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While I am, fear not gentle reader, diligently weighing hot stove options and winter meeting possibilities, for later posts, today I’m just here to prepare you for the Holiday Season, with another Reds themed crochet project.
This one I’m pretty proud of, as it was more than just running an image of the reds logo through a grid generator and adding a small border to it. But, to be fair, I did borrow from Deborah Atkinson’s pattern “Changling Flake” over at snowcatcher.net.
For the Cincinnati Reds Snowflake, I started with a wishbone-C shape in the center, did some of the snowflake-y bits, and then added bats and gloves as the snowflake ‘spokes’. Well, they kind of look like bats and gloves. Ok, so once I’ve told you that they’re supposed to be bats and gloves, you will recognize that that was in fact what I was going for. But the wishbone-C really does look like the Reds logo. Without further ado, here’s the Cincinnati Reds snowflake!
Isn’t this the perfect thing for your Reds themed Christmas tree or Yule log? Or maybe just a seasonal decoration to hang from your rear view mirror that says “I have too much time on my hands!” Here’s the pattern after the jump
I used red DMC size 10 thread, with a #7 or 1.65 mm hook. The finished project is about 6″ in diameter.
Ch 6 – sl st in 1st ch to form loop.
Rd 1: Ch 6 (counts as dc and 3 ch), *dc in loop, ch 3*, repeat from * to * 4 times. Ch 3, sl st in third ch of first ch 6.
Rd 2: Ch 6 (counts as dc and 3 ch), *dc in ch 3-space, ch 3, dc in dc, ch 3*, repeat from * to * four times. Dc in ch-3 space, ch3, sl st in third ch of first ch 6.
Rd 3: Ch 3, *4 dc in ch-3 space, dc in dc.* repeat from * to * nine times. Ch 4, dc in dc. Ch 4, sl st in 3rd ch of first ch 3.
Rd 4: ch 1, sc in same ch as sl-st. Sc in next 22 dc. Hdc in next dc. Dc in next dc. Trc in next dc. Dc in next dc. Hdc in next dc. Sc in next 23 dc. 4 sc in ch-4 sp. Sc in dc. 4 sc in ch 4-sp. Sl-st in first sc.
Rd 5: ch 16. (counts as Trc, and ch 12). *Skip 9 stitches. Trc in next st, ch 12.* repeat from * to * 4 times. Sl-st in fourth ch of ch-16.
Rd 6: *In ch 12 space: 3 sc, 3hdc, 3 dc, 1 trc. Ch 3. 2 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Ch 2, Dc in same ch. Ch 1, dc in same ch. Ch-4. Sl st in same ch. Back in ch-12 space: 1 trc, 3 dc, 3 hdc, 3 sc.
Ch 13. Dc in 3rd ch from hook. Dc in next 3 ch. Hdc in next 3 ch. Sc in next 2 ch. Hdc in next ch. Dc in next ch.*
Repeat from * to * five times. Sl-st in first sc.
Finishing: Weave in ends. Block by pinning onto wax paper on top of a piece of cardboard, or foamboard. Be sure to pin the wishbone C separately, or it won’t take on the right shape. Stiffen however you’d like, or mix elmer’s glue with a little water, and paint it onto the surface of the snowflake. Let sit until well-dry, then unpin and carefully unpeel from the paper.
(I was a little skeptical about the glue-process myself, but you really don’t need that much, and it dries mostly clear unless you’re using too much glue. Plus, if you mess it up, you can wash it out, and try again.)
Ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
Sc= single crochet
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Trc = triple crochet.
That’s it. Again, credit to Deborah Atkinson for elements of her Changling flake used.