31 October 2022

Snowflake Monday

I wasn't sure I'd have time to make a new flake and write a pattern for this week because I STILL didn't finish Halloween snowflakes for my grands until yesterday... Needless to say, they are in the mail VERY late. I decided on Friday I would buy some half-price Halloween candy tomorrow, if I can find some (they'll probably get Christmas candy if I can't find Halloween candy), and send them with a note that I'm trying to help them prolong their Halloween celebrations. I don't think they will mind.

Before I designed today's snowflake, I thought perhaps I could cheat once again and just do snowflake photos. After all, we had our first snow of the season last week!!!

Unfortunately I didn't take more than a handful of macro snowflake photos that day because I was working while it was snowing. So I thought I could just share all my Halloween snowflakes from the past. There are quite a few! I'll link the patterns to the photos to help you find them easily. Just click on the photo, and it will take you right to the pattern.

Thankfully, Saturday night I finished a new snowflake, and I jotted down the pattern yesterday while waiting for sunrise (yes, yet another sleepless night).

I got the newest snowflake photographed at 7:21 last night, so I'm able to share it with you today! It doesn't have a Halloween theme, but hopefully there are enough goodies linked above to satisfy spooky crochet yearnings.

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: 3.75 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

First Snow Flake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 4 (counts as 1 tr and ch 1), [1 tr in ring, ch 1) 11 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 4. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: 3 sc in each ch 1 sp around; sl st in starting sc.

Round 3: [Draw up a loop around post of Round 1 tr directly below, yo and draw through both loops on hook (fpsc or front post sc made), ch 4] 12 times; sl st in starting fpsc.
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Round 4: Sl st into next ch 4 sp, ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), in same sp work 1 hdc and 1 sc, [in next ch 4 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc), ch 3, in next ch 4 sp work (1 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc)] 11 times; in next ch 4 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc), ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 5: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc) 1 tr over post of dc directly below, 1 dtr in same sp, [in next ch 3 tip work (1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dtr) 5 times; in next ch 3 tip work )1 dtr, 1 tr, 1 dc, ch 5), 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.

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