23 May 2022

Snowflake Monday

I planned for today's pattern to recreate a treasure from my grandmother's cedar box - because who needs snowflakes at the end of May, right??? Wacky weather changed my mind. We got 12 inches of snow over the weekend. I pulled out my snowflake photography equipment (that is, the lights I had leftover after putting most of of what I own beneath tents and fleece covering the raised-bed gardens), and, well, you kmow me and snowflakes!!!

The rapidly descending flakes LOOKED giant and fluffy but actually were balls of very tiny but quite delicate flakes. They felt more like rain than snow. Most of flakes were nearly fully melted before they hit my frozen glass photography surface. The mercury read 28 degrees, which was plenty cold enough for accumulation, but the sidewalk and ground were still warm enough from the previous day's 90 degrees that the foot of snow we did get overnight didn't really begin sticking until after I went to bed for the night. I wonder if I would have been able to get better photos had I opted to stay awake and keep shooting. Being a Parkinson's caregiver often means get the sleep when you can, though. So I did.

I did get inspiration! The evening just wasn't as photographically rich as storms typically are during December and January - 20 of 170 shots to duplicate in crochet at some point. And yet, oh, how we need the moisture!

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: 5.5 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

Wacky Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 hdc in ring, 1 tr in ring, [ch 3, in ring work (1 tr, 1 hdc, 1 tr)] 5 times; ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 point of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 12 (counts as 1 tr and [ch 9), 1 tr in next ch 3 tip] 6 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 12.

Round 3: Sl st in next ch, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in same ch 9 sp, 12 dc in each of next 5 ch 9 sp, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 4: 1 sc in gap between Round 3 starting ch 2 and final Round 3 12/dc group, [ch 11, in next gap between 12/dc groups work (1 sc, ch 7, 1 dc, ch 14, 1 dc, ch 7, 1 sc] 6 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; 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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