19 February 2024

Snowflake Monday

I've been slowly working through my Snowflake Directory to most non-white snowflakes with freshly created white versions. During a recent editing session, I noticed I called my 2010 Lanterne Rouge electric candle holder a snowflake. The tips of the lantern top and bottom are indeed snowflake points. But I hadn't created a standalone snowflake pattern. Well, fixed that!!!

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 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

Lantern Rouge Snowflake Instructions


Popcorn Stitch (pc)

Work 5 dc in designated st, take loop off hook, insert hook through top loop of 1st dc and replace loop on hook, pull loop through top of 1st dc.

Make magic ring.

Round 1: Pc in ring, [ch 3, pc in ring] 5 times; ch 1, 1 dc in top of starting pc to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round; bind off. Don't pull magic circle too tight.

Round 2: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and [ch 3), in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc)] 6 times, omitting last dc and last 2 ch of final repeat; q1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 5 to form 12th ch 3 sp of Round.

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 3: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, [3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 sp] 5 times; 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, sl st in 2nd h of starting ch 2.
Round 4: 1 sc over sl st just made, [ch 1, in next ch 3 tip work (1 dc, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 dtr, ch 1, 1 trtr, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook, 1 trtr, ch 1, 1 dtr, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1), 1 sc in next gap between 3/dc groups] 6 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in starting sc; 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.

1 comment :

  1. This is a great flake!

    It was fun to go back and read your Lanterne Rouge post.


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