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American Flag Afghan

Nothing says "I Love America" more than the red, white, and blue American flag. Now you can wrap yourself up in pride with this American Flag Afghan by Lion Brand Yarns. This ripple crocheted afghan is an intermediate crochet pattern to complete using Heartland yarn. Bring this crochet afghan with you to the 4th of July fireworks, or curl up on the couch with this red, white, and blue afghan as you watch the Olympics.


Crochet HookJ/10 or 6 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)


  • 136-113 Heartland Yarn: Redwood (A): 3 skeins
  • 136-098 Heartland Yarn: Acadia     (B): 2 skeins
  • 136-109 Heartland Yarn: Olympic (C): 1 skein
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size J-10 (6 mm)           
  • Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)     

One Size, About 35 x 52 in. (89 x 132 cm)

1 ripple = about 4 in. (10 cm) wide.
12 sts + 6 1/2 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in ripple pattern.
1 Star = about 3 in. (7.5 cm) wide.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.




    dc3tog (dc 3 sts together) (Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops) 3 times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook – 2 sts decreased.


  1. The ripple in this design is created by working dc3tog to form 'valleys' and 3 dc all in one st to form 'peaks'. In each row, take care to work dc3tog over the 3 sts in each 'valley' and 3 dc in the center dc of each 'peak.' You may wish to use stitch markers to mark each peak.
  2. The ripple pattern may not be evident until you have work multiple rows.
  3. To change color, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete the st.
  4. The blue field for Stars is worked in intarsia. The Stars are made separately and then sewed to Afghan.
  5. Unfortunately there's an issue with the way the afghan was shot – there are more stripes than shown in the image. The pattern ratings show some people’s versions of the afghan, and you can see a better picture here.

With A, ch 160.
Row 1 (RS): Dc in 4th ch from hook (beginning ch counts as first dc), *dc in next 4 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 4 ch, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * 11 more times, dc in next 4 ch, dc3tog, dc in next 4 ch, 2 dc in last ch - 13 ripples at the end of this row.
Rows 2-8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this row and in all following rows), turn, dc in first dc, *dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc; rep from * 11 more times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.
Change to B. Fasten off A.
Rows 9-16: With B, rep Row 2 eight times. Change to A. Fasten off B.
Rows 17-24: With A, rep Row 2 eight times. Change to B. Fasten off A.
Rows 25-32: With B, rep Row 2 eight times. Change to A. Fasten off B.

Field for Stars
Note: One half of each row is worked with A and one half is worked with C. When changing color, drop, but do not fasten off the old color.
Row 33 (RS): With A, ch 3, turn, dc in first dc, (dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 6 times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, dc in next dc and change to C; with C, 2 dc in same dc as last st (this completes a 3-dc peak), (dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 5 times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.
Row 34: With C, ch 3, turn, dc in first dc, (dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 5 times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc and change to A; with A, dc in same dc as last st (this completes a 3-dc peak), (dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc) 6 times, dc in next 4 dc, dc3tog, dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in top of turning ch.
Rows 35-40: Rep Rows 33 and 34 three times. Change to B. Fasten off A. Do not fasten off C.
Rows 41-48: Using B in place of A, rep Rows 33-40. Change to A. Fasten off B. Do not fasten off C.
Rows 49-56:With A and C, rep Rows 33-40. Fasten off A and C.

STARS (make 11)
With B, ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, (2 sc in ring, ch 1) 5 times; join with sl st in first sc - 10 sc and 5 ch-1 sps at the end of this rnd.
Rnd 2:*Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, sl st in next ch-1 sp of Rnd 1; rep from * 4 more times. Fasten off.

Arrange Stars on field as follows:
Top Row: 4 Stars evenly spaced with top of Stars about 2 in. (5 cm) below top edge of Afghan.
Lower Row: 4 Stars evenly spaced with bottom of Stars about 2 in. (5 cm) from lower edge of Blue Field, and lined up with Stars of Top Row.
Middle Row: 3 Stars evenly spaced and staggered between Stars of Top and Lower Rows.
Sew Stars in place.
Weave in ends.

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The American flag represents freedom here for us. To have a wonderful piece like this to display in your home would be a sign of true patriotism. If you have someone that served in one of the four branches as I have, I know the importance of an item like this.

The directions for this American flag afghan read easy enough. Rows 1-32 seem to be the easiest as you are just creating the red and white stripes. After that you have to include the blue for the field for the stars. If you are good at changing the color of the yarn while working, this will be a easy project for you. When complete, you will have a beautiful piece of Americana to showcase in your home.

Im meeting up with all three of my sisters at the end of June, and this will be perfect for one of them. Were all Air Force brats, and shes a retired military spouse, so shes spent most her life around military bases. Shes proudly patriotic, and loves showing off her love for this country. Shes always finding interesting crochet ideas for me, and Im thrilled to make this for her. Since this is a Lion Brand project, the original can be found here http// == html

I love the American Flag afghan pattern. What a wonderful thing to make as a gift. Can the stars be created with a tapestry stitch, rather than making them seperately and adding them to the afghan? I am just learning to use a tapestry stitch and I think it would look better in this afghan than the seperate stars.

This American Flag Afghan is absolutely beautiful. The pattern is easy to follow and not as complicated as it looks. I made this for a friend of mine who's mother was visiting America for the first time from Greece. She was so excited to be coming to America, and this afghan was the perfect souvenir of her visit. My friend said when she got back home she put it by her chair, and loves wrapping up in it thinking about her trip.

Wow! This American flag afghan is simply stunning! I know my mother would absolutely love this for her home. The ripple stitch takes me way, way back to the 70's. But this afghan looks nothing like it came from the 1970's. I love the updated shades of the classic red, white, and blue.

I am having the hardest time adding my blue, cant seem to keep it straight. Could some one please explain how to drop this and go forward??

could you help me understand why the half rows of each color start at row 33, shouldn't they start on row 17 or am i reading instructions incorrectly?

I'm new to crochet, and have finished the body of the afghan ( it's beautiful) and I'm ready to attach the stars but I'm not quite sure what the best way is to do so. Any suggestions?

I am making the flag now and am on row 25, and it is saying to use white as the color and in the picture it is showing something different? Am I misreading the pattern?

I love the American Flag I love your products thank you for sharing your products to me, please just keep on your work and thank you for sharing how to make these things. God bless ya

I would love to make this but need a written or printed copy so I can take it with me and I cannot get it to copy and paste and there is no download link. Help ! !

Go to file menu then to print preview print page 1-2 hope this helps annette


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