12 February 2024

Snowflake Monday

Today's snowflake is my valentine adaptation of my Mount Blue Sky Snowflake, which was inspired by my Mount Evans Snowflake. Mount Evans was renamed Mount Blue Sky last year. The mountain's first known unofficial name was Mount Rosalie, so named by artist Albert Bierstadt. Bierstadt's name rests upon the 14er connected to the mountain that once bore the name of his beloved wife. What could be more romantic! Oh, I know! Making yet one more Mount Bierstadt Snowflake (because my stash Mount Bierstadt Snowflake, along with 99 other snowflakes, is currently on its way to Guam typhoon survivors) and getting a picture of the lovely couple together!!!

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: 5.5 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

Rosalie Peak Snowflake Instructions

Make magic ring.

Round 1: [2 sc in ring, ch 10, sl st in 10th ch from hook] 5 times; 2 sc in ring; sl st in starting sc, ch 4, 1 trtr in same starting sc to form 6th ch 9 point of Round. Pull magic circle tight.

Round 2: 3 sc over post of trtr directly below, [ch 13, sl st in 10th ch from hook, ch 3, 5 sc in next ch 9 loop] 6 times, omitting last 3 sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc.
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Round 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 tr), [in next ch 9 loop work (3 tr, ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in sc (small heart picot made), 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc, large heart picot (ch 7, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch (right half of heart picot made), ch 5, 1 dc in 4th ch from hook and in next ch, 1 dc in top of next dc (third dc of right half of heart picot), 1 dc in bottom of same dc, sl st in 1st ch of ch 7 (large heart picot made)), 1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, ch 4, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in sc (small heart picot made), 3 tr), 1 tr in middle sc of next 5/sc group] 6 times, omitting last tr of final repeat; sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch 3; bind off. Weave in ends.

NOTE: If you're having trouble with the heart picot, see the photo tutorial here. Although this heart is just a bit different than in the tutorial, the technique is the same.

TIP: I now used linked dc for all my large heart picots. I think it dramatically improves my large heart picots. Moogly has a great linked dc tutorial here.

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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