Saturday, June 21, 2014

Star Spangled Banner


red white and blue crochet stars

red crochet starThis American flag inspired banner is an easy project you can whip up to use as a decoration for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any other patriotic American holiday featuring our nation's flag. It's also a great way to use up any scrap yarn you have in red, white, and blue. You can adjust this banner to be as short or as long as you desire by making more or less stars. I used red, white, and blue yarn to tie the crochet stars together leaving the ends as hanging tassels, but you could use festive flag ribbon for a slightly different look. 

Material:
I hook (5.50 mm)
Medium worsted yarn in red, white, and blue. I used scraps of red, white, and blue Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
Finished length: approximately 4'5", this will vary upon how tightly you crochet your stitches. Fortunately, gauge doesn't matter in this project.


Abbreviations:
ch: chain stitch
dc: double crochet
sc: single crochet
slst: slip stitch
st: single stitch

Instructions:
Star pattern
ch 4, join with a slst to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1, * sc into the ring,  ch 4, repeat from * four more times, slst in first sc. You should have 5 ch 4 loops.

Round 2:  ch 1, * skip sc, slst into ch 4 loop, sc into loop, ch 3, sc into loop, slst into loop, repeat from * four more times, join with a slst

Round 3: ch 1, * skip slst stitch, slst into the next 2 stitches, 2 sc in the middle ch in the ch 3 loop (this will create the point in the start), slst into the next 3 stitches, repeat from * four more times, join with a slst and fasten off. Weave in the ends.

Make 4 red stars, 4 white stars, and 3 blue stars.

If you plan on blocking your stars, do so prior to joining them together.

Joining the stars and making your banner.
Cut ten 6 inch long strips of yarn in each color. Take one strip in each color, weave through points of the two stars you're joining together and tie in a double knot. Tie a single knot on each of the strands hanging from the double knot. Do this until all stars are joined together to form a line.

Cut two 12 inch long strips of yarn in each color. Take one strip of each color, tie a knot at one end to join the three strands together. Braid the strips together to make one strand. Weave through the end star's point and tie to the strand to create a loop. Create another braided strand for the other end of the banner.

Hang up and enjoy the splendor of your crafty work. Also drop a note and a picture of your finished product in the comments below. I love looking at all the lovely crochet work you all do out there.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

NOTE: This pattern is free to use, but please give credit where credit is due. If you're sharing this pattern, please link back to this page. You're free to sell the product you make from this pattern.

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