10 May 2021

Snowflake Monday

I get to see most of my grandkids in person next week for the first time in 15 months. Dinosaur Egg snowflake are in order. And a BUNCH of them. So I needed something quick and easy. And small because I have been collecting some special mini river rocks for them to add to their gardens.

I had planned to name today's snowflake after our biggie March snowstorm (a little late, right?!?), but a tiny snowflake doesn't seem to do justice to a big snowstorm. (We got about 34 inches at our place, and the storm is now Colorado's 4th deepest snowfall accumulation!)

So I looked up the previous storm warranting a name, and Winter Storm Viola left us 24 inches in February. That also is the name of one of my grandmothers, so I'm delighted to be able to use her nickname for today's snowflake!

We were watching one of the Star Trek reboots as I worked up the prototype snowflake. I made a mistake I didn't catch until I was pinning it to allow the glow-in-the-dark glue to dry. I guess that's what I get for being a traitor… allowing my true Trekkie nature to glow on May the Fourth Be With You Day!

As a result, I had to make another snowflake to photograph for this blog post. I made a few changes and kind of like them better than the original snowflake. So I am including both versions here.

I also added an iridescent bead to the second version. Now I'm going to have to look up glow-in-the-dark pearls because I think I might be doing this more often with my popcorn center snowflakes! I've always loved using beads in snowflake centers, but a glowing bead would really make this baby pop on the Christmas tree next winter!

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: 3.75-4.25 inches from point to point, depending upon which 3rd Round you use
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.

Winter Storm Vi Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [Pc in ring, ch 3] 6 times, omitting last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in top of starting pc to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 3), in next ch 3 sp work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc)] 5 times; ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Original Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, [sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 point work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 10, *1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), ch 3] 6 times, ending * on final repeat, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; bind off. Weave in ends.

Altered Round 3: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and ch 5), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, [sk next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 point work (1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, ch 15, *1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc), ch 3] 6 times, ending * on final repeat, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; 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.

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