07 February 2022

Snowflake Monday

I woke up at about 4 a.m. yesterday and couldn't fall back asleep, so I got up and made a snowflake then wrote the pattern. Then I realized it was February 6, or our seventh annual Make a Snowflake Day. I felt guilty for not doing something more special than just making a flake. So, I glued and pinned today's snowflake, then wrote up a brief little blog post to celebrate our special day.

Today's pattern is based on the crocheted edging of the snowflake skirt I bought fabric for more than 15 years ago and finally started last November. November and December are always incredibly busy work months for me, and even though I wanted to wear the skirt prior to Christmas, I didn't finish the sewing until the very end of January. I started the lace last week while I was on vacation... a lace-crocheting vacation. I took a week off work and away from my computer to visit my mother-in-law. I took three PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) to work on, but all I got done was most of the lace edging.

I also took my good camera, the one I call The Big Gun, and I snapped some awesome snowflake photos atop the Grand Mesa right after Winter Storm Landon.

I also spent some time working on my 2021 digital temperature quilt one evening while Lizard and his parents watched a Clint Eastwood movie that really isn't my cup of tea. I am very happy to report I am making progress on the temperature quilt. I've finished nine months!!!

I'm also very happy to announce today's flake (as well as each new flake I've designed so far this year, even though I wasn't sure back in December how long I could keep designing new flakes) will find a home in one of the remaining three months!

I've heard one crocheter is making a temperature snake. Although I don't know if I inspired that project, I did mention a temperature snake as an alternative to a temperature quilt challenge back in December. If anyone else is working on a temperature project, it would be so much fun to hear about or see your progress. And your progress likely will inspire others to keep going or possibly even start a project of their own!

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: 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.

Break Flake Instructions

Make magic ring.

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

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 3), 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 1 dc in same ch 3 tip] 5 times; ch 3, 1 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 3: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 3), 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, ch 10, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 2, 1 dc)] 6 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.
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Round 4: [in next ch 3 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc), ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, in next ch 3 sp work (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc), 3 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, in next ch 5 tip work (5 dc, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 5 dc), ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 2 sp] 6 times; sl st in starting sc; 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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