Saturday, December 10, 2011

Snow Flowers

Being a desert child anything that takes the bright, shiny, warm sun away is horrible.  Cold is to be avoided at all costs.  As is snow, ice, and other bits of cold that try to follow you about.  Snow should be decently kept in the mountains where it can be visited and then left behind.  This whole covering my house thing, after 15 years I'm still not OK with it.  The only good thing about cold is that I can wear lots of things made from yarn and I am a big fan of that.  But lately I've been feeling the icy grip of winter tightening on the world.  In other words, it's been freaking cold!

Gift giving is also approaching, which works nicely for the yarn stuff, talk about convenient.  It's cold, gifts are needed, and I play with yarn.  (-:  I don't really get into the whole Christmas thing though.  Halloween is my holiday of preference, so you won't see Santas or things like that around this site.  It just isn't my thing.  However, since it is other people's thing so I've done something I don't do terribly often.  I actually tried to care what other people think.  I'm not very good at it.  I have an independent streak several miles wide.  Seriously.  I once got sent to the counseling office because I refused to stop wearing mismatched socks and shoes.  (Long story short, the other girls at school told me I was "too old" to wear colored socks.  I took it to the nth degree because it pissed me off and wound up wearing unmatched socks, shoes, and shoe laces. Then they tried to tell me to 'be normal' or they wouldn't be my friends.  Needless to say, we ceased being friends that day.)

So yeah, doing things because other people like them has never been my strong suit.  But before you get the wrong idea, I do absolutely love it when people like, or seem to like, my ideas and creations.  Especially if they make the thing and like the finished object.  I find it very exciting to share ideas that way.  But, if people don't like them it doesn't really matter to me; I make things because I think they're neat and I like them.  You can see why it's challenging for me to go along the path of what other people think.  But, I'm also not the kind of girl who can see a challenge and walk away.  So here goes!  My first attempt at making something because I thought other people might like it and not just because I thought it was a neat idea.  I've taken up the glove that winter has thrown down and dueling in the way that is most unexpected.  I'm going with a winter themed scarf, inspired by snow, and made in the color I usually avoid as assiduously as pink and orange; white.  (I avoid pure white things because I look terrible in white; I'm much too pale for that pale a color.  Plus, white is so hard to keep clean and looking nice)  This is what I came up with.

Snow Flower Scarf

1 ball Vanna's Choice yarn
I hook

Gauge- Each 6 point flower measures 6 inches (15 1/4 cm) across, the 5 point flower is about 5 1/2 inches (14 cm)

5 Pointed Flower Motif (for the ends)-
 make 1 to start

Ch 8, join in loop.
Round 1: 16hdc in loop
Round 2:  Hdc, 2hdc in one st* around plus 1 hdc, join. (25 sts )
Round 3: Ch 8, skip 4 sts, join to 5th st with slst.* repeat around, join.
Round 4: In each loop work (1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc). Join and break off.

6 Pointed Flower Motif and joining

Ch 8, join in loop.
Round 1: 16hdc in loop
Round 2: Hdc, 2hdc in one st* repeat around, join.(24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 8, skip 3 sts, join to 4th st with slst* repeat around, join.
Round 4:In the first two loops work (1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, ch 1, sc in ch 3 loop of the previous piece, ch 1, 3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc).  Then continue working 1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, ch3, 3dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc in each of the remaining 4 loops. Join and break off.

Repeat this until you have 1 five point flower on the end and 9 six pointed flowers.  To finish make a 5 pointed flower joining as for the 6 point flowers.

Blocking may be necessary to keep the petals from curling.

This pattern doesn't take terribly long to finish, it looks far more complex than it really is.  I also really dig not having to sew the thing together.  This scarf gave me some of the ideas for my 'mystery' yellow project.  Moving away from circles to more pointy geometrics seems to have been a good idea.


  1. I, like you, definitely vary from the 'norm' and I, too, prefer Halloween to any other holiday. Thanks for the pattern.

  2. Thank you for sharing your pattern!