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Texas Independence Day

On February 28, 1836, a group of Texians came together at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare independence from Mexico and declare Texas as a Republic. The Texas Declaration of Independence was signed on March 2, 1836. Sixty men signed the document, 57 of whom had moved from the United States to Texas after the Mexican government had promised them a republican government. War had begun several months before and ended with the capture of Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1936. The signing of the declaration took place while the Battle of the Alamo was raging in San Antonio.

To celebrate my favorite state, this year I’ve made an easy C2C potholder using the Texas flag as inspiration.

Materials:

Dishie cotton worsted yarn – 1/2 oz. each red, white, blue

Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook

Directions:

Working in C2C format:

Row 1: 1 red square

Row 2: 2 red squares

Row 3: 3 red squares

Row 4: 4 red squares

Row 5: 5 red squares

Row 6: 5 red squares, 1 white square (wrong side)

Row 7: 2 white squares, 5 red squares

Row 8: 5 red squares, 3 white squares

Row 9: 4 white squares, 5 red squares

Row 10: 5 red squares, 5 white squares

Begin to decrease on top of flag (white side), increase on bottom of flag (red side)

Row 11: 5 white squares, 4 red squares, 1 blue square (right side)

Row 12: 2 blue squares, 3 red squares, 5 white squares

Row 13: 5 white squares, 2 red squares, 3 blue squares

Row 14: 4 blue squares, 1 red square, 5 blue squares. Fasten off red.

Row 15: 5 white squares, 5 blue squares

Begin to decrease both sides

Row 16: 5 blue, 4 white

Row 17: 3 white, 5 blue

Row 18: 5 blue, 2 white

Row 19: 1 white, 5 blue. Fasten off white.

Row 20: 5 blue

Row 21: 4 blue

Row 22: 3 blue

Row 23: 2 blue

Row 24: 1 blue

If you would like to put a hanging lp on the corner of your potholder, make the last square of Row 24: ch 3, dc, ch 10, sl st in 10th ch, 2 dc, sl st in next square.

Fasten off blue. Weave in all ends.

Star:

With white yarn, ch 2 (or magic circle), 5 sc in 2nd ch. Join with sl st. *ch 4, sl st in 2nd ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, sl st in next sc,* 5 times. Fasten off white leaving 12″ length. Sew star to center of blue portion of potholder.

Texas flag C2C

 

PDF download Texas Flag Potholder C2C Crochet Pattern

More Texas Designs

Yellow Rose of Texas Afghan Crochet Pattern

Crochet – Texas Style Crochet Patterns Ebook

Texas Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Texas Horny Toads Crochet Patterns Ebook

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Rainbow C2C Blanket

Grab your scrap basket, pull out all those colorful yarns, and crochet a gorgeous C2C throw for yourself or as a gift. If you have worked a corner-to-corner pattern before, you know what a quick and easy stitch it is. The versatility of C2C crochet also makes it a popular project. If you have never attempted it, here’s your chance to try. You’ll love it!

As I was finishing up my Christmas projects last year, I started a new scrap basket with only rainbow colors, not yet knowing what to do with them. Rainbows have been a constant in my life – from Noah’s ark in Sunday school to Rainbow Girls as a teen to my Irish heritage with the pot of gold to family members who are part of the LGBTQ community.

This blanket can be made as a stash buster with several different hues of the same color, or you can keep it consistent with the same dye lot for each colored stripe. Either way, it is sure to brighten up your home.

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Rainbow C2C Blanket Crochet Pattern

Finished blanket measures approximately 55” square.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn

   1.5 oz. red

   5 oz. orange

   7 oz. yellow

   9 oz. green

   13.5 oz. blue

   8.5 oz. purple

Size J crochet hook

Yarn needle

Gauge:  Each C2C block (3 ch, 3 dc) measures approximately 3/4”.

Directions:

Row 1: With red yarn, ch 6. Row 1 Dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch (1 block made).

Row 2: Turn, ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, (slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in ch-3 space of previous row.

Row 3: Turn, ch 6, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, [(slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next ch-3 space of previous row].

Rows 4-12: Continue to work in same pattern with red yarn increasing 1 block on each row. .

Rows 13-24: Repeat Row 4 with orange yarn.

Rows 25-36: Repeat Row 4 with yellow yarn.

Rows 37-48: Repeat Row 4 with green yarn.

Rows 49-60: Repeat Row 4 with blue yarn.

Rows 61-67: Repeat Row 4 with purple yarn.

Row 68: Now work in decreasing rows as follows: With purple yarn, slip st across first 3 dc, * (slip st, ch 3, 3 dc) all in next ch-3 space of previous row; repeat from * to last ch-3 space; slip st in last space; turn, do NOT make a block in last space.

Rows 69-73: Continue to work decrease row with purple yarn.

Rows 74-85: Repeat Row 68 with blue yarn.

Rows 86-97: Repeat Row 68 with green yarn.

Rows 98-109: Repeat Row 68 with yellow yarn.

Rows 110-121: Repeat Row 68 with orange yarn.

Rows 122-133: Repeat Row 68 with red yarn.

Weave in all ends.

This week has been busy, as I was updating my Sugar Skull Crochet Pattern Ebook. It started as a poncho for my Goth-loving daughter, and after my trip to Mexico, I added a trio of skull purses inspired by the open-air markets in Monterrey. The ebook is currently live on Etsy and will also be listed on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats in the coming week.

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For the coming week, I am excited about my trip to New York and visiting the Lion Brand Studio. I lived in Queens for most of the 80’s, but the studio wasn’t opened until 2008. I am looking forward to finding more inspiration on my visit there next week. Oh, and also some Ray’s Pizza.

Rainbow Nap Buddy Crochet Pattern