06 November 2023

Snowflake Monday

I've been cheering about being "pinkless" (below 85 degrees) in my 2023 crochet temperature project for a couple of weeks now, but I ended up getting three days behind again because I ran totally out of my hand-dyed sage crochet thread (40-44 degrees). I had nothing even close to soft sage in my stash. I couldn't go on until I dyed more. Unless I used the wrong color. I expect there will be many 40s, both high and low, during the next three months!

So I dyed more. And I remembered how much I absolutely love dyeing. I don't want to use up all my hand-dyed stash anymore. I want to create more colors!!!

I've been feeling for a while now my 2023 temperature crochet project is going to be a priceless, timeless and ageless work of art. Which gave me just the most perfect play on words for this week's snowflake pattern! I love looking at my crochet temperature project so much, I've created my first-ever phone wallpaper, and I've included it below so you may use it if you would like.

Today's pattern is the 11th inspired by my Lamp Light Snowflake, which I modified to create the motif for my 2023 crochet temperature project. I'm just a bit excited I have to create only one more snowflake this year inspired by this pattern, but at the same time, my goodness, I'm excited I was able to come up with SO much variety!!!

Oh, and one more little, tiny bit of HUGE trivia. This is the 800th snowflake pattern I've written. Stoked. Totally stoked. And how's this for some terrific snowflake inspiration...

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

Sageless Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in ring, [ch 10, 1 dc in 7th ch from hook, 1 hdc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 1, 2 dc in ring] 5 times; 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2, 1 fhdc in top joint of tr (top joint of tr becomes sc of spoke, 1 fdc, ch 3, 1 tr in bottom of fdc to form 6th ch 5 tip of Round; OR, if foundation crochet is too difficult, work repeat 6 times, omitting last 2 dc of final repeat; sl st in top of starting cl; bind off; weave in ends. Pull magic circle tight, but leave opening big enough to allow stitches inside it to lay flat. Begin next Round on any point with 1 dc instead of ch 2.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [1 dc over post of tr directly below, ch 1] 4 times, [in next ch 6 tip work ([1 dc, ch 1] 4 times, 1 dc, ch 3, [1 dc, ch 1] 5 times)] 5 times; in next ch 5 tip work ([1 dc, ch 1] 5 times); 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [[1 fpdc around next dc, ch 1] 10 times, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, * ch 3, 1 dc, ch 1)] 6 times, ending * on final repeat; ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.
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Round 4: Ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch from hook (counts as 1 dc and ch 2 picot), [[1 fpdc around next fpdc, ch 2, sl st in 2nd ch from hook] 12 times, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, [ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook] 3 times, 1 dc, ch 3, sl st in 2nd ch from hook)] 6 times, omitting last dc and last picot of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 4; 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. Great name for a really lovely snowflake! (It reminds me of snowy fences.) And tremendous congratulations on your 800 snowflake patterns. Just think of all the beauty you've added to the world.


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