15 May 2023

Snowflake Monday

Thank you, Autumn, for wetting my tastebuds with a new weather gardening history chock full of potential snowflake names! Today is May 15, and before Autumn's shared link in Sisters of the Snowflake, I had no clue the Ides of May has a patron saint!

Cold Sophie's Day, which actually is May 20 on the modern day calendar, anciently was considered the last day of cold weather. Earlier this year, I predicted I'd have to use pink in my temperature project by May 21. No pink yet, and let's hope Kalte Sophie holds her ground until next week!

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 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

Cold Sophie Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 5 (counts as 1 trtr), 1 trtr in ring, [ch 5, 2 trtr in ring] 5 times; sl st in 5th ch of starting ch 5. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 1 sc in gap between Round 1 ch 5 that counts as trtr and next trtr, [ch 2, in next ch 5 sp work ((1 dc, ch 1) 2 times, 1 dc, ch 3, (1 dc ch 1) 2 times, 1 dc), ch 2, 1 sc in gap between next 2 trtr] 6 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.

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Round 3: [Ch 7, in next ch 3 point work (1 dc, ch 5, 1 sc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc), ch 7, sl st in next sc] 6 times; 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. Oh, I like this one. Also had no idea the Ides of May had a saint.

    Here I have learned to wait until the end of May to plant things. Our nights are still cool.


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