23 January 2023

Snowflake Monday

My Mini Hexi Madness is another runner-up for my crochet temperature project. I thought this one had a lot of promise, but I had to figure out a way to do a creative join while sticking with the non-bordered temperature motifs.

Ultimately, I opted out of Mini Hexie Madness for the temperature project because the popcorn stitch uses up so much thread. I do want to use up my hand-dyed thread, but I want enough to finish at least a few months of my temperature project before I run out. And I did come up with a new flake pattern while playing with this fun little flake!

Lacy Flower Flake also caught my eye.

January 111th Snowflake would have been perfect without the white border. But then I wondered if it would look good as a temperature project WITH the border.

None of these made the final cut, but it was fun to go back and remake a few oldies but goodies and experiment with join-as-you-go. (And fix pattern booboos.) Have you tried joining your snowflakes?

I'm getting hungry for our annual Snowflake Ball! What about you???

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 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

Starburst Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1:Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through 2nd ch of starting ch 2 and replace loop on hook, pull loop through ch (starting popcorn stitch made), ch 3, [5 dc in ring, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc (popcorn stitch made), ch 3] 5 times, omitting last 2 ch of final repeat; 1 dc in top of starting popcorn st to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

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Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, in next ch 3 sp work (3 dc, ch 8, sl st in 5th ch from hook, 1 sc in next ch, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 dc in next ch, 3 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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 comment :

  1. Lovely flake! I also really liked those Lacy Flower flakes.


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