07 December 2020

Snowflake Monday

Today's snowflake pattern is inspired by one of the photos I shot on November 24, when we got six inches of beautiful snow. It was a workday, so I couldn't shoot when the snowflakes were best. When I tried shooting before work, battery issues spoiled my efforts. 

First the camera battery died. Then one light battery died. Two shots later, the second light battery died. All my batteries are rechargeable, and recharging takes several hours. By the time the batteries had replenished, the snow had stopped, darn it! 

Nevertheless, I did get 73 shots with a bit of better detail and improved depth of field. 

 I've been trying different methods of shooting snowflakes. But we haven't been getting much snow, so I don't get many chances to try or perfect new methods. 

We have a 40% chance of snow this weekend, and I'm hoping I will get more camera/snowflake time so I can try to capture some more flakes as detailed as some of the November 24 snowflakes I captured. 

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: 6.5 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


Popcorn Stitch (pc) 

Work 5 dc in designated st, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc.  

Last Call Snowflake Instructions 

Make magic ring.  

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as [1 dtr), in ring work 1 tr, 3 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr, ch 5] 3 times; sl st in 4th ch of starting ch 4. Pull magic circle tight.  

Round 2: Ch 11 (counts as 1 dc and ch 9), [in next ch 5 sp work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 9, 1 dc*, ch 3, 1 dc), ch 9] 3 times, ending * on third repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 11 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.  

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [1 dc in each of next 9 ch, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc)] 6 times, omitting last ch 3 and last dc of final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.  

Round 4: [1 pc over post of dc directly below (or in same ch 3 tip on repeats), ch 13, in next ch 3 tip work (pc, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 8, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 6 ch, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, sl st in next ch] 6 times; sl st in top of starting pc; 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 comment :

  1. Wow, incredible photo! And a very authentic-looking snowflake. The three ch-5 spaces give it that tiny bit of - wonkiness? asymmetry? (can't seem to find the right word) - that you often see in real snowflakes.


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