20 March 2023

Snowflake Monday

We recently returned to the Grand Mesa for the first time in many years. We'd hoped to cross-country ski, but Lizard wasn't quite up to that. I did, however, get to snap a few snowflake photos!

I couldn't help but rework two of my past snowflakes, one of which needed an all-white version... Grand Mesa and Skyway.

Today's pattern is another of my 2013 designs written on my phone during my then-daily commute, then stashed in a folder just waiting to be rediscovered. My notes for this one made absolutely no sense when I first began trying to recreate the snowflake. I had to add a number of modifications to make the pattern work. You can't tell from looking at the finished snowflake, however, what a heck of a Valentine storm its creation entailed!

One of the girls I taught back when this pattern was designed currently is serving a church and service mission in New Zealand. This Hobbit fan extraordinaire wrote last week and told me of the devastation caused by the February 13/14 Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle, the forerunner of a 6.1 earthquake. Sometimes the world seems to be healing from 2020/21, but sometimes, it still burps violently. Be thankful for all you have, and share kindness and love every single day. The world needs it. We all need it. Still.

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 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

Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, [ch 11, 1 dc in 6th ch from hook, ch 3, sk next 3 ch, 1 dc in next ch, ch 1, 2 dc in ring] 6 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends. Don't pull magic circle too tight.
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Round 2: [In any ch 5 snowflake tip (or next ch 5 snowflake tip on repeats), work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 tr, ch 5, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr) ch 8, sl st in 5th ch from hook, ch 3] 6 times; sl st in starting dc; 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.

1 comment :

  1. Your snowflake photos are magical! Hope you had a good time in Grand Mesa. And I like the heart-y snowflake too.


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