The commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States. Puerto Rico is an island in the northeastern Caribbean. The Puerto Rican flag reflects its association with the United States. The flag has red and white stripes and a blue triangle with a white star. Crochet a Puerto Rican flag blanket or afghan using a large hook and simple crochet stitches. This pattern makes a 60-inch-long-by-40-inch-wide Puerto Rican flag afghan.
Make the Red and White Stripes
Use red yarn to make a chain the length that you want the afghan plus one. Single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain one and turn each row. The gauge is 11 stitches per 4 inches. Chain 166 to make an afghan 5 feet long.
Continue to work single crochet rows with red until 26 rows are completed.
Change to the white yarn. Work single crochet rows until 26 rows or 8 inches are completed and then change back to the red yarn.
Continue to make red and white stripes of 26 rows each until three red stripes with two white stripes between are completed. Fasten off.
Make the Blue Triangle
Work row 1. Chain 111 or the width of the afghan, single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain across. Chain one and turn each row.
Work row 2. Decrease in the first two stitches, single crochet in each stitch across to the last two stitches. Decrease in the last two stitches.
Work row 3. Repeat row 2.
Work row 4. Single crochet in each stitch across.
Repeat rows 2 through 4 until two stitches remain. Decrease in the last two stitches. Fasten off. Sew to the left side of the afghan with matching yarn and the yarn needle.
Make the White Star
Make a star point. Work row 1. With the white yarn, chain two and single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Chain one and turn each row. Work row 2. Make two single crochet in the stitch. Work row 3. Make two single crochet in each stitch. Work rows 4 and 5. Make a single crochet in each stitch across.
Work row 6. Make two single crochet stitches in the first stitch, single crochet in each stitch across to the last stitch and make two single crochet stitches in the last stitch. Repeat rows 4 through 6 until 16 stitches on the row. Work one row of single crochet.
Begin decrease rows. Decrease in the first two stitches, single crochet across to the last two stitches and decrease in the last two stitches. Single crochet in each stitch across for the next two rows. Repeat the last three rows until two stitches remain. Decrease in the last two stitches. Fasten off leaving a 12-inch length of yarn for sewing.
Repeat the process to make four more star points. Position the star points with the points touching in the center and sew together to create the star.
Join the yarn in any stitch and work a round of single crochet stitches completely around the star. Make three single crochet stitches in the point of each star and work a decrease in the "valley" between the points. Fasten off leaving a long length of yarn for sewing. Sew to the center of the blue triangle.
Tips & Warnings
- To change colors, leave the last two loops of the stitch on your hook. Drop the old color, yarn over with the new color and pull through the loops on the hook.
- To decrease when working single crochet, pull up a loop in each of two stitches, yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.
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