07 August 2023

Snowflake Monday

I still love my 2023 crochet temperature project. (Which, by the way, inspired this week's snowflake pattern...)

Yet there have been days when it was a challenge to set aside 15 minutes to make one JAYG motif. (Such as the whole week we moved into our new office building at work.) There were moments when it almost felt like pressure to finish before midnight (such as our recent visit to Lizard's mom, where we got to reunite for two days with Lizard's nephew for the first time in seven years).

Twice I wished I could wait until the next day to make my daily motif because I was just so darned tired after a full day of working in the garden and summer heat. But hey, I got three more lavender plants in the ground!

I got to fix what the bears and squirrels and raccoons and wind had messed up for an entire year.

I also finally got a shot of bears IN the lavender!!!

But, let's talk snowflakes. That's why we're here, right???

Pushing myself to keep going on my temperature project, even during time crunches, helps me keep the project going. It's soothing. It's comforting. I literally have to count to ten six times in the first round, and that must be good for my soul, because my sour attitude gets some healthy sweetness by the time I bind off the first color.

I finished solar dyeing some more purples to replace the purples I've used up. I didn't get everything I was hoping for, but I think I got some really pretty shades.

Now I'm a bit worried I'm going to run out of my 90-94 pink. I may have to dye pink once more. Not that pink isn't in real fashion right now. Plus October isn't too far away...

I'm glad I had things to write about today because I could not find out who named the San Miguel river, which was named after Saint Michael, or who chose the river's name as the name for the southwestern Colorado mountain range. Only that that's how the names came to be. Sometimes history in Colorado can be a bit of a bear!!!

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: 6 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

San Miguel Snowflake Instructions


Popcorn Stitch (pc)

Work 5 dc in designated st, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc.

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Pc in ring, [ch 10, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 10, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 1, pc in ring] 5 times; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting pc to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round; 1 fsc (foundation sc), 1 fhdc (foundation hdc), 1 fdc (foundation dc), ch 3, 1 tr in bottom of fdc to form 6th ch 6 loop of Round. (NOTE: If foundation crochet is too difficult, complete 6th spoke same as previous 5 spokes, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Begin 2nd Round by working dc into top of any ch 6 loop instead of beginning with ch 5.) Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), over post of tr directly below work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc), [in next ch 6 tip work ([1 dc, ch 3] 5 times, 1 dc)] 5 times; in starting ch 6 point work ([1 dc, ch 3] 2 times, 1 dc), ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 30th ch 3 sp of Round.

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [3 dc in next ch 3 sp, 1 dc in each of next 2 ch 3 sp, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, in next ch 3 tip work (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.
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Round 4: 1 dc in each of next 5 dc, [ch 3, sk next 2 dc, 1 sc in each of next 6 dc, in next ch 3 tip work (1 hdc, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 tr, ch 6, 1 tr, ch 3, 1 dc, ch 3, 1 hdc), 1 sc in each of next 6 dc] 6 times, omitting last 5 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; 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. This is a really pretty flake! Loved all the bear photos, though I wish they'd leave your yard alone. The temperature blanket is looking amazing.


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