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.

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FREE Merino Thick & Thin Newborn Hat Patterns

Newborn photographs are one of the most treasured keepsakes you will ever have so you must have the right props. The fresh and delicateness of newborn life is embraced with the uniqueness of Merino Thick & Thin yarn but it doesn’t take away from the focus of the newborn.

Crocheting with custom dyed yarn will not only result in a new love of yarn to crochet with, but you will also find these hats to work up quick. As you crochet you will feel the luxuriousness of the yarn in your fingers and be so excited to put it on a newborn baby.

Three Different Merino Hat Styles To Choose From

Each hat design has a different personality, but they all share the sweet look to them. The uniqueness of the thick and thin yarn creates almost a bubble like look to the fabric that is crocheted. It naturally tightens and loosens between each stitch.

The Merino Thick & Thin Hat pattern styles that I will be sharing with you include a Pixie Hat, a traditional Beanie and a Pixie Bonnet style.

Which style do you want to make? The great thing about these patterns is the minimal amount of thick & thin yarn they use. For Instance, with one 90 yard skein, I was able to make one hat of each design.


Newborn Merino Pixie Hat Pattern

You will need the following supplies:

  • about 28 yards of Merino Thick & Thin Yarn
  • Crochet Hook N (9.00 mm)
  • Measuring Tape, Yarn Needle, Scissors
  • Optional: Button

Crochet Pattern for Pixie Hat

  1. Ch 3, 4 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, join in the top of beginning ch 2 (5 st counting beginning ch 2 as a stitch now and throughout pattern)
  2. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each st around, join (6 sts there was a 1 stitch increase)
  3. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in next st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st], repeat [] around, join (9)
  4. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 2 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around, join (12)
  5. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 3 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 3 sts], repeat [] around, join (15)
  6. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in next st, [2hdc in next st, hdc in next st], repeat [] until 1 st remains, hdc in last st, join (22)
  7. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 6 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 7 sts, 2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 6 sts, join (25)
  8. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  9. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  10. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  11. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25), fasten off and weave in all ends
  12. Optional: add button

Hat dimensions / folded flat: Width = 6 inches, Height = 7 inches


Newborn Merino Basic Beanie Hat Pattern

You will need the following supplies:

  • About 25 yards of Merino Thick & Thin Yarn
  • Crochet Hook N (9.00 mm)
  • Measuring Tape, Yarn Needle, Scissors

Crochet Pattern for the Basic Beanie:

  1. Ch 3, 9 hdc in 3rd ch from hook, join in the top of beginning ch 2 (10 sts counting beginning ch 2 now and throughout pattern)
  2. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, 2hdc in each st around, join (20)
  3. Ch 2, hdc in same st as join, hdc in each of next 2 sts, [2hdc in next st, hdc in each of the next 2 sts], repeat [] around, join (25)
  4. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  5. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  6. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  7. Ch 2, hdc in each st around, join (25)
  8. Ch 1, sc in each st around, join (25), fasten off and weave in all ends

Hat dimensions / folded flat: Width = 6 inches, Height = 5 inches


Newborn Merino Bonnet Pattern

You will need the following supplies:

  • About 35 yards of Merino Thick & Thin Yarn
  • Crochet Hook N (9.00 mm)
  • Measuring Tape, Yarn Needle, Scissors

Crochet Pattern for the Bonnet

  1. Ch 14, hdc in the 3rd chain from hook, hdc in each remaining ch, rotate work (you will now continue your hdc in the opposite side of the ch), hdc in each ch to end, turn (26 counting beginning ch now and throughout hat)
  2. Ch 2, hdc in each st to end of row, turn (26)
  3. Ch 2, hdc in first 11 sts, dc3tog, hdc in remaining 11 st, turn (24)
  4. Ch 2, hdc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, hdc in remaining 10 st, turn (22)
  5. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (22)
  6. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (22)
  7. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn (22)
  8. Ch 2, hdc in each st across, fasten off and weave in ends
  9. Continue to tassel instructions

Adding Braid / Ties & Tassels to the Bonnet

There are 2 options that I have used for the ties and/or tassels. I usually use whichever one I have enough yarn for. If you are running short of yarn, check out the top row of images in the above graphics. Those hats demonstrate the ties/braid option resulting in using less yarn because they feature a small braid and small tassels. However, in the bottom image there are longer tassels with no braid.

Ties / Braid Option: Begin to create this option by taking 2 strands of yarn and measure about 3 feet long, then fold the yarn in half. At the fold, join with a slst in the front lower corner of the bonnet. After that step, complete as many chains as possible leaving enough yarn for a small tassel (usually about 15-22 chains), tie them off and trim up the tassels to have even ends.

Tassel Only Option: To complete the longer tassels, take the remaining yarn and fold it in half, continue folding in half until you have about 4, 6 or 8 strands, just make sure it is an even number. Split them in half and then place them in 2 separate piles. Take the first pile and fold those strands in half, now, at the fold, pull through the front lower corner of the bonnet. Continue by tying tightly with a scrap piece of yarn around the folded area and then repeat on the other side with the second group of measured out strands.


More Newborn Pattern You May LOVE

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. The group is a ton of fun and I encourage everyone to share their projects, WIPS (works in progress) and inspirations. In addition to being a member, 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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