I crocheted these classic Americana pillows and this beautiful throw blanket from patterns I found on another blog, Highland Hickory Designs.
I cannot share the pattern, but I can show you what I made!
These pillows were super easy to make. I must confess I was nervous about crocheting the stars, but the pattern was written so simply that it was actually incredibly easy.
The patterns for both pillows and the throw use a Suzette Stitch – a single crochet and a double crochet in the same stitch – which creates a bump and makes for an interesting look and a lovely texture.
I followed the patterns, with the three little exceptions:
I made 26 stars so that there would be thirteen stars (for the thirteen original colonies) on each side of the blue field.
I also tweaked the pattern for the stars by starting with a Magic Circle/Ring and went from there with the pattern as written. It made the stars less puffy in the middle so they laid flatter when I sewed them on the pillow and blanket. I also left a long tail (about a foot long) when I finished off each star.
Lastly, I sewed the stars onto the blue field using an upholstery needle and the yarn from the tail, instead of thread. Sewing the stars on with the same white yarn they are made of helps camouflage the stitches.
I will be bringing out this set for all of the patriotic holidays (Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day, the birthdays of the branches of service, etc).
I used Big Twist yarn in the colors: Dark Denim, Deep Red, and White.
I happened across a sale at Joann, so I stocked up…I have another red white and blue project in mind.