29 January 2024

Snowflake Monday

I jumped on the snowplow name Brr Ito as a snowflake because I'm from New Mexico and because I love Mexican food. It's only fair I seize En-chill-ada, too!

I designed this snowflake the week after Thanksgiving, but a stitch sequence ending the 2nd Round (to prevent having to bind off and rejoin) kept me from writing the pattern until now. If what I tried very hard to describe clearly below is too difficult or too confusing, just finish the last dc picot and bind off, then join again for Round 3.

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: 4.5 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

En-chill-ada 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.

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), [sk next dc, in next dc work (1 dc, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 1 dc)] 5 times; sk next dc, in 2nd ch of Round 1 starting ch 2 work (1 dc, ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1), yo 2 times and draw up loop through 2nd ch of Round 2 starting ch 2, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times (2/3 of tr made), yo 2 times and draw up loop through bottom segment of tr, yo and draw up loop through 2nd ch of Round 2 starting ch 2, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 5 times.

Yes, I made a booboo in the above photos and forgot to work my final dc and didn't notice until after I'd bound off and woven in my ends and clipped off the tail to make this cute little flake. And yes, I unbound it and fixed it and then didn't have enough tail to tie a knot. I fixed the bind off by gluing the teensy tail end into place. Don't do it that way! This was NOT a fun snowflake surgery! Really cute little flake, though...

Round 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over whatever you want to call that last Round 2 stitch directly below, [[ch 4, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times, ch 1, in next ch 2 tip (between dc picots) work (2 dc, ch 5, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, [ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook] 2 times, ch 2, 2 dc)] 6 times, omitting last 2 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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