Sunday, January 22, 2017

Samantha Melnychuk's Kaleidoscope Snowflake

From A Veritable Tatted Blizzard by Samantha Melnychuk, the inward facing chains of this snowflake make an unusual straight-sided hexagon. I love the shape and the unusual structure, but with my tension (or possibly my blocking - her chains curve more) the double rings and the straight sides are a little crowded - I could modify it by increasing the number of stitches so the rings sit higher, or I could reduce to a single ring... 
Samantha Melnychuk_Kaleidoscope Snowflake

But a third option is to change the tip entirely to get it up out of the way.  I tried to mimic the style and reflect the shapes already in the snowflake; I am pleased with how it came out.
Samantha Melnychuk_Kaleidoscope Snowflake_variation by Sarah Nielson

While Samantha is no longer tatting and her books are out of print, I learned that she found a box with a few unsold copies of her books, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you are interested, please contact her directly at smelnychuk at gmail dot com.  Her three books are:
  • A Veritable Tatted Blizzard
  • The Psychedelic Shuttle
  • Teeny Tatted Snowflakes
(If you contact her and learn any of these books are sold out, please comment below so I can update the post!)


  1. Oh I love what you've done with that! Beautiful job and gorgeous Josephine's knots!!

    1. Thank you!

      It's fortunate that the occasional Josephine that would...not...close is hidden by pulling the first stitch of the next chain tight. ;)

  2. I've often wondered about her as she came to Shuttlebirds only once, a very long time ago. Thanks for the info about her books.

  3. I like both versions. Neither of them is run-of-the-mill.

  4. The original is a very unique motif, but I love how your points make it look more like a snowflake!! :) Awesome job!!! :)

  5. Your adaptation is absolutely stunning !
    The hexagon is pretty, too - would work well as the center of a doily.

  6. I love your dramatic innovation! Your work is beautiful. You are pushing me toward my bucket list goal to teach myself to tat...