Red, White and Blue. They are the colors of freedom, of independence. At least for Americans anyway. The 4th of July is a day filled with barbecues, picnics and fireworks. For those that love to crochet it is a day filled with homemade projects. Table runners and placemats in patriotic colors are laid out on picnic tables. Hats and vests are worn all day long and decorations are hung where ever there is room. And if you are a crafter, everything is handmade. You are always on the lookout for a new pattern to try and something new for your friends to check out this year. So to help you along I have put together a few websites filled with free patterns for those Independence Day enthusiasts.
http://www.maggiescrochet.com/holiday-4th-of-july-c-24_28.html With just a few patterns on this site they are definite must haves – a wonderful top hat, great placemats, afghans to snuggle under during the fireworks display and a great outfit for your newest baby or grandbaby. This site is great for a quick look because pictures are set up next to the pattern links.
http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/patriotic.php Always the best website for the largest selection of crochet patterns they have everything from afghans to decorations. Included to help you weed your way through the patterns are symbols to let you know if free registration is required to access the pattern or if the pattern is in PDF format.
http://crochet.about.com/od/julyfourth/Fourth_of_July_and_Patriotic_Patterns.htm About.com is a quick link to a couple different patterns. Always your typical patterns, these are items every crafter should include in their 4th of July creations. Also great about this site is the sponsored link offered with can lead you to additional Independence Day necessities and links to other everyday crochet patterns.
http://www.freepatterns.com/list.html?cat_id=325 This site could be the one you are looking for. It contains patterns for dolls – great for the daughter or granddaughter in your life. Also included are a few extra blanket patterns as well as a toaster cover. This site is for the fun side in you!
http://www.momsloveofcrochet.com/americanpatterns.html While this site only contains four patterns it is the site to go to if you are looking for afghan patterns. These patterns include a flag pattern, the ever popular prairie star, and a great stars and stripes patterns with alternate color patterns!
All these sites contain great patterns for your 4th of July celebration. The items you make are great for both indoor and outdoor actives. Be sure to choose good strong and warm yarn for your afghans, and don’t be afraid to try dulled reds and blues mixed with cream instead of the traditional red, white and blue. It will give you items a feeling of the strength and wisdom of the country, as if they have been passed down through the ages. But don’t forget that the bright colors have their place too!