With Memorial Day and July 4th nearing, you might want patriotic crochet patterns to make something festive for your home or for yourself. Below you’ll find five patterns that I found interesting.
Here is key to the crochet patterns above:
- 4th of July or National Flower Day This is a free Ravelry pattern.
- Stars! This is a free pillow pattern.
- Americana Place Setting Now you can set your table for every patriotic occasion. This is a Ravelry pattern.
- Let Freedom Ring Here’s an afghan you can cover up with all year.
- Star Spangled Banner This is just the garland you need special American holidays. Find on Ravelry.
BONUS: Vintage American Flag Throw – Make up an absolutely beautiful throw! You’ll find this on Ravelry.
It’s not too late to make an edible gift to distribute at the office or give away to friends and family. This recipe for chocolate peanut clusters is very simple. It takes 5 minutes to prepare because you dump every ingredient into a crockpot. Three hours later, you’ll spend about 30 minutes spooning the chocolate peanut clusters into individual paper candy cups. You’ll have more than enough treats to share with everyone on your list.
Recipe for Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Clusters
A Trisha Yearwood Recipe
- 2 pounds salted dry-roasted peanuts
- 4 ounces German’s sweet chocolate (about 4 squares)
- One 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
- 2 1/2 pounds white almond bark (Note: Almond bark comes in 1 pound packages. I did not purchase an extra package to get the additional 1/2 pound. My treats turned out perfect.)
Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow cooker/crockpot. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then add the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.
After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into paper cups. Allow the candy to cool completely. (Note: I found small paper cups at Market Street. I’m sure every grocery has them. Each cup holds about 1 heaping tablespoon of chocolate candy.
Recipe adapted from Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood (c) Clarkson Potter 2010
Here are six crochet snowflake patterns that you can use to create tree ornaments, gift tags, decor for canned jams, or in the case of pattern #5 – gear for your ears. There are many more snowflake patterns on Ravelry; so many in fact, your tree could be entirely decorated with snowflakes, with no two the same. Find the key to the crochet patterns and instructions for stiffening crochet snowflakes below.
- Chain Loop Snowflake – Ravelry
- Crochet Snowflake – Ravelry
- Crocheted Snowflakes – Martha Stewart. You’ll find several free patterns for snowflakes here.
- Irish Crochet Snowflake – Ravelry
- Snowflake Earrings with Pearl Accent – Ravelry
- Easy Crochet Snowflake – Ravelry
How to Stiffen Crochet Snowflakes
- Mix an equal amount of glue and water. Put the water in the bowl first, then add the glue. If you only have a couple of snowflakes to stiffen, you won’t need more than 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of glue.
- Mix until the consistency is smooth and even.
- Dip the snowflakes in the stiffener; make sure both sides are coated.
- Lay the snowflakes on waxed paper and blot gently with a paper towel.
- Transfer the snowflakes to a blocking board (cover the blocking board with waxed paper). Use multiple, rust-proof pins to block the snowflakes into shape.
- Dry 12 or more hours. If the snowflakes aren’t stiffened to your liking. Re-dip and dry the snowflakes.
- If you want the snowflakes to be shiny. You can spray them with a gloss sealer.