29 August 2022

Snowflake Monday

This is my Dad flake. Thank you, Don Komarechka, for the inspiration!

The last time I saw my dad, he was still playing with the Wilson Basketball Net I sent him for Father's Day back in 2012. He positioned the hoop over his train room trash can. He'd wad up his trash and throw it through the hoop (and score!!!) on a daily basis. (He'd been a hoopster in high school.) Hospice didn't remove the hoop from his train room when they moved an IV bed in for him in May or when they removed the bed a few weeks later. That silly hoop was still in Dad's train room, with the mini basketball, right where he'd last played with them, when family began arriving for the memorial service in June. So many precious memories!

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: 4 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.

Dad Snowflake Instructions

Ch 15; taking care not to twist work, sl st in 1st ch.

Round 1: 1 pc in same ch as sl st, [sk next 2 ch, ch 3, pc in next ch, ch 3, pc in next ch] 6 times, omitting last pc of final repeat; sl st in top back of starting pc.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same sp as sl st, [ch 1, in top back of next pc work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 3 dc and last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 3: Ch 7 (fcounts as 1 dc and [ch 5, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc)] 6 times, omitting last dc and last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 for form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [sk next dc and next 2 ch, in next ch (middle ch of ch 5) work (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr), in next ch 3 tip work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc)] 6 times, omitting lasst 3 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.

1 comment :

Dusty words lying under carpets,
seldom heard, well must you keep your secrets
locked inside, hidden deep from view?
You can talk to me... (Stevie Nicks)

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