12 June 2023

Snowflake Monday

If you don't like weaving in ends, you are not going to like me very much when you get to Row 4 of today's pattern.

But this is just such a wonderful flake! It was totally worth the extra ends to weave in, in my opinion. I hope the complications don't scare you off! I was tempted to name it Knotty. Or Naughty... ha ha!

Instead, I'm giving it a Collegiate 14er peak name because... this was kind of new and at times challenging. Just like climbing the mountain after which it's been named!

Going back and re-reading the blog post about my climb of the 14,200-foot peak made me realize how perfect the university name, in honor of primary benefactor Elihu Yale (very much worth reading about), is for this flake. I wanted to give up while climbing Yale several times. While I was making the individual spokes of today's flake, I wanted to give up many times, and I knew crocheters who brave this pattern will do likewise.

Finding ways and reasons to keep going on both the peak and this snowflake helped me grow strength and build courage for the endless battles I/we face in this life. I need such lessons on a fairly regular basis! I need reminders now and again that I can do hard things, and that perseverance is more than worth the effort it requires. Aaah, perhaps a new snowflake name in the making... Perseverance... I love it!

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: 7 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

Mount Yale Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), 1 tr in ring, ch 3, [2 tr in ring, ch 3] 5 times, omitting last 3 ch of final repeat; 1 tr in 3rd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, [ch 3, 1 sc between next 2 tr, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip] 5 times; ch 3, 1 sc between next 2 tr, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: [Ch 3, [1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 2 times, 1 dc in next dc, ch 3, sl st in next dc, ch 3, sl st in next dc] 6 times; bind off. Weave in ends.
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Note: Finishing here makes a cute little snowflake. Stopping here also avoids the 12 additional ends that will need to be weaved in after the next 5 Rows repeated 6 times.

Rows 4-8 for each individual spoke (repeat 6 times): Taking care to make sure you are working on front side of flake, (Row 4) 1 dc in 1st dc of any spoke (or next spoke in repeats), ch 1, in next dc work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) (V-Stitch made), ch 1, 1 dc in next dc; ch 5, turn. (Row 5) 1 sc in top of V-Stitch, ch 3, sk next dc, 1 dc in next dc; ch 3, turn. (Row 6) 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of Row 5 ch 5; ch 3, turn. (Row 7) [1 dc in next dc, ch 1] 3 times, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of Row 6 starting ch 3; ch 4, turn. (Row 8) [1 dc in next dc, ch 2] 3 times; ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch of Row 7 starting ch 3. Bind off (except for 6th repeat). Weave in ends. After 6th spoke, don't cut thread! Proceed to Round 9.

NOTE: I actually meant to keep going after my 6th spoke, but I was tired and bound off, then had to join again. Although I didn't stiffen the flake at this point, it's kind of a cute flake without continuing.

Round 9: [Working down spoke, 2 sc in each of next 4 spaces, in next ch 3 sp work (1 sc, 1 hdc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 sp work (2 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc); working up next spoke, 2 sc in each of next 4 spaces, 5 sc in next ch 4 sp, ch 3, 2 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 5, 2 sc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 5 sc in next ch 4 sp] 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.

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