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United States Flag – Free Crochet Pattern

crochet United States flag

This is a pattern I’ve been working on since May. I wanted to create a crochet United States flag with 50 stars and 13 even stripes. It took me a lot of planning and testing to create this and to figure out the placement and spacing for the stars and stripes. I’m happy to say I came up with something that works. I think the stars even look something like actual stars. However, this is only a one-sided flag.

This flag is a pretty quick project. The stars are made with frequent color changes and some strategic placement of the working yarns. Once you get it down, it’s a pretty simple pattern.

But before you get to the pattern, there is something you should know. I know how painful it can be, so I’m warning you in advance. Because of all the color changes, there are a lot of tails to weave in. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. It can’t be helped. But I have faith in you! You can do it! And I think the result will be worth it all.

This flag measures about 7 1/2″ by 14 1/2″. Try making it larger by using a bigger hook and chunky yarn, or use a small hook and fine yarn or thread for a tiny flag.

One more thing before we get started. For those of you who appreciate classical orchestral music and marches in particular, here is a piece that seems to fit. Please take a few minutes to enjoy it. 🙂

United States Flag Crochet Pattern

Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in red, white and blue (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
    • Red: 57 yards
    • White: 58 yards
    • Blue: 29 yards
  • G hook
  • Yarn needle

Gauge

18 sc x 20 rows = 4″x4″

Finished measurements: 7 1/2″ x 14 1/2″

Stitches and Abbreviations

  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Sl st – slip stitch
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • FLO – front loop only
  • BLO – back loop only

Notes

  • Each stripe has 3 rows. Fasten off each color at the end of the 3rd row.
  • The rows of the star field alternate between rows with stars and rows of blue. All the star rows are worked in the same direction.
  • At the end of each star row, fasten off white, leaving a tail about 12 inches long.
  • Don’t fasten off when changing between the blue and the stripes. Instead, carry the colors up in back.
  • Before starting, cut three 35″ lengths of white yarn. These will be used for the stars for rows 23, 29, and 35 to avoid cutting the white yarn in the middle of the stripes.
instructions for stars for crochet United States flag

Flag Pattern

Row 1: With red, ch 66, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (65 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn. (65 sts)

Rows 3-18: Repeat row 2, working the rows in the indicated colors:

Row 3: Red.

Rows 4-6: White.

Rows 7-9: Red.

Rows 10-12: White.

Rows 13-15: Red.

Rows 16-18: White.

Row 19: Change to blue. Ch 1, sc 26, change to red, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 20: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue, sc 26, turn. (65 sts)

Row 21: Ch 1, sc 2, change to white for last pull through. Star sequence: (Pull blue working yarn to side facing you, over white yarn. Holding blue to the right of hook out of the way, sc 1 with white in FLO. Pull blue working yarn across to opposite side of work, behind white working yarn. Insert hook in next st, keeping white yarn to left of hook. Sc 1 with blue, over white yarn. Pull white yarn to side of work facing you. Leaving white yarn on facing side, sc 2 in blue, change to white for last pull-through.) Repeat star sequence 5 times, changing to red for last pull-through (26 sts made). Leave the blue working yarn on the side facing you. With red, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 22: Change to white, ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Sc 2, sc 2 in BLO, *sc 2, making sure to insert hook under white yarn across back of work, sc 2 in BLO. Repeat from * 4 more times. Sc 2, turn. (65 sts)

Row 23: Ch 1, sc 4, change to white for last pull-through. Work star stitch sequence from row 21 5 times, EXCEPT: for last repeat, sc 4 in blue. Change to white, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 24: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Sc 4, sc 2 in BLO, *sc 2, making sure to insert hook under white yarn in back, sc 2 in BLO. Repeat from * 3 times, sc 4, turn. (65 sts)

Row 25: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 21. Change to red, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 26: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Work last 26 sts as in row 22, turn. (65 sts)

Row 27: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 23. Change to red, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 28: Change to white, ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Work last sts as in row 24, turn. (65 sts)

Row 29: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 21. Change to white, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 30: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue, work last 26 sts as in row 22, turn. (65 sts)

Row 31: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 23. Change to red, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 32: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Work last 26 sts as in row 24, turn. (65 sts)

Row 33: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 21. Change to red, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 34: Change to white, ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Work last 26 sts as in row 22, turn. (65 sts)

Row 35: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 23, change to white, sc 39, turn. (65 sts)

Row 36: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Work last 26 sts as in row 24, turn. (65 sts)

Row 37: Ch 1, work first 26 sts as in row 21. Change to red, sc 39, turn.

Row 38: Ch 1, sc 39, change to blue. Work last 26 sts as in row 22, turn.

Row 39: Ch 1, sc 26, change to red, sc 39. Fasten off.

Finishing

Using the long tails left from the star rows, go back along each row and add a top point to each star, according to the pictures. Insert the needle under each lower point of each start and gently pull it out slightly to make it more prominent. Do the same with the blue loop in between the white points. Weave in all the ends.

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