I was contacted by a customer to create an American Flag blanket. I looked on pinterest for inspiration and ideas.
I finally decided I was going to design my own pattern and I have to say I absolutely LOVE the results! There are some pretty fantastic patterns out there so definitely browse around for different ideas.
I wanted to keep the pattern simple because I know for many, the tediousness of a pattern hinders them from starting a project. Honestly, the most “difficult” part of this pattern is the time it takes to attach the stars. But the stars themselves make up in less than 2 minutes each!
This blanket took me appr. 10 hrs to make. I completed it over the course of 2 days. The customer who put in the order wanted it to lay a certain way as well as cover their body completely. I designed it so as to be big enough to throw over a sofa and cover an average size adult.
I used about 5 skeins of yarn 2 Red, 2 Cream and 1 Blue. I was left over with at least 1/4 of a skein from each color. So While the blanket IS large it doesn’t consume a ton of product! Not like the giant Peppermint Swirl Blanket I made!
Here is what I used:
- Hook size K-6.5oMM
- 5 skeins of yarn
- Tapestry Needle
- Glue Gun
The pattern is basically the same as my Chunky Crochet Shrug I made as well as my Chunky Crochet Baby Blanket however the chain stitches and rows are different as well as having to change colors and the stars.
Starting with red CH 173
R1 – DC in the BACK LOOP of the 3rd CH from the hook. Do this all the way across, CH 2 and Turn
R2 – DC in the BACK LOOP all the way across, CH 2 and Turn
Each color will have a total of 6 rows. At the end of the 6th row is when you will change colors. So to know if you’re doing it right all of your tails will be along the same side.
You will continue this pattern for a total of 42 rows
R43 – On this row we will bring in the blue yarn for the star area of the flag. Starting row 43 with the cream or white yarn you will DC in the BACK LOOPS for 88 ST, then you will bring in the BLUE yarn (dropping the cream or white yarn) and continuing in the BACK LOOPS with a DC for the remaining 85 stitches, CH 2, Turn.
***It’s important to realize you are NOT carrying along the yarn when you go from the stripe to the solid blue area. You are simply DROPPING the working color and picking up the new working color strand.
You don’t want to be adding in a new piece every time you go from a stripe to the blue because this will weaken this area of the blanket. Picking up and dropping the yarn was the easiest and strongest way I felt I could add on the blue area. As well as keeping the blanket looking fluid in the stitch design.
You will continue with a repeat of R43 all the way up until you have a total of 60 rows from the bottom to the top.
Now if you wanted your blue area to contain more stars or even 50 stars like the REAL flag you would need to increase this area for another 12 rows giving you a total of 72 rows.
I didn’t think the area needed to be any bigger but use creative freedom and make this area look exactly how you want it to look!
the STAR Pattern:
***Use Same Hook as the Blanket
Using the Magic Circle Method DC 15 inside the circle, SL ST to first DC then CH 5
Working back down the CH 5 you will SL ST in 2nd CH from hook, SC in next CH, HDC in next CH, DC in next CH, skip next 2 DC, SL ST in next DC ST. ***this will be one of five points on the star***repeat this pattern beginning each time at the CH 5 point.
After the last SL St into the DC ST you will tie off the yarn.
Make as many stars as you would like!
Attaching the Stars:
Lay out your stars however you would like. Then using the long tail from your magic circle and a tapestry needle, begin sewing them into place. Be sure to sew in a circle and weave in your ends so your stars are nice and secure.
Taking a hot glue gun proceed to glue down each star point going from the tip of the star down to the center area. This will help to lay the stars flat as well as keeping them looking uniform.
If you don’t want to hot glue them you can easily sew the points down just like you did the center area. I DO NOT recommend only glueing the stars. I think they would eventually come off. It would be best to at least sew the center down!
I really love how this turned out and I think you will enjoy making it too!
If you don’t know how to crochet but would love to own one of these beauties you can purchase one from my Etsy Shop Here!
If you do make a flag blanket using my pattern I simply ask you give credit to this post. You can sell any products you make using my pattern too!
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