18 March 2019

Snowflake Monday

Today's pattern is yet another of my California niece Layla's 11 red birthday snowflakes. Now it's time for me to start worrying about a dozen blue and white snowflakes requested by nephew Eli for his 12th birthday this month.

But first, I had to make blue butterflies for my three-year-old New Mexico-turned-Texas grandniece Maddie and my dear New Mexico friend Ruthie's granddaughter Josie. At a restaurant. While we waited for our dinner. No problem. Until I presented them…

Then suddenly grandniece Liliana (whose quinceanera we would be attending the next day) wanted one, and so did her mom, my niece Ysella, and Ysella's mom, my sister-in-law Rose, and Maddie's mom, my niece Jennifer. Turned out Rose's butterfly wasn't finished until later that night at the hotel… Rose was just as happy as the girls the next day. She said she loves all my crochet. Warm fuzzies for me!

Yes, it really did snow in New Mexico while I was there. Don't believe me???

Don't let the white out in the distance fool you, though. That's White Sands National Monument, another of my favorite places in New Mexico. We couldn't even see the Sands or the San Andres Mountains in the distance when we first arrived in the Tularosa Basin, however, due to high winds. Back when I lived in New Mexico, we experienced zero visibility during sand storms just about every March. Didn't really expect that in February. We did, however, see in the forecast that snow was predicted. My family wasn't too happy with me for bringing snow to New Mexico in February!!!

We even managed to bring home a little bit of New Mexico with us. I mean, besides the typical souvenirs…

In southern New Mexico, the snow melts fast. If you don't wake up early in the morning, you may miss it!

Not so in Colorado. We came home to another doozie, which provided some more awesome snowflake inspiration.

And this particular storm (Either Scott or Ryan, I'm losing track these days!) featured some pretty darned chilly temperatures!

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

Subzero 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 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, 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)] 5 times; ch 2, 1 dc in top of starting popcorn to form 6th ch 4 sp of Round; ch 2, 1 tr in top of dc just made to form 6th ch 5 loop of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of tr directly below, 1 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, [ch 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, in next ch 5 loop work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc)] 5 times; ch 8, sl st in 6th ch from hook, ch 2, in next ch 5 loop work 1 sc, 1 hdc, 2 dc; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 3: 1 sc in same ch as sl st, [ch 1, in next ch 5 loop work (2 tr, 2 dc, 2 hdc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 tr) ch 1, in middle dc of next 5/dc group work 3 sc] 6 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 snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.


  1. A win when everyone wants one indeed. Geez, snow wanted to go everywhere this winter.

    1. Yes, I guess that’s the biggest compliment, Pat! Thank heavens I can crochet fast!


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