Here are snaps of some of the crochet projects that I finished in June 2018. I have other projects that were started and some that are in the works, but more on those later.
What did you have on your hook and needles last month?
Today we will turn this pile of crochet parts – –
Into this finished hanging – –
Previously, in creating our Crochet Flag Hanging, we did this Flying the Flag and then we did this A Stick and Some Stripes. Now we get to combine all of of our bits and pieces into this final, finished project. Your project won’t look exactly like mine, and that is a good thing because is is yours!!
Step One (Optional): Have your project pieces approved by your fur baby.Step Two: Lay out the pieces for assembly (Note: the arrangement is actually face down). The short stripes start and end with red along the edge of the blue Union field. Step Three: Working from the backside, sew your stripes onto the blue Union. I only wove in one end, and kept the other end for this purpose.
Step Four: To attach the long stripes to the flag, you will need a support piece (sorry, forgot to mention this earlier). You may use a length of ribbon, or as I did, crochet a strip of foundation half-double crochet (fhdc). Step Five: After attaching the Union, continue with the stripes, beginning with white and alternating with red. Step Six: This is optional, but I decided to sew the first long white stripe to the Union for additional stability.
Step Seven: Attach your completed flag to its hanger.
What you do will vary. You can sew your flag onto a stick or rod, use nails or clips, or as I did, some strong glue. I chose to use Outdoor Mod Podge because there was some on-hand (no need to go and purchase any supplies – YES!!). Make sure you are applying any adhesive to the FRONT side of your flag along the top vertical ribbon and don’t be stingy with the glue. Your hanging stick will be on top of the flag. Please make sure that the blue Union is to the LEFT.
Step Eight: If using a liquid adhesive, be sure to check dry times. I allowed about 24 hours to be on the save side. Turn flag to right side, Union will be on the left and attach string or other hanging device as needed. I used twine, from a dollar store, that was left over from a prior project.
Step Nine: Your flag is now ready for display.
Step Ten: Take some pics and share your talents and patriotism with others! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Once you’ve decided on a stitch pattern for the Union (blue part of flag) you will also need to make the stripes and obtain a stick for hanging. This is your project, so be creative and make it your own!
For my hanging stick, I took a walk outside and found a nice sized tree branch (no living trees were harmed in the making of this project). Since the branch had been on the ground for a while, I washed and scrubbed it well then put in the lowest setting of my oven to dry and clean by heating the wood through. My stick isn’t perfect, it has some bends and cracks and knotty parts, which makes me like it all the more.
If you don’t care for the “rustic natural” look of a branch you could also use a dowel rod, broom handle, clothes hanger – the type with clips (or not). Anything that will suspend the hanging will work! I have a piece of copper tubing from another project, and I could use that (I just now remembered that I have the unused length stashed in my craft room).
Now that we have part of the display covered, it’s onto the STRIPES!! If you weren’t good in history, the American flag has 13 stripes that represent the original 13 colonies. I decided to follow the standard U.S. flag. Which means I will need the following:
For my hanging, I decided to use three different stitch patterns to make one of each of the standard stripes as noted above.
A fourth pattern will be needed for the additional short red stripe, or repeat another pattern. My long stripes are roughly twice as long as the short, but I did not measure the stripes or count rows. If they come out a little uneven, that will just add to the charm of the project.
This project is representational art so go with what works for you. If you really need everything to be exact, then measure and count away. Want more or less stripes, not a problem – – this is your project (which is why I’m not writing a pattern just giving a general project outline).
I’m still working on my stripes, but this is what I have finished so far – –
Up next: Assembly and Display
This is not my original idea, but I was inspired by a photo I saw on Hillary’s Hook Crochet Along Group, a sister page to Hillary’s Hook on Facebook.
However, Hillary was also inspired by another image from Meg Made With Love. Click photo for Meg’s project information.
Instead of just copying what someone else created, I decided to use their idea as an inspiration for my own hanging. My project is currently in the works, and began with a little bit of research on the American Flag and reviewing stitch patterns to utilize.
The Union, that’s the blue field with 50 stars, is part one of my version and is stitched with the Arcade Shell Stitch. This stitch can be found on page 58 of Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula.
I wanted to have 50 “stars” in my version, so following pattern instructions I chained 38. While creating the fabric, I realized that I goofed because the first complete row of “stars” was one less than I anticipated. To get 50 “stars” in this pattern, I should have chained 44. My prototype flag hanging will have a “star” missing. Opps!
So, that’s the first part. Now to begin the stripes . . .