it would snow again the day I was there for my grand niece's quinceanera!

Another unusual thing is that one of my best friends from high school turned up in Alamogordo the very same weekend. She currently lives in Houston, and although we've kept in touch, we had not seen each other in more than 30 years. She's from Hawaii, and she named her daughter Kiana. The winter storm we experienced that weekend was a different spelling of the very same name!

I love snowflake patterns that make unique snowflakes by binding off on various rounds for different sizes. This one worked up perfectly into five flakes, using favorite picots on some of the Rounds that might have been more plain and ordinary.

Making tiny flakes also helps use up tiny scraps of thread. Plus, now that I'm trying to get caught up on my Moda Blockheads project again, I now have a couple of brand new tiny flakes for tiny block centers!

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: 7 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

Winter Storm Quiana 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.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp] 5 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sl st in starting ch 2.
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Round 3: [Ch 5, 1 trtr in next dc, ch 5, sl st in next dc, sl st in next dc, ch 5, 1 trtr in next dc, ch 5, sl st in next dc, ch 5, sl st in nxt dc] 6 times, omitting last ch 5 and last sl st of final repeat; ch 2, 1 tr in same ch as starting sl st to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 4: 1 sc over post of tr directly below, [ch 3, in next tr work (1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr), ch 3, in next tr work (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc), ch 3, sk next ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 5 sp] 6 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

Round 5: [1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just worked, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 10, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 7 ch, 3 dc in same ch 3 tip, 1 dc in each of next 3 st, ch 1, sl st in top of dc just made, 1 dc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, sk next sc] 6 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 the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. haha seems wherever you go snow tends to follow. Can it work backwards and you take it away too?

  2. Oh, how I wish, Pat!!! I’d have snow days all winter long!!!!!!!!!!


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