29 April 2019

Snowflake Monday

Today's pattern was supposed to be tacked onto last week's Cathedral Window Mandala pattern. But I couldn't get it finished in time.

I even thought about adding it as an Easter egg but love it so much, I want it to stand on its own. (But how appropriate would that have been… the day after Easter!) I'm glad now I didn't rush through the snowflake points two weeks ago because I love the interpretation I came up with last week with more time to really play with it. My original concept was not this textured!

This definitely is not a lacy, delicate flake, and it uses considerably more thread than most snowflake patterns, but I think my Cathedral Window Snowflake is just unique enough to be a wonderful addition to my collection. Also a great way to use up some hand-dyed ombre, don't you think?

This pattern extension features a sort of new take on the crocodile stitch. You may definitely work the points with the standard crocodile method if you prefer, but the way the edges of the triple treble stitches curl up underneath give the flake its magic, in my opinion, especially with the front post crochet already incorporated in previous rounds.

I placed large plastic beads that could be simply washed off beneath my triple trebles during stiffening to emphasize the texture.

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: 7.5 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

Cathedral Window Snowflake Instructions

Rounds 1-10: Work same as Cathedral Window Mandala.

Round 11: If binding off each Round, with S, 1 dc over M ch 3 sp. If carrying thread, with S, sl st over M ch 3 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [1 fptr around post of each of next 2 S tr, 1 dc in same M ch 3 sp, sk next 3 M st, 1 sc in each of next 6 M tr, sk next 3 M st, 1 dc in next M ch 3 sp] 12 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st across starting ch 2 or starting dc into fptr.

Round 12: [1 sc in next fptr, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 dc in each of next 2 sc, 1 tr in each of next 2 sc, 5 fptrtr over post of next fptr, ch 10, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in next hook, ch 4, 1 sc in next ch, 5 fptrtr around post of next fptr, working from the bottom up, as shown below, sk next dc and next 2 sc, 1 tr in each of next 2 sc, 1 dc in each of next 2 sc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next fptr] 6 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends
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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.

Cathedral Window Snowflake detail


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    1. Thank you, Blue! Good to see you again! Sort of old home week with Pat being back!!!


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