American Flag Wreath

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American Flag Wreath

If you are in the U.S., I hope your summer is turning out amazing! Mine certainly is, thanks for asking! Ha! Ha!

The newest addition to my wreath series is complete and ready to share! I intend to make a wreath for every holiday so be sure to check back regularly or subscribe to my Newsletter so you never miss a new pattern.

There’s something about the ruffly look of these wreaths that I love and this is the first one I’ve made that uses I Love This Yarn from the Hobby Lobby. I don’t know if you have ever tried it, and I’m not an affiliate for them, I just really love this yarn! The name is so appropriate, isn’t it? It’s amazingly soft even before it has been washed.

American Flag Wreath

For the St. Patrick’s Day Wreath and the Valentine’s Day Wreath I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn so this was a nice change of pace. Both companies have a surprising amount of color choices, which I LOVE!

This American Flag Wreath uses colors that are more country—Cranberry, Navy and Linen. Of course, you are free to use whatever brand of worsted weight yarn you choose as well as whichever colors you prefer. This wreath would look just as amazing in the more traditional red, white and blue colors.

American Flag Wreath

The pattern uses chains, single crochet and double crochet stitches.

That’s it.

The most difficult part is sewing on the wooden stars. I added a more crafty element to this project by buying 3/4″ wooden stars and drilling holes and whitewashing them to create my own “buttons”. But if you would like to skip arts and crafts time, you can always buy real star shaped buttons. The instructions for making the whitewash are below in the Notes section.

So if your interested in showing a little American pride this summer, be sure to whip up one of these easy and inexpensive wreaths for your home or office! They would also make the perfect gift for a veteran in your life.

Don’t forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry queue!

American Flag Wreath

Materials Used:

  • 1 skein of I Love This Yarn – Cranberry 7 oz./199 g – 355 yds/325 m
  • 1 skein of I Love This Yarn – Navy 7 oz./199 g – 355 yds/325 m
  • 1 skein of I Love This Yarn – Linen 7 oz./199 g – 355 yds/325 m
  • H/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook
  • 18” wire wreath frame
  • 18 wooden stars (0.75” x 0.15”) or star shaped buttons
  • drill with 1/16” drill bit
  • sewing needle
  • white thread
  • white craft paint
  • small craft paintbrush

Finished Size Approximately:

19 ½” diameter

Gauge:

Not Important

Special Stitches:

Shell Stitch

5 double crochets in same space

V-Stitch

(Double crochet, chain 1, double crochet) all in same space.

Abbreviations:

FC – foundation chain
V-st – V-Stitch
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
ch – chain
sp – space

Notes:

  • Each color is made in a long strip and then wrapped around the wreath frame. You have the option to sew the pieces together and then wrap or to leave them separate and wrap them individually.
  • The stars I used were solid unfinished wooden stars. I whitewashed each star using white craft paint and water in a 2:1 ratio. (2 parts paint, 1 part water) Very little is needed. 1 part = ½ teaspoon and that is still probably too much. No need for a second coat, one coat will do. After painting, I drilled one hole into the center of each star.
  • You have the option to use star buttons instead of the wood, if desired, and you wouldn’t need the paint, paintbrush or drill.
  • I don’t recommend using this wreath as an outdoor decoration for long periods of time. The yarn may not hold up well to extreme weather conditions, including sun, which could fade the yarn colors.

*** American crochet terms used throughout.

Instructions:

With Navy

FC: Ch 380

Row 1: In 5th chain from hook, dc (V-st was made); continue to V-st in every ch across to end; ch 1, turn.

Row 2: *Sc in ch-1 sp, shell stitch in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * across. In last ch-1 sp, sc.

Finish off.

Leave tail for sewing if you are stitching color pieces together. Weave tail in if wrapping strands individually.

With Cranberry

Make 7

FC: Ch 79

Row 1: In 5th chain from hook, dc (V-st was made); continue to V-st in every ch across to end; ch 1, turn.

Row 2: *Sc in ch-1 sp, shell stitch in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * across. In last ch-1 sp, sc.

Finish off.

Leave tail for sewing if you are stitching color pieces together. Weave tail in if wrapping strands individually.

With Linen

Make 6

FC: Ch 79

Row 1: In 5th chain from hook, dc (V-st was made); continue to V-st in every ch across to end; ch 1, turn.

Row 2: *Sc in ch-1 sp, shell stitch in next ch-1 sp* Repeat from * to * across. In last ch-1 sp, sc.

Finish off.

Leave tail for sewing if you are stitching color pieces together. Weave tail in if wrapping strands individually.

Finishing

Starting with Navy, begin wrapping loosely and evenly around wreath frame. Make sure that the FC is the part of the strand that is touching the wreath frame so that the shells are facing outward.

American Flag Wreath

American Flag Wreath

Once Navy is finished, begin alternating Cranberry and Linen strands. Start with a Cranberry and end with a Cranberry. Attach the final Cranberry strand to the beginning of the Navy strand with yarn. Slide the strands along the wreath frame to adjust so that the stripes are even width.

Using the sewing needle and thread, stitch the stars on the Navy patch, staggering them as shown in the photo above. I did three rows of six stars.

Whitewashing the wooden stars…

American Flag Wreath

Hang and Enjoy!

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8 thoughts on “American Flag Wreath

  1. I love this idea, I have the yarn and frame laying around my crafts room. But, are you removing each holidays “wraps” to re-use the frame or buying new frames as needed?
    Thanks
    Dj

    1. Hi Dj! Thanks for the comment. I actually buy new frames for each holiday. You definitely could unwrap each holiday and wrap with the new, but I’m a bit too lazy for that! LOL! I prefer just to have them made up and ready to go. I get my frames at Wal-Mart in the craft section. They are actually pretty inexpensive so it’s no big deal to get another. Thanks for checking out my pattern! Have a great holiday! Erica

  2. I don’t understand what you mean by “wrap loosely and evenly”. Can you add a picture of this process? What I visualize as wrapping, would not create the nice, even outcome that the photo shows. Please help!

    1. I’m going to insert new pictures into the pattern right now. I hope this helps. 🙂

      1. Thanks so much. I just can’t figure out how to wrap it around! Mental block, maybe!

        1. Not a problem. It should be showing the new pictures now. You may need to refresh the page. Please let me know if you have any more issues. Thank you!

          1. Now I get it! The pictures make it real. I was thinking of more of a single wire frame. The multiple wire frame makes all the difference. Thank you so much.

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