29 November 2021

Snowflake Monday

You'll have to read this post to find out how today's snowflake got its name.

I didn't have much time last week to prepare a snowflake, so I stuck with small and simple. This one will work up quickly, especially if you need to make a bunch for gifts for the holidays.

Last year, Lizard was still so unsteady on his feet, I couldn't put up our tree. I bought a tiny cut tree at our local grocery store and placed it right outside my window, hoping to get pictures of critters suitable for a Christmas card.

That was such a fun experience, we thought we could get a potted tree for capturing bird photos all year long. I'll check again right before or after Christmas, but the prices right now ($162 for a two-foot tree) are so out of reach, I may just cover some more old CDs with snowflakes and hang them on the tree nearest my backdoor in hopes of capturing some holiday bird photos.

In the meantime, I haven't decided yet whether I should put out our little fiber optic tree so I can hang snowflakes and show off my latest creation, my Zazzle tree skirt, created from photos of my snowflakes. I'll be watching Lizard closely this week to see how he might fare with one more obstacle in the living room…

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: 3.25 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.

Plus 1 Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [Pc in ring, ch 7, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 tr in next ch, ch 1] 6 times; sl st in top of starting pc. Don't pull magic circle too tight.
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 2: Ch 7 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 5), 1 sc in ch 2 tip, ch 7, 1 sc in same sp, ch 5, 1 dc in top of next pc] 6 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 7; 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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