16 January 2023

Snowflake Monday

I spent New Year's Eve looking through my Snowflake Directory in search of a pattern I might be able to use for a crochet temperature project. I had thought for about four days I could use the Harvest Snowflake pattern, but I've already got an ongoing project using that pattern, and I didn't want to start a second one, especially one I might not finish. My Reluctant Snowflake held a bit of promise, and I was humored to rejuvenate it a bit and give it what to me seems like a giggly name.

I spent New Year's Day crafting joinable versions of three different patterns from the past in an attempt to really fall in love with and become addicted to whatever pattern I finally ended up using. Bedtime was do or die; I'd have my first high and low temperature of the year on January 2, and I didn't want to start my crochet temperature project late. I plan each day to do a new motif of the pattern I selected in the appropriate colors until I run out of a color or until I grow weary of the project, which, I hope, never happens. I will share the other two finalist patterns (and their updates) in upcoming Snowflake Monday blog posts.

I still like this motif as a join-as-you-go motif, and I may one day add more to the sample I created. I didn't really rule this pattern out for my 2023 crochet temperature project; I just liked the other two (tiny bit larger) finalist patterns better after working up samples.

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: 2 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

Less Reluctant Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring. Don't pull magic circle too tight.
NOTE: I also worked up a motif with 12 dc instead of sc to make it a bit larger. No other adjustments required for this variation.

Round 2: Ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and ch 4), 1 sc in next sc, ch 4, [1 tr in next sc, ch 4, 1 sc in next sc, ch 4] 5 times; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 7; do not pull magic ring too tight.

If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 3: [3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3] 6 times; sl st in starting sc; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: 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.

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. I like the join-as-you-go method, and have made several little blankets for different girls and their dolls. Flowers or snowflakes, it doesn't matter. Have a nice week! Regula

    1. Thanks, Regula! I like JAYG, too, and the more I do it, the more I love it. I'm hoping one day I can finally get around to a JAYG snowflake tree skirt...

  2. Hi Deborah, I know you must be sick of people asking how and where to donate to NMSS in order to get access to your previous snowflake e-booklets, so I hope you forgive me for adding my voice to the hordes of others. I WOULD love to donate whatever amount you consider fair to get all 8 booklets. Please let me know, and I'll do so. I'm such a fan of your gorgeous snowflakes!!

    1. Hi, Sarah, and thank you! I apologize for the delay in responding. It's been a crazy week. No, month... Well, no, year... We probably won't be able to ride in charity rides anymore, so I've just been telling potential donors to make a donation to the charity of their choice, to email me about it at flake at snowcatcherphotos dot com, and then I have your email address to send the booklets. If you don't hear back from me in a reasonable amount of time after you email me, definitely comment on the blog again because those do get through to me... not always via email, but I do try to check for comments at least once a week.

    2. Hi again, Sarah. I've sent the booklets to you. I had to use a different email address (jrnylst at yahoo dot com) because gmail is rejecting my emails. Please check your spam filter, just in case, and let me know if you do not receive them, and I will find a way to get them to you. Thank you for your help in the battle against MS! We appreciate you!

  3. This is a nice jaygo motif!

    I got a bit of a giggle when reading the stiffening directions. I can imagine that would get messy. It makes me think of how we used to put glue on our hands as kids, just for the fun of peeling it off when it dried. :)

    1. Sue, I never did that!!! I did make glue creations on the plastic crayon box that I could peel off, but I've always been a girly girl, until Elmer's came up with glow-in-the-dark glue. Ha ha! I still don't really like getting my fingers dirty at all (especially when gardening!!!), but oh, how I love glowing snowflakes!!!


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