American Flag Blanket Crochet Pattern

The American Flag Blanket crochet pattern features a chevron design and ribbed stitches, so it looks like a flag blowing in the wind! This large, crochet blanket measures approximately 72″ x 48″ (6′ x 4′). It’s perfect for any patriot, sitting on outside, wrapped over the couch, as well as laying no the bed!

Woman holding a crochet American Flag Blanket. American Flag Blanket crochet pattern by The Turtle Trunk.

I am so excited to share this American Flag Blanket crochet pattern with you today! This has been one of my best selling crochet patterns in my online shops as well as my most rewarding make for myself as it’s the largest crochet item I’ve ever finished! This crochet American Flag Blanket is large, at a whopping 6′ x 4′! It’s big enough for 2 people to wrap up and would great for sitting on while watching the 4th of July fireworks too! Use is cuddling up on the couch, even dropped over the bed, and it would be a fantastic gift for any patriot or veteran!

I hope you enjoy making this pattern! Continue reading to hear my inspiration for this pattern and to learn more about the yarn I used, then scroll down for the written pattern!


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Inspiration

I designed this American Flag Blanket crochet pattern in 2018 for Independence Day! I wanted to design a patriotic, home decor piece and settled on an American Flag Blanket! At that point in my crochet design career, I had never crocheted a large blanket before, let alone designed one! I have always shied away from large crochet projects as I was nervous of starting and never finishing. But I actually loved the repetitiveness of this pattern, as I could work on it as I sat on the couch and could watch TV and mindlessly crochet. This blanket does take some time to make, it took me just over a week to crochet with spending a few hours a day working on it. But, when I was done, I felt so accomplished and proud to have made such a large and beautiful item!

As for the design it self, I wanted to make it a bit more unique so instead of the standard straight stripes, I opted for a chevron design! I love the chevron look for this blanket, as I think it makes it look like a flag blowing in the wind. I also worked all my stitches in the back loop only for each row to give a textured surface. This American Flag Blanket pattern may look intricate and intimidating, but it’s not a hard to make as you may think! This pattern uses only basic crochet stitches, just be sure to keep your stitch counts right to ensure the chevron design line sup correctly.


Yarn

For this American Flag Blanket crochet pattern, you will need medium (4) weight yarn in Red, White, and Blue. You can use any medium/worsted weight yarn that you’d like! I used Red Heart Super Saver in the colors Burgundy, Soft White, and Soft Navy. Some other great options would be Red Heart With Love, Lion Brand Yarn Heartland, Lion Brand Basic Stitch, or Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn. I loved the deep colors of the Burgundy and Soft Navy, but you can use bright and vibrant colors too!

Your tension will also greatly effect how much yarn you will use. When I originally designed and made this American Flag Blanket I had quite a tight tension and used quite a bit less yarn than I did when I remade this! My tension has loosened up quite a bit in the past few years and I noticed I used way more yarn! Below I give the approximate yardage I used for my new blanket, It’s always a good idea to buy a little more yarn than you think you’ll need so you don’t run out. Gauge does not matter too much for this pattern but if you would like to check out gauge there is a pattern below.


Close up shot of a crochet American Flag Blanket. Circlet pattern by The Turtle Trunk.

Options

There are a few aspects of this pattern that you can change if you’d like. Firstly, in order to get the ribbed/textured stitches across the blanket, we will work each row in the back loop only. If you’d like your blanket surface to be flat and not have the ribbed texture, you can simply work all your stitches into both loops.

Secondly, crocheting and sewing on all 50 stars is quite time consuming so if you’d like a quicker option you can instead cut 50 stars out of white felt and attach them either by sewing or using fabric glue.

Lastly, if you like the style of this blanket but don’t want it to look like an American Flag, feel free to switch up the colors to make a regular chevron blanket! If you’d like to adjust the width of the blanket, chain a multiple of 31 + 4.


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Difficulty

Advanced Beginner

Finished Size

Approximately 6′ x 4′ (72″ x 48″)

Gauge

13 STs x 6 Rows in DC BLO = 4” x 4”
Adjust hook size up or down to meet gauge

Notes

  • From Row 2 on, each stitch is worked into the back loop only to create a ribbed effect. If you do not want the ribbed effect, you can work in both loops.
  • Beginning chains do not count as stitches. At the end of each row, chain 2 and turn, then work the 1st into the last stitch from the previous row.
  • The number in (parentheses) at the end of each row represents the total number of stitches that are to be that row.
  • The instructions between the *asterisks* are to be repeated until the end of the row or until otherwise stated.
  • Instead of crocheting and sewing all 50 stars, you can also cut stars out of white felt and either sew or use fabric glue to attach them.
  • To change colors: on the final pull through of the last stitch before a new color starts, drop your current color and pick up the new color. Pull through the last 2 loops with the new color and continue with the pattern. Cut off the old color and re attach when needed.

Supplies

ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)

ST(s) – Stitch(es)
SL ST – Slip Stitch
SK – Skip
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
SC2TOG – Single Crochet Two Together
DC – Double Crochet
DC2TOG – Double Crochet Two Together
BLO – Back Loop Only – A finished stitch has 2 loops on the top when looking at it from above. The loop closet to you is the front loop and the one furthest away is the back loop. To work a DC BLO, work a regular double crochet but work it in the back loop only.


A crochet American Flag Blanket laying on a wooden fence outside. American Flag Blanket crochet pattern by The Turtle Trunk.

American Flag Blanket Pattern

Starting with Red

CH 252

Row 1: DC2TOG starting in the 3rd CH from the hook. DC in next 14 CHs, 3 DC in next CH, DC in next 14 CHs, *SK 2 CHs, DC in next 14 CHs, 3 DC in next CH, DC in next 14 CHs*. Repeat ** until 2 CHs remain. DC2TOG in the last 2 CHs. CH 2 & turn. (250)

From Row 2 on, work all STs into the BLO.

Row 2: DC2TOG, DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next ST, DC in next 14 STs, *SK 2 STs, DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next ST, DC in next 14 STs*. Repeat ** until 2 STs remain. DC2TOG in the last 2 STs. CH 2 & turn. (250)

Rows 3-6: Repeat Row 2

Rows 7-12: Switch to the White. Repeat Row 2.

Rows 13-18: Switch to Red. Repeat Row 2.

Rows 19-24: Switch to White. Repeat Row 2.

Rows 25:30: Switch to Red. Repeat Row 2.

Rows 31-36: Switch to White. Repeat Row 2.

Row 37: Switch to Red. DC2TOG, *DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, SK 2 STs*. Repeat ** 3 more times (for a total of 4 peaks). Switch to Blue. DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, *SK 2 STs, DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next ST, DC in next 14 STs*. Repeat ** until 2 STs remain. DC2TOG in last 2 STs. CH 2 & turn. (250)

Row 38: DC2TOG, *DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, SK 2 STs*. Repeat ** 3 more times. Switch to Red. DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, *SK 2 STs, DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next ST, DC in next 14 STs*. Repeat ** until 2 STs remain. DC2TOG in last 2 STs. CH 2 & turn. (250)

Rows 39-42:  Repeat Rows 37 & 38 two more times.

Row 43: Switch to White. DC2TOG, *DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, SK 2 STs*. Repeat ** 3 more times. Switch to Blue. DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, *SK 2 STs, DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next ST, DC in next 14 STs*. Repeat ** until 2 STs remain. DC2TOG in last 2 STs. CH 2 & turn. (250)

Row 44: DC2TOG, *DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, SK 2 STs*. Repeat ** 3 more times. Switch to White. DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next, DC in next 14 STs, *SK 2 STs, DC in next 14 STs, 3 DC in next ST, DC in next 14 STs*. Repeat ** until 2 STs remain. DC2TOG in last 2 STs. CH 2 & turn. (250)

Rows 45-48: Repeat Rows 43 & 44 two more times.

Rows 49-54: Repeat Rows 37 & 38 three times.

Rows 55-60: Repeat Rows 43 & 44 three times. 

Rows 61-66: Repeat Rows 37 & 38 three times.

Rows 67-72: Repeat Rows 43 & 44 three times.

Rows 73-78: Repeat Rows 37 & 38 three times. Tie off and weave in all ends.

Star Pattern

Notes

  • The center of the star is worked in the round. Do not join at the end of the round. Work the 1st stitch of Row 1 into the 1st stitch of the previous round.
  • The points of the star are worked in rows. At the end of each row, CH 1 or 2 & turn. The CH does not count as a ST.
  • Each star measures approximately 4” across.

Make 50

Magic Circle, CH 1

Round 1: 10 SC inside the circle. (10)

Row 1: SC in the 1st 2 STs. CH 1 & turn. (2)

Row 2: SC2TOG. CH 1 & turn. (1)

Row 3: SC. CH 1 & turn. (1)

Row 4: SL ST. CH 2 & turn. (1)

Now working down the side of the point, SL ST in each row down. (4)

Repeat Rows 1-4 for a total of 5 points.

After finishing the last point, SC around the star to clean up the edges. Work 3 SC up the side of each point, [SC, CH 2, SC] at the top (where the CH 2 is from Row 4), and work 3 SC down the side, Repeat for all 5 points. SL ST to the 1st SC of the border, tie off yarn, and weave in ends.

Assembly & Placement

Lay your blanket down with the right side facing up (blue rectangle will be on the left). Arrange the 50 stars on the blue rectangle as seen in the photo below. You can use sewing pins or stitch markers if you’d like. I had 9 columns across alternating 6 and 5 stars per column. 

Sew each star on using thread and a needle. Work through the tops of the stiches of the star and only sew to the surface of the blanket so that the thread cannot be seen from the back of the blanket or on the top of the star.

And you’re all done! I hope you enjoyed this pattern for the American Flag Blanket! I’d love to see your finished Turtle Trunk creation so be sure to tag me, @theturtletrunk on Instagram so I can see your photos!


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