12 December 2022

Snowflake Monday

I did not want to crochet a snowflake last week. I had more deadlines in just five days than I've had since last December. We had a death in the family, the tragic death of a co-worker and the death of a very dear friend's husband. I had my first craft fair in four years. I had to learn how to work a card reader. Lizard had an MRI. We meet with the neurologist again this week to discuss the MRI results. I had multiple work Zoom conference calls and one mandatory Zoom training last week. And it's fourth quarter, the time of year when I just don't have much time for crochet or pattern-writing.

Last night, however, while watching a really fun Antarctica documentary with Lizard, I picked up my crochet hook and just started crocheting. Sort of out of habit, I guess. This isn't one of the prettiest flakes I've ever made, but it is a snowflake, and the shape is really growing on me. I might have to give this idea another go in the next week or so and see if I can improve the design. For right now, though, I've been rescued from coming up with excuses for not having a new snowflake pattern to share today.

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

Vinson Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, [ch 3, 3 dc in ring] 5 times; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), [1 dc in each of next 3 dc, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc)] 5 times; 1 dc in each of next 3 dc, 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 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [sk next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, sk next 2 dc, in next ch 3 sp work (3 dc*, ch 10, 1 dc in 5th ch from hook and in each of next 5 ch, 3 dc)] 6 times, ending * on final repeat; 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 5 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 3), sk next 9 dc, 1 dc in next gap at base of spoke, working up spoke, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the middle of 6/dc group, sk next 3 dc, in tip of spoke work (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc), working back down spoke, sk next 3 dc, 3 dc in the middle of 6/dc group, sk next 3 dc, 1 dc in gap at base of spoke] 6 times, omitting last dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5; 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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