25 December 2023

Snowflake Monday

I just love the shape of this fast and easy tiny little snowflake! The name is inspired by, well, TODAY! Plus, what I guess could be its companion, my Christmas Eve Snowflake. Reading about the flake I designed on Christmas Eve so long ago brought some bittersweet memories. With all that happened in the year that followed (Lizard's Parkinson's diagnosis), I never did get that new macro lens. However, my zoom lens seems to work pretty well for shooting snowflakes with extension tubes!

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 a very Merry Christmas to you!

Finished Size: 3.5 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

Christmas Day Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in ring, [ch 4, 3 dc in ring] 2 times; ch 2, 1 tr in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 4 tip of Round. Pull magic circle tight.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of tr directly below, [in next ch 4 tip work 7 dc] 2 times; in next ch 4 work 3 dc, sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2.

Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same ch as sl st, [ch 20, sl st in 18th ch from hook, ch 2, in next gap between 7/dc groups work (3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc), ch 20, sl st in 18th ch from hook, ch 2, in middle (4th) dc of next 7/dc group work (3 dc, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 3 dc)] 3 times, omitting last 3 dc of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; 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.

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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