18 April 2022

Snowflake Monday

I have been trying to finish up Mother's Day gifts - quilted table toppers - and had to practice the pattern to make sure I could do it right before I cut into the mom fabrics. Of course, my favorite practice piece included snowflakes!!!

I thought I was going to need a few smaller snowflakes to finish off this gem. But I found exactly six unused, perfectly sized, shaped but not stiffened snowflakes in my Moda Blockheads project. Several of my 2018 snowflakes were inspired by weekly patterns during Blockheads 2. And the way I worked some of my blocks was inspired by the snowflakes I added to them.

I had SO much fun working with snowflake fabrics (and snowflake appliqué) making this table topper, I can't wait to finish up my Blockheads project now!!!

In the meantime, I got to add another round to this week's simple flake because it didn't need to be as tiny as I imagined when I first started it. The name comes from the most predominant weather element we've had this year.

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: 305 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

Gusty Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in same sc as sl st, [ch 5, sk next sc, 2 dc in next dc] 5 times; ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, [ch 5, in next ch 5 sp work (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc)] 5 times; ch 5, 2 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, [ch 2, in next ch 5 sp work (1 sc, ch 5, 1 sc), ch 2, in next ch 3 tip work 2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] 6 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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.

Gusty Snowflake

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