Blue 2020: Snowflake Roundup

This year I received a lot of requests for blue snowflakes!

These are a few of my favorite snowflake patterns that I made this year.

The Galaxy Snowflake pattern is a beautiful one, available free on Saraphir website.

I am also quite fond of the Yes Sir Snowflake pattern by Jessica Wifall, available for free on Ravelry.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary I like this unusual pattern, Winter Flowers Snowflake from YarnTimeNow blog. This pattern has a photo tutorial, a chart, as well as written instructions.

You can see more of my snowflakes with technical information on my Ravelry project pages.

Oh, just couldn’t resist one last snowflake pattern. Winter Hearts Snowflake by Julia Hart. Not free, but part of a collection of 3 patterns. I think it’s worth checking out.

I hope you enjoyed this roundup.

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Snowflake roundup 2019

IMG_2467Key starting with first white flake on left going clockwise: Taku, Ice Feathers, two white Nymphalidae, turquoise Nymphalidae, red Kaikas, dark blue Daffodil, in center left turquoise Alpine Glacier, and Taku.  All patterns by Sainio except Nymphalidae and Daffodil.

My sister gave me the book 100 Snowflakes to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio for my birthday as well as some Nazli Gelin Garden Metallic thread in white. So I was all set to start the snowflake season.

What I like about the book is that all of the snowflakes come with both written instructions and charts! Since I prefer to work from charts I was thrilled. When worked in size 10 thread these turned out a bit small but they are very pretty.

This is pretty, the sparkle thread is loosely plied, a little splitty to work with but I guess it was worth the effort. Older versions of this thread were better. The white snowflakes in the photo above were done in the Garden Metallic. The turquoise ones were also done with older Garden Metallic I had leftover from last year. The sparkle is difficult to capture in photos.


I think Polaris, above, is my favorite of the Sainio snowflakes.


These three snowflakes are from the free pattern Nymphalidae Snowflake  by Jessica Wifall. It doesn’t have a chart. But the pattern is a fun one, the last round loops up to form the points. I’d say it’s an intermediate level pattern.

And here is another of my favorite snowflakes, a free pattern called daffodil snowflake. This one might be an easier pattern to make. It has written instructions only.


If you’re interested in more technical information check out my Ravelry projects page. I have listed thread, hook and finished dimensions for each one.

Best wishes for the New Year!

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Fun with star stitch

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This weekend I’m teaching a class in star stitch at YarnCon in Chicago. What a great excuse to fool around with some yarn and make some new star stitch items.

Above is a little coin purse I did to explore working in the round. I’d say this is an intermediate level project because starting by working around both sides of your chain can be tricky if you haven’t done it before. The pattern is available free on Ravelry-Star Stitch Coin Purse by Ishrat Khawja.

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As a longer term project this star stitch cowl turned out beautifully. I worked it flat and joined it after blocking. I didn’t work from a pattern for this but you can see the yarn and hook used plus some of my notes on my Ravelry project page. This is one project I WILL be wearing!  I love the color.

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One more exploration of star stitch in the round, an improvised bracelet.

You would think this stitch might be perfect for working in the round, but the two row version of star stitch is hard to join without leaving holes. I searched for tips on it and didn’t find that much.

EmmeClair Crochet has a youtube video that discusses this and how she deals with joining the stitch. I found it somewhat helpful but still the join is not perfect in my work though much improved from a standard join.

I hope to publish more often, time slips away.  I have a lot of crochet snowflakes for my 2018 snowflake roundup that need to be published!




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Corner to Corner Crochet Owl Chart

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I had a wonderful time teaching at Yarncon this year. What a great experience, meeting so many talented crafty people and seeing all the beautiful yarns for sale. My thanks to Natalia and all the folks at Team Yarncon for putting on such a great event!

One of the classes I taught was a corner to corner (c2c) crochet class. We had a great time learning the diagonal box stitch and then making a heart design from a chart. While preparing for the class I came up with this owl design, but some friends said it didn’t look very owly. I set it aside, but decided to bring the sample along to Yarncon. My students thought it did look like an owl, which encouraged me to share the chart for this project.

This is only the chart, if you don’t already know how to work diagonal box stitch I would refer you to this excellent article on c2c crochet from 1 dog wolf.

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I used an H (5 mm) hook and Vanna’s Choice worsted weight yarn in the following colors.

background: blue (dusty blue)
owl: brown (barley)
eyes: white (oatmeal)
bill: orange (terracotta)

As you work the color changes refer to the chart. Increase rows are numbered with black, decrease rows are numbered with purple. The arrows on the chart indicate which direction to read each row.

Finished size about 8″ square.

Khristina Preneta, who attended my c2c class at Yarncon, made this beautiful pillow using the heart square we made in class. Thanks Khristina for sending the photo!

Khristina's c2c project

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Springtime at YarnCon

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It’s spring, which means it must be time for YarnCon, Chicago’s Indie Fiber Fair held April 7 & 8 at Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall.

Above is my Skinny Mint Tunisian Scarf, featuring some of the stitches covered in my Introduction to Tunisian Crochet Lace class. It’s an intermediate class, but if you take the Beginning Tunisian Crochet class you’ll be good to go for the lace class. Both classes are offered on Saturday and Sunday. You can click the link for more details and to sign up online.

This is my 5th year teaching at YarnCon and I always look forward to teaching and then  checking out the Indie dyers, spinners, and all the fiber vendors in the main hall.

I’ll also be teaching a new workshop on Corner-to-Corner or C2C crochet on Saturday.  Take a new direction and approach your projects on the diagonal, a great way to show off those popular cake yarns.

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Shown above, C2C scarf made with one Caron Cake. I can’t wait to try this with one of the beautiful hand dyed cake yarns available at YarnCon.

If you are in the Chicago area check out YarnCon for a fun day of fiber.





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A Starflake for the New Year

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Coming off snowflake mania I needed to let myself down gently. I found the pattern for this cool Starflake Mandala on the Loopy Stitch blog. It’s a bit of a cross between snowflake and mandala. I used Patons Grace, a sport weight cotton yarn, and 2.75 mm crochet hook for this. Check my Ravelry project page for colors used and all the technical details.

To tell the truth, I did make a starflake during snowflake season using size 10 crochet thread. Starflakes_1740

As you can see it’s quite a bit smaller, it’s ok but I think it looks nicer in the sportweight yarn. You can see the project details for the thread one here.

These were fun to make and I’d definitely recommend trying the pattern in DK or Sport weight yarn.






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Snowflake Roundup 2017 continued

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It’s hard to believe it’s spring already and I haven’t finished my snowflake update. Above is a picture of many I made to give away in 2017.

Here’s a Ravelry link to the project pages for each individual snowflake shown. You can find the pattern links there as well as the yarn and hook sizes I used. You need to be a member of Ravelry to view it. You can join Ravelry for free and you’ll get a prompt to join when you click the link above if you’re not a member.

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Ok, it’s on to spring! Here’s cute sun motif. I decided to make it a hanging ornament. The pattern is available free on Caracol blog and is written in English as well as Spanish! I used cotton sport weight yarn for it and it measures about 2.75″ in diameter. You can see more details on my Ravelry project page. It’s a cute and fast project to make. Give it a try if you’re feeling in the mood for some sun.



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Snowflake Roundup 2017 Feeling Blue

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This year winter I mixed it up a bit and went on a little blue spree, making snowflakes to give to friends.

I decided to search online for new patterns, and I really like to work from charts. After seeing one chart on a Russian site I decided to search Russian snowflake patterns. To do this I googled “translate English to Russian”, then entered crochet snowflake into the English box. I cut and pasted the Russian translation, with the Russian characters, and pasted them into a Google search. Then I browsed the results.

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The snowflake above is from  These patterns are only charted. Technical details are on my Ravelry project page

another kluba snowflake blue

Another one from a Russian website The thread for both of these flakes was a thrift store find, Southmaid size 10 crochet cotton. It’s a nice thread, if you stumble upon it I’d recommend grabbing it. My Ravelry project page link.

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A dear Ravelry friend gave me this thread, DMC cotton lustre and the pattern for this snowflake as a gift. The pattern is from Crochet Snowflakes red a digital book by Petra Tornack-Zimmerman. This is not free but well worth the few dollars spent for 9 snowflakes with charts and written instructions. Details on my Ravelry project page.

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The snowflake above is from Tornack-Zimmerman’s digital book Crochet Snowflakes vol 2 blue. It’s one of my favorites, looks great once blocked. Ravelry project page. I would highly recommend both of these pattern collections.

puff snowflake blue

The flake above is kind of sloppily blocked. The pattern is from a tumbler blog post. I like the pattern a lot, it works up quickly and looks nice in different sized yarns. See my Ravelry project page for dimensions etc.

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Rest in Peace, Louie “the Lion”. He enjoyed 19 beautiful years with us and will be missed.



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Solar Eclipse Coaster

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Inspired by the upcoming Solar Eclipse in the U.S. I have designed a solar eclipse coaster pattern.

Happy eclipse watching.

Solar Eclipse Totality Coaster by Kathy Kelly

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Finished size, about 4.25” in diameter
Yarn: Small amounts of sport or dk weight cotton yarn in black, yellow and orange. I used Patons Grace in Night, Fiesta and Sunkist

2.25 mm (B) crochet hook

US Terminology used throughout
ch = chain   sc = single crochet  dc = double crochet  hdc = half double crochet
tr = treble crochet  sl st = slip stitch  st = stitch
picot: ch 3, sl st into first ch made

This is worked in the round without turning and joined at the end of each round.

Ch 3 at beginning of rounds counts as a stitch.

There is a chart at end of this post.

With Night (black)
Round 1) ch 4, 11 dc into first ch made. Join with sl st to top of ch. 12 sts
Round 2) ch 3, dc in same st, (2 dc in next st) repeat around. Join with sl st to top of ch. 24 sts
Round 3) ch 3, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of chain. 36 sts
Round 4) ch 3, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc in each of next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) repeat around. Join with sl st in top of chain. 48 sts
Round 5) ch 3, dc in same st, dc in each of next 3 sts, (2dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) around. Join with sl st in top of chain. 60 sts  Fasten off black.
Round 6) join Sunkist (yellow) in last st made.
ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, (sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st) repeat around. Join with sl st to first sc. 72 sts Fasten off yellow.
Round 7) join Fiesta (orange) in last st made.
ch 1 working into each st around, *sc, hdc, dc, (2 hdc in one st), hdc, sc, hdc, (dc, picot, dc) into one st, hdc, 4 sc, (hdc, picot, hdc) into one st, dc, hdc, sc, (sc, picot). Repeat from * one time.
**sc, hdc, dc, (tr, picot, tr) into one st, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc (dc, picot, dc) into one st, hdc, hdc, sc, hdc, (2 hdc in one st), dc, (sc, picot), sc. Repeat from ** once. Join with sl st into beginning sc. Fasten off. Weave in ends and block if desired.

NOTE: there was an error in the written instructions for round 2, it has been corrected. 9/14/2017

© 2017 Kathy Kelly for personal use only. Please do on copy or distribute but do feel free to link to this blog. Enjoy solar eclipse chart

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Murakami Flower

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Last week I was totally flattened by an exhibit of Takashi Murakami’s work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The use of pop culture references mixed with traditional Japanese cultural influences gives his work great depth.

I wanted a souvenir to take home, but nothing really compares to the real thing. So I decided to crochet my own Murakami style flower.

To start I used the flower head from Happy Sunflower by J.H. Winter that she posted on her blog. This flower had the right proportions but I needed to alter it a bit to make it like Murakami does. I needed to make 12 petals, instead of 13, requiring me to leave out the last two rounds of the center circle to make it fit.

Winter’s pattern was very helpful, explaining how to neatly form the flower center and attach the petals to the center. The most difficult part was making the crazy mouth that is creepy and happy at the same time. I almost got it right, close enough for jazz.

The back side of the flower:

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If you want to see Murakami’s flowers and some info on his art, here’s a link to Artspace showing pictures of a few of his works including brief descriptions. Please note that anything you see online cannot compare to the REAL THING! If you have a chance to see any of his work on display do check it out.

I feel like I learned a lot about Murakami’s art by making this flower. There is more detail in the design than I expected, the eyes with the white reflections, the oddly shaped mouth, the fusion of happy and creepy.

For technical details see my Ravelry project page.

Nature’s flower:




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