Weaving #3: Giant Teneriffe Snowflake (or Mid-Sommer Sun)

Giant Teneriffe snowflake

Right in the middle of writing the tutorial for making Teneriffe Snowflakes (post is here) I started wondering if I could make a simple Teneriffe Snowflake on a knitting loom. So I dropped everything - pulled out the loom and a bit of bulky weight yarn and this is the beautiful result!

(Actually, now that I think of it - grab some fuzzy yellow yarn and use that to make your teneriffe - a big golden yellow sun to celebrate the summer solstice - Mid-sommer!)

I think most teens would be able to master these. Working with the larger yarn and larger loom made the whole process so much easier!

Looms can be any size really. This one is 7" but even bigger looms could be used. It is best if the number of pegs is divisible by 4 (12, 24, 32, 48) but this particular loom has only 30 pegs; so at the end of the first knot round, I just knotted the single left over web pair with the first knotted pair. Not a problem really.

To make a Teneriffe Snowflake, follow the detailed directions in the tutorial here.

Note: all images in the original Teneriffe Snowflake Tutorial (and this one) appear very large in Flickr - just click to see them larger if needed.

There are only four basic steps to making the Giant Teneriffe Snowflake.

Giant Teneriffe snowflake #1

1. Winding the web! Just like winding a flower loom.

Note: When using this style of loom, knot the yarn on the peg and carry it across the loom to the peg directly opposite and begin winding. Your last web will be wound on the peg just to the right of the knot peg.

Giant Teneriffe snowflake #2

2. Weave the center four rounds.

Refer to the tutorial for a neat trick for weaving on an even number of webs.

Giant Teneriffe snowflake #3

3. First Knot Round! To gather web pairs into clusters of two web pair each.

Knot technique can be found in the tutorial.

Giant Teneriffe snowflake #4

4. Second Knot Round - separates and knots the web yarns to create that pretty edge finish!

Once completed, slip off the pegs using a crochet hook (or if you don't have one - use an ornament hook!)

Cut the yarn that is tied to the peg close to the center. It is secure.

A bit of fabric glue will secure the end of each of the final knots in knot rows one and two if you like.

OK!  Now!  Any great ideas for using or displaying Teneriffe Snowflakes?

I am thinking now of using beads at the knot junctions.  Anyone know of a knot technique for keeping them in place?

I think, if done in a worsted

I think, if done in a worsted weight cotton yarn, these would make a beautiful Christmas table. With a red or green tablecloth you could scatter them on the table, and then at meals use them as hot pads. Beauty and function all in one. This is what is going on my trip! Who knows with 30 hours total of driving time I might make enough for Christmas gifts. I'm going to dig out my circular looms and see if I have two appropriate sizes for variety.

Oh goodie!  i am so pleased

Oh goodie!  i am so pleased you will be trying these big "snowflakes"!  

While I was weaving the "tutorial model" I actually was thinking - "hot pad".  But in the bulky yarn - that "bump " created during the weaving process is a bit too much for use in this way.  But I think your cotton worsted would be a perfect hot pad!!!  LOVE you are thinking Christmas!!!

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