Free American Flag Applique – Crochet Pattern

I love crocheting appliques to add a personal touch to a crochet piece whether it is a hat, blanket, sweater, handbag or really anything. When I first started selling crocheting hats, a photographer wanted me to make them a hat with an American Flag on it.

American Flag Applique

As much as I love crocheting appliques, getting details can be tricky. When you crochet an American Flag one detail you must have is the 13 stripes. Trying to get 13 stripes even with a fine yarn is pretty difficult to get it to fit onto a newborn hat.

Because yarn wasn’t working I tried to find #10 thread but I only had red and white in my stash and the right shade of blue I couldn’t get locally. Trying to come up with a solution I noticed my daughters friendship bracelet kit in the corner. Sure enough, she had a bundle of each color I needed.

Floss for American Flag Applique

Making the Hat

I started by making a newborn hat using my FREE basic hat pattern you can find by clicking HERE. I made the newborn size with no ear flaps and made one change on the final row, instead of a row of single crochet I worked my final row in reverse single crochet.

American Flag Newborn hat

American Flag Applique Pattern

To make the applique I used the following supplies:

  • Embroidery Floss/Thread in Red, White & Blue
  • Crochet Hook 1 (2.75 mm)
  • Needle

Final Applique Size

  • 1 ¾” High
  • 2 ¾” Wide

Stitches and Abbreviations in the pattern are:

  • Ch = Chain
  • Sc = Single Crochet
  • St = Stitch
  • R = Row

Instructions

The American Flag Applique will be made by working the blue section first.

  • R1: in blue, Ch 8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, turn (7)
  • R2-7: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (7) fasten off after row 7 leaving  6”of thread.

The next piece will be made as one but will alternate between red and white. It is easiest to bury the color not being used under the sc then bringing it up at the end of the row.

  • R1: with red, Ch 10, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, turn (9)
  • R2: with white, Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (9)
  • R3: with red, Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (9)
  • R4-7: repeat rows 2 & 3
  • R8: with white, Ch 1, sc in each st across, now place your blue square next to the striped piece and continue with sc across 7 of blue piece (continue to bury the red thread so you can pick it up in R9), turn (16)

Using yarn end of the blue thread, sew up the opening between the two pieces.

  • R9: with red, Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (16)
  • R10: with white, Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (16)
  • R11: with red, Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (16)
  • R12: with white, Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn (16) fasten off white thread
  • R13: with red, Ch 1, sc in each st across, fasten off red thread (16)
  • Weave in all ends
American Flag Applique

Sewing the Applique Onto the Crochet Piece

Sewing on the applique to your crochet piece may be frustrating at time to get it to lay right, but more importantly so that it looks professional without being able to see the stitching on the backside of your work. I created a video tutorial on how to do this easy technique and you can watch it by clicking HERE.

Other Applique Patterns You May Love:

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Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up to Brighten Your Day

Sloths are known for their slowness in movements, have you ever felt a little bit like a sloth? I have been feeling a little sluggish, it may be the dreary weather, the business of life, the need to take a break.

Whatever the reason is, these Sloth patterns cheered up my day. Seeing how cute their little grins are as they hang upside down just makes me giggle. I hope you enjoy seeing some of my favorite sloth patterns today.

Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up

15 Fun Sloth Facts According to Global Animal

  1. Sloths are clumsy on land but are great swimmers.
  2. Sloths are arboreal animals, so they spend most of their time in trees.
  3. They only urinate/defecate once a week.
  4. Contrary to their reputation, sloths only sleep about 10 hours a day.
  5. Sloths defecate and urinate at the same place every time and because of this they are vulnerable to predators.
  6. Algae grow on their fur, which camouflages them green.
  7. Sloths diets consist mostly of leaves which gives them minimal energy and nutrition.
  8. Primary predators of sloths include eagles, snakes, and jaguars.
  9. Sloths can retain their grip after death.
  10. Three-toed sloths can turn their heads almost 360 degrees.
  11. Sloths are nocturnal animals.
  12. Sloths have up to four-inch-long claws used to hold onto tree branches.
  13. They are solitary creatures who only gather to mate.
  14. Female sloths are normally pregnant for seven to 10 months and will only give birth to one baby.
  15. Sloths can live up to 40 years old.

Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up

Sloth Crochet Pattern Round Up

I've been feeling a little bit like a sloth lately, just barely moving along. Sloths are so loved because we can all relate to them a little bit. That is why these Sloth crochet patterns will melt your heart when you see them.

More Round Ups You Will Love

Darling Animal Appliques: click HERE

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Skull & Crossbones – Free Crochet Applique Pattern

When I first started my blog (almost 8 years ago), I posted a simple Skull & Crossbones applique pattern. A few years ago when I switched to a new website that post just vanished, I couldn’t find it anywhere. However, I kept getting requests for the pattern. After digging through files I was finally able to locate it, so today is your lucky day!

Skull & Crossbones Applique

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You can make the applique in any yarn weight, just use a hook at least 1 size smaller than the recommended size on the yarn label. For the sample above, I used Red Heart Comfort (#4 weight) yarn and crochet Hook H (5.0 mm). The yarn weight and crochet hook size will affect the final size of your applique.

Completed Size of Sample Applique is

Using Hook H (5 mm)

R1: Ch 3, 12 dc in 3rd ch from hook, join with a slst in top of first dc (12 counting beg ch 2)

note: pull starting strand of yarn to close the hole made by the stitches (or you can begin with a magic circle if you prefer)

R2: Ch 2, dc in same st you joined in, dc in next st, ch 2, slst in same st as last dc (this makes the lower part of the jaw), slst in next 2 sts, [ch 6, slst in the back bar of the 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, slst in the back bar of the 3rd ch from hook, slst in the back bar of remaining 3 chs working back down to the skull, slst in the same st you beg the crossbone in], slst in the next st, repeat [], slst in next 5 sts, repeat [], slst in next 2 sts, repeat [], slst in last 2 sts, fasten off leaving a long tail of yarn to sew applique onto desired crochet piece.

Skull & Crossbone Crochet Applique

Sew Applique On with Invisible Stitches

Now that you have a fun applique you need to sew it onto something. This can be applied to a hat, scarf end, pillow, bag, blanket and so many more items. The trick is to sew the applique on invisibly so you cannot see the stitching on the back side. Follow this tutorial below, I will show you how to do just that.

All Boy Applique Crochet Pattern

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Living in a house of All Boys (well mostly) and am always on the lookout for a way to show off their rough and tuff personality. I was in search of a way to really personalize the crochet hats I was making them.
 
Growing up on a Farm, I thought immediately of tractors and farm equipment. Adding the cute applique to a hat was an immediate favorite and I had to send it off to one of my photographers that I work with. 
 
Tractor Applique Crochet Hat

All Tractors for All Boys

The popular green tractor came out so cute. However, my Dad had a blue tractor when I was really young and then a red one, therefore, I had to whip up a couple more to see how they would look. 

Tractor Appliques Crochet

Too Cute to Stop, Continue with more All Boy Appliques

I loved creating the tractor appliques so much that I had to keep on going. Designing more rough and tuff vehicles including the following: 

  • Tractor
  • Bulldozer
  • Dump Truck
  • Pick Up Truck
  • Sailboat
  • Train Engine
  • Rocket / Spaceship
  • Helicopter
  • Airplane

All Boy Appliques

All Boy Applique Details and Where to Get the Patterns

The All Boy Appliques are made using worsted weight yarn and a crochet hook G. Ranging from 2-3″ the appliques are small but adjusting the hook size and/or the weight of the yarn could affect how big/small they turn out. 
 
The appliques are great for children’s hats, as shown in the photos, but could be added to any crochet piece like: blankets, sweaters, scarves and so much more.
 
All Boy Applique Crochet Patterns
 
The appliques are sold as a set so you get all 9 patterns with your order. The pattern is sold in all my shops and you can find them by clicking the links below: 
 
 
 
All Boy Applique Crochet Patterns
 

Tips for Sewing on Appliques

Appliques can add so much detail to a crochet project, but only if you are able to sew them on in a professional way. The back of the crochet piece still needs to look nice from the back side. After years of crocheting and through much trial and error, I decided to share with you how I sew on my appliques.

I hope the video tutorial is helpful and allows you to elevate the quality of your crochet pieces. If you like the video and would like to see more, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel by clicking the “subscribe” button on my page HERE.

More Crochet Fun

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However, if you would enjoy a more interactive group experience, you need to join my Crochet & Conversations facebook group, click HERE. It is a ton of fun and I encourage everyone to share their projects, WIPS (works in progress) and inspirations. Plus you get exclusive deals, are the first to see new releases, give input on designs and have opportunities to win patterns. Join now and get to know others who also enjoy the art of crochet.

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