18 December 2023

Snowflake Monday

Today's snowflake was inspired by an old snowflake, Mount Silex, just after Winter Storm Cait, which caused our trip home from our Thanksgiving visit with Lizard's mom to take about twice the normal drive time. I love snow. I don't necessarily love driving in it anymore. (Mostly because of other drivers.) But oh, how I miss being out in the snow!!!

There were some spectacular White Friday photos to be snapped during that nine-hour drive, but road conditions and traffic made it impossible for me to find a safe place to pull over. The fleeting rays of sunshine sparkling through crystalized branches in the Palisade peach orchards, the bright orange and red leaves (which very likely are completely gone now) throughout the orchards and three snow-covered peaches still on the tree all will remain etched in my memory every time I look at this new and improved version of my Mini Silex Snowflake!

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

Tempest Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: 12 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), [1 dc in next sc, ch 1, in next sc work (1 dc, ch 10, 1 dc), ch 1] 5 times; 1 dc in next sc, ch 1, 1 dc in next same sc as sl st, ch 5, 1 trtr in 2nd ch of starting ch 3 to form 6th ch 10 tip of Round.
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Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 5 dc over post of trtr directly below, [in next ch 10 tip work (6 dc, ch 5, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch, 1 sc in next ch, ch 4, 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 2 ch, ch 1, 6 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 6 dc of final repeat; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; 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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