Well, I need to crochet some flags (not big, for a bunting) for an upcoming event in school : International Day !!!! Being Italian, I have to think about a decoration good for all Europe, so I thought about some blue european flags….
No problem to crochet the flags : a rectangle is fast done with some single or double crochets, but the Europe flag has in its centre a circle made of stars….
So I started a research on Pinterest for a crochet pattern including both a circle and a rectangle, but no luck…. sigh! I found, instead, patterns for circles in squares….. Then, I decided to develop one of this patterns into a rectangle : I obtained what I needed !!!!
….. still need to think about the stars to embroider on my blue flags, but I think some little straight stitches will do !!!! ;oD
WHAT YOU NEED ???
- a hook : 4mm for my yarn. Choose the right hook for the yarn you intend to use for your rectangles!!!
- yarn : I've worked two strands together of this "royal" blue of MIRAGE, a 4 ply yarn from Elle yarns (100% acrylic) from South Africa. Each ball weighs 25g.
- a pair of scissors
- a yarn needle
- a stitch marker (optional)
About the pattern that I've followed for the circle in a square, you can find it HERE. It's a brief photo tutorial written by Dorien (thank you!!!), who owns a blog named after herself : Just-Do. If you want, Dorien wrote even a tutorial for a bigger square : large circle in a square, tutorial.
I've followed the pattern/photo tutorial ( but I didn't use the magic ring : chained 4 and made a ring with a slip stitch in the first chain ) and these pics will show you my progress :
The first 5 rounds are done, but, as I told you before, I need a rectangle ….
…. to have the same one on the left in the above picture, I've added 2 extra rounds to Doriens' pattern : round 6 and 7 ! Note that : I follow US crochet terms and that, in this specific case, I don't change colours in my work, because my flags all have a blue background! Obviously, you can adapt the pattern for a colourful version, instead!!!
My photo tutorial starts from :
ROUND 6 :
After the last slip stitch, used to close the last round (5th), you need to chain 3
then, crochet 1 DC into next 7 stitches (total : 7 DCs)
now 1 DC in the corner (2 DCs, chain1, 2 DCs of 5th round)
rotate to the right (90˙) your work
and crochet 2 SCs along the last DC you worked (the one in the corner)
add 1 SC in the first stitch you find
and work 1 SC into the following 12 stitches (total : 12 SCs)
In the corner, crochet 1 SC
and crochet 2 DCs in the same corner
then, crochet 1 DC into the following 12 stitches (total : 12 DCs)
add 1 DC in the next corner
rotate to the right (90˙) your motif and work 2 SCs along the last DC done
and crochet 1 SC in the corner (sorry for the bad quality of the pic)
work 1 SC in the following 12 stitches (total : 12 SCs)
1 SC in the corner ( sorry again !!!!)
work 2 DCs in the same corner
crochet 1 DC in the following 4 stitches (total : 4 DCs)
make a slip stitch at the top of the initial chain 3
and this is what you have (on the right) compared with what you need to reach (on the left)
This is end of round 6 !
ROUND 7 :
chain 3 to start the round
crochet 1 DC into the following 7 stitches (total : 7 DCs)
work 1 DC in the corner (kind of)
then crochet another DC in the space between the previous chain 1 and first sc of round 6
rotate to the right (90˙) your motif and crochet 2 SCs along the last DC done
work 1 SC in the following 16 stitches (total : 16 SCs)
crochet 2 SCs around previous chain 4
crochet 2 DCs in the corner ( sorry for the bad quality of the picture!)
work 1 DC in the following 13 stitches (total : 13 DCs)
crochet 1 DC in the corner (kind of)
then another DC between the previous chain 1 and SC
chain 1 and rotate to the right (90˙) your work
crochet 2 SCs along the last DC and crochet 1 SC in each following stitch (total : 2+16=18 SCs)
work 2 SCs around chain 4
work 2 DCs into last corner
crochet 1 DC in the following 5 stitches (total : 5 DCs)
work a slip stitch on the top of the chain 3 of the beginning of the last round : YOU DID IT !!!
round 7 is completed as your rectangle, too ….
…. next week, I will add the stars !!!!! ;oD
Today links : Link your Stuff !, Craft Schooling Sunday and Busy Fingers Showing Off #60 !!!!