18 September 2023

Snowflake Monday

Today's snowflake was designed while our new heater and new air conditioner were being installed. Not an expense we expected or planned for, but good that we got the non-functional heater replaced before winter sets in. And oh, am I ever ready for winter now, with the temperatures we've been experiencing!

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

Condensation Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc in ring; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 10 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 8), 1 dc in next dc, ch 5, 1 dc in next dc] 6 times, omitting last 3 ch and last dc of final repeat; 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 10 to form 6th ch 5 sp of Round.

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Round 3: Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), 1 sc over post of tr directly below, [ch 3, in next ch 8 tip work (3 dc, ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), ch 5, 1 sc in 5th ch from hook, ch 5, sl st in sc, ch 4, sl st in sc (tri-picot made), ch 3, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made), 3 dc), ch 3, 3 sc in next ch 5 sp] 6 times, omitting last 2 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting ch; 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. But I'm sharing my old instructions below so you may choose how you want to stiffen your flakes.

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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