16 March 2020

Snowflake Monday

I was toying with the idea of giving today's snowflake a mysterious name and challenging readers to figure out how I came up with it. I did that eight times last year with my dinosaur egg snowflakes, and no one tried guessing any of the origins.

So I'm taking the fun out of the game, telling you up-front why I almost named this flake ACME, then giving it a more appropriate shamrock name.

While I was making 19 little shamrocks for my grands for tomorrow, I kept thinking about the song, "I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover". After I designed the snowflake to fit around the flake, I looked up the lyrics and history of the song to see if there were any cute catch phrases or trivia that might make a great snowflake name.

My favorite cartoons growing up featured the Road Runner and the Pink Panther. So when I discovered Wile E. Coyote chased Accelerati incredibilus around a highway cloverleaf to the tune, I was tempted to call the snowflake Eatius Birdius or Fast and Furry-ous.

Now you know how my head works, and maybe you'll go back to the dinosaur eggs and try to unravel those mysteries!

I KNEW I had a photo of a snowflake near a clover leaf somewhere, and it took me a while to find it. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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 in two colors, 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

Four-Leaf Clover Instructions

With green, make magic ring.

Round 1: [Ch 3, in ring work (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 tr), ch 3, sl st in ring] 4 times; ch 6, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, sl st in next ch, sl st in ring; bind off. Weave in ends. Pull magic ring tight.
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Four-Leaf Snowflake Instructions

Make shamrock as instructed above.

Round 2: With white, [work 1 dc into 1st tr of any (or next on repeats) shamrock leaf, ch 3, 1 dc in same tr, sk next dc, 1 dc in next tr, ch 3, 1 dc in same tr, ch 3] 4 times, omitting last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in top of starting dc to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, [ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same ch 3 sp] 6 times, omitting last 2 dc and last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 point (or 18th ch 3 sp) of Round.

Round 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), over post of dc directly below work (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc), [3 sc in each of next 2 ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 work ((1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 5, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 3, 2 dc in 3rd ch from hook, sl st in sc, ch 5, sl st in sc (three-leaf clover tip made)*, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc] 6 times, ending * on final repeat. sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; 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 comment :

  1. That one will sure work for saint me day indeed haha mind goes many a way when coming up with a name too.


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