05 August 2019

Snowflake Monday

The name for today's a no-brainer. Do you know how I came up with the name for today's orange "dinosaur egg" snowflake from the rainbow Easter gifts I made for my grands?

This pattern features a new-to-me method of starting a new round with a double crochet stitch without chaining 2 or 3. I don't know if someone else may have come up with this as an option, but I was pretty excited to find I could craft a sort-of foundation double crochet stitch by working a single crochet into another single crochet to simulate the height and appearance of a double crochet. I'll probably be using this method most of the time from now on because it looks pretty darned sharp to me.

I also gave the metallic glue one more try. After one coat, there is no metallic appearance to me.

Two coats...

Wet third coat...

On top of that, it's not all that easy to wash off after using. It's washable, but it takes a LOT of scrubbing!

Perhaps I'll have to draw a snowflake with the glue one day and let it dry to enjoy that metallic cast...

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: 4.5 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

Kane 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 (starting popcorn stitch made), [ch 7, 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 3, 1 dtr in top of starting popcorn st to form 6th ch 7 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 12 (counts as 1 dc and ch 10), [1 dc in next ch 7 tip, ch 10] 5 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [6 dc in next ch 10 sp, ch 3, 6 dc in same sp,] 5 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 4: 1 sc in gap between 6/dc groups directly below, insert hook into middle of sc just made and draw up loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook (counts as 1 dc), [ch 7, 1 sc in next ch 3 tip, ch 10, 1 sc in same tip, ch 7, sk next 6 dc, 1 dc in next gap between 6/dc groups] 6 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in starting dc; bind off. Weave in ends.
NOTE: In the supposed-to-be-metallic version of this snowflake, I worked a dc cluster in each tap between 6/dc groups instead of a lone dc. In the hand-dyed variegated blue snowflake below, I used 1 dc, ch 10, 1 dc on each tip instead of 1 sc, ch 10, 1 sc.

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 comment :

  1. Sure determined with the glue haha it does have a little more on a tinge after the third go around.


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