25 March 2024

Snowflake Monday

Today's snowflake bears the name of another snowplow. A snowplow is something I wish we needed today... alas, we aren't expecting much accumulation from Winter Storm Ronnie. Any moisture is good, though.

A fun bit of trivia regarding today's snowflake. The prototype has a pretty significant booboo. Can you see it??? I didn't see it until I was pinning it. It was already saturated with glue. I could have fixed it if I had noticed it sooner. I was tempted to name the flake Blunder or Bungle, but these days, I want my snowflakes to have a degree of dignity. Even a flawed flake still has beauty, right?

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

Blizzo Snowflake Instructions

SPECIAL STITCHES: 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. NOTE: The end of the 1st Round includes what might seem like pretty wacky instructions; I'm attempting to prevent binding off and joining again as well as reduce the number of thread ends to be woven in at the end. If you can't make sense of what I'm trying to describe, just finish the final picot and ch 2 the same as the previous 11, then join atop any ch 2 tip to begin Round 2.

Round 1: Pc in ring, [[ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook (dc picot made)] 2 times, ch 2, pc in ring] 5 times; ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, yo 5 times, draw up loop through top of starting pc, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook 4 times (trtr made, with 3 loops remaining on hook, draw up loop through 3rd trtr segment, yo and draw up loop through 2nd trtr segment, [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] to form 6th spoke of Round (as shown below). Don't pull magic circle too tight.
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faux trtr made

draw up loop through 3rd segment

yo and draw up loop through 2nd segment

yo and draw through 2 loops on hook 5 times

1 dc in bottom of each dc picot

Round 2: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in same spoke tip, [ch 5, 1 dc in base of next dc picot, sk next 4 ch, 1 dc in base of next dc picot (as shown above), ch 5, in next spoke tip work (3 dc, ch 5, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 18, 1 dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, 3 dc] 6 times, omitting last 3 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.

1 comment :

  1. Bungle would be an adorable name! I can see the glitch in the prototype (though I might not have noticed it had you not mentioned it), but that just makes it more lifelike. Both versions are lovely.


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