Snowflake Bentley Crocheted Coasters


One fond memory I have of when my daughter was young was learning about snowflakes with her. We read the book Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and watched the excellent video of the same title by Spellbound Productions and Weston Woods for Scholastic.

Wilson A. Bentley spent his life studying little things. His mother gave him his first microscope when he was 12 years old (1877) and his family spent all their savings to buy him a camera attached to a microscope when he was 19 years old (1884). He studied weather and ice crystals for the next 50 years of his life. He was a pioneer of microphotography and became a naturalist/scientist FARMER. (Only in America, right?) He died in 1931, shortly after the publication of his only book–Snow Crystals.

Did you know that most snowflakes have six points? I thought about this as I crocheted the granny hexagons featured in my blog, “Yarn Scraps and Winter Weather.“  I thought these would make great snowflake coasters. All I would have to do is make a picot (chain three and slip stitch in third chain from hook) in each corner between the two sets of three double crochet in place of the usual chain one. Here is a link to the YouTube video on how to crochet the basic granny hex unit.

I think this would make a fine homeschool unit study or 4-H crochet project, or you could just read the books, watch the video, and crochet the coasters for your own enjoyment! Begonia

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