02 January 2023

Snowflake Monday

I toyed with the idea of crocheting motifs to dress up one of the table toppers I made toward the end of 2022. I ended up doing fabric patches instead due to time constraints, but the temptation to crochet a sprig of lavender intensifies.

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: 4.5 inches from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread (in two or more colors, if desired), size 7 crochet hook, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line
NOTE: I've been stiffening my flakes with undiluted, full-strength water soluble school glue for quite a while now, and I've been squishing the glue onto and throughout each flake with my fingers (yucky mess!!!) instead of gingerly painting the flakes with glue. Yes, it's a mess. But it's faster. And stiffer.

Sprig Snowflake Instructions

With Color A (I used my hand-dyed sage green), make magic ring.

Round 1: [1 sc in ring, ch 2] 5 times; 1 sc in ring, 1 hdc in starting sc to form 6th ch 2 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of hdc directly below, [in next ch 2 tip work (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)] 5 times; 2 dc in next ch 2 tip, 1 hdc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 1 tip of Round.
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Round 3: [Ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, ch 10, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 8 ch, ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch, sl st in same ch 1 sp, ch 5, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, sl st in next ch 1 tip] 6 times; bind off. Weave in ends.

Lavender Buds: With Color B (I used my hand-dyed hyacinth), 3 dc in 3rd ch from top of any ch 10 spoke, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (mini popcorn stitch made), ch 1, working up spoke 1 mini pc and ch 1 in each of next 2 ch, 1 mini pc in same ch as previous mini pc, ch 3, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, working back down spoke 1 mini pc in same ch, ch 1, 1 mini pc in same ch, ch 1, 1 mini pc and ch 1 in each of next 2 ch; bind off. Tie beginning and ending tails in knot at back of spoke and weave in and trim. Repeat for each of remaining ch 10 spokes.

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. NOTE: I pinched the purple (or white) blossoms upward after pinning to give them a bit more dimension. 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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