When I was 7 years old my mom taught me to crochet. Over the years I’ve made blankets and doll dresses and the like. One year I even crocheted little spirit dresses for teddy bears for my entire color guard.
I go in spurts with crochet. Like any other hobby I get too busy and years go by… but every once in a while I pick it up and get just a teeny bit obsessed. Which is what happened this past month.
One small project that came out of this spurt of crochet creativity was this small stuffed flag toy so I thought I’d share. No… it doesn’t have anything to do with being a good coach… but it’s fun! So for all of you that join me in my crafting passion here’s the first and maybe most simple crochet pattern in a new monthly series on colorguard crafting (oh holy cow… what HAVE I gotten myself into??).
- Size F crochet hook
- One or 2 colors of worsted weight yarn (I used 2 colors (in our school colors) of Vanna’s Choice Yarn by LionBrand but any regular weight yarn will do provided both colors are the same type of yarn)
- small amount of stuffing
Make 2 (one in each color or both in the same color) of the single flag shapes below.
Pattern for Single Flag Shape
Chain 26, turn
row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and ever chain after (25)
row 2 & 3: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (25)
row 4: sc in next 14 sc, ch1, turn (14)
row 5, 6, 7: sc in next 14 sc, ch1, turn (14)
row 8: sc in next 13 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch1, turn (15)
row 9: sc in next 13 sc, sc last 2 stitches together*, ch1, turn (14)
row 10 – 14: sc in each sc across, ch1, turn (14)
row 15: sc in next 13 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch1, turn (15)
row 16: sc in next 13 sc, sc last 2 sc together, ch1, turn (14)
row 17-18: sc in each sc across (14)*
row 19: sc in next 13 sc, 2 sc in last sc, ch1, turn (15)
row 20: sc in each sc across, finish off (15)
*to sc 2 stitches together insert hook into first stitch, wrap yarn and pull through so you now have 2 loops on hook then insert hook into next stitch, wrap yarn and pull through (you now have 3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook
Crochet the 2 shapes together and stuff!
You can use either the same or coordinating yarn to crochet your 2 shapes together. I chose to do the front of my flag in one color and the back piece in a coordinating color (so I could use our team colors). I then used the back color to join the 2 pieces together so that when I held my flag with the pole on the left and silk to the right I would see the 2 coordinating spirit colors together.
(Quick Note: If you’d like to make these as team gifts you could stop at this point and quickly embroider a name or graduation year on the flag using yarn and a yarn needle. I chose to leave mine blank but this would be the time to do it – before joining the 2 sides together).
Here’s how I joined the sides:
- Hold the 2 layers together making sure to line up stitches from back to front.
- Join with slip stitch through both layers to top corner. Chain 1
- sc in that stitch and each stitch around.
- Each time you come to a corner do 3 sc in that stitch to create a nice corner
- When you get to the top of the flag (last section before finishing off) gently stuff the flag. You might want to use a pencil to get the stuffing down into the pole section of the flag. Don’t overstuff as you don’t want stuffing showing through or coming out of overstretched stitches (mine does show through a bit but the 2nd photo below shows what it looks like when overstuffed).
- Continue the sc to close the hole after stuffing.
- Join with slip stitch to first sc.
- Either Finish off or create a loop if you’d like to make your stuffed flag an ornament (my kids loved the idea of it being an ornament). To create a loop simply chain 10 and then make the loop by joining with a slip stitch to the corner single crochet.
Step 3: Join in the fun!
Colorguard coaches are creative people! So I issue you this challenge if you are both a guard coach AND a creative crocheter.
What can YOU make using the simple flag shape above?
We’ve started here with a simple stuffed toy. But can you take this simple flag shape and go a step farther? I have some ideas I’m working on here that I’ll share in future months… but I believe in the power of collective creativity! What can we create together here? Can you take this shape and make something magnificent?
I’d like to challenge all our colorguard crochet peeps to join me in this creative challenge. Send in photos of what you come up with and share your patterns here with the community! I can’t wait to see!!
About the Author (Author Profile)
Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.
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