Make America Gay Again Crochet Flag Pattern

Make America Gay Again Crochet Flag

Make America Gay Again Crochet Flag

Did y’all see this tweet showing a “Make America Gay Again” flag in Aspen displayed by Pence’s neighbors while he was vacationing next door?

It got me thinking that it was probably a pretty easy flag to crochet, and that maybe folks might want to make one for their own driveway/ living room/ motorcade protest/ White House visit/ etc. (Or you can pick up the original, and maybe a matching pin, at Drump.wtf)

Please note this pattern does not include exact yarn amounts and gauge – but know this flag will be perfect with any gauge using up all the rainbow scraps in your house. You can trust me because I’ve never held a political office.  

FINISHED SIZE

Approximately 48″ x 34″ – your finished size will depend on the chosen yarn, your tension, and whether you inexplicably dropped 7 stitches along the way because you’re as irresponsible with your stitch count as Hobby Lobby is with artifact customs declarations.

SUPPLIES

  • 4.0 mm /Size G crochet hook
  • 8.0 mm /Size L crochet hook
  • Worsted-Weight Acrylic Yarn (I used partial skeins from my stash)
    • White (Caron One Pound in Bright White pictured- it won’t take that much yarn, but it was on sale)
    • Purple A (Big Twist Value Blueberry pictured)
    • Purple B (Big Twist Value Damson Purple pictured)
    • Blue A (Big Twist Value Royal Navy pictured)
    • Blue B (Red Heart Super Saver Navy pictured)
    • Green A (Big Twist Value Emerald pictured) 
    • Green B (Big Twist Value Lime pictured)
    • Yellow A (Big Twist Premium Gold pictured)
    • Yellow B (Red Heart  Super Saver Yellow pictured)
    • Orange A (Big Twist Pumpkin pictured)
    • Orange B (Red Heart  Super Saver Pumpkin pictured)
    • Red A (Red Heart  Super Saver Cherry Red pictured)
    • Red B (Big Twist Scarlet pictured)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • This picture of Doug Jones’ son giving Pence so much side eye

  ABBREVIATIONS

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • maga – make america gay again

 

Make America Gay Again Crochet Flag in the street

INSTRUCTIONS 

Letters

Use G hook and white yarn. 

Before you start the flag, make the letters to ensure they fit within your stripes.  If you have the Uppercase Alphabet Pattern, you’re ready to go.  If you don’t, you can get it for *free* from Ravelry using the coupon code “PENCEISDANGEROUS” For maga, you will need:  6 As, 1 C, 2 Es, 2 Gs, 2 Is, 1K, 2 Ms, 1 N, 1 R, and 1 Y. You can, of course, write any message, such as: “WHAT RIGHT DO TWO PEOPLE WHO NEVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY HAVE TO BAN TRANS PEOPLE FROM SERVICE JUST TO SPREAD THEIR HATEFUL AND DISCRIMINATORY AGENDA” or “INSTEAD OF MISINTERPRETING PASSAGES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TO CONDEMN A GROUP OF PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY LOVE, MAYBE YOU COULD SPEND A LITTLE TIME IN THE NEW TESTAMENT LEARNING TO LOVE EVERYONE, FEED THE POOR, AND HEAL THE SICK.” *You may need to add a few rows and chains for longer messages.* When finished with letters, weave in ends and set aside.

Flag

Flag is worked using double-stranded crochet.  Hold both strands together as you chain and work stitches. 

With L hook, ch 102 using Purple A & B

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in each ch across (you will have 100 dc, one for each member of our Senate – whose deadlocks are broken by that feckless VP), ch 1,  turn 

Rows 2-6: dc in each dc, ch 1 (I always ch 1, even on dc because I like the look, but ch 2 is also great.  While we still have free will, choose whichever you like),  turn

Row 7: dc in each dc , switching yarn to Blue A & B on last dc, ch 1, turn (It may appear there are 8 rows of purple instead of 7 in the picture above.  You probably think I was watching V for Vendetta instead of carefully counting my rows, but you would be wrong because this photo is false news and doctored to discredit me)

*This is a great time to check if the letters fit inside the stripe.  If not, just add another row to each color.*   

Rows 8 – 13: dc in each dc, ch 1, turn 

Row 14: dc in each dc, switching yarn to Green A & B on last dc, ch 1, turn

Rows 15 – 20: dc in each dc, ch 1, turn 

Row 21: dc in each dc, switching yarn to Yellow A & B on last dc, ch 1, turn

Rows 22 – 27: dc in each dc, ch 1, turn 

Row 28: dc in each dc, switching yarn to Orange A & B on last dc, ch 1, turn

Rows 29 – 34: dc in each dc, ch 1, turn

Row 35: dc in each dc, switching yarn to Red A & B on last dc, ch 1, turn

Rows 36 – 41: dc in each dc, ch 1, turn 

Row 42: dc in each dc

Row 43: sl st across (this will make the finished edge stronger, like Michelle’s arms)  

Construction: Flip crochet flag over and pin letters to corresponding stripes.  The Uppercase Alphabet Pattern includes instructions on attaching letters (I used the backstitch method). 

Weave in ends.

You’re all done! Now hang that flag where your elected officials can see it! 

My cheesy yarnbomb

cheesy yarnbomb

There are yarnbombers who make pretty pieces, those who make political pieces, and those that make just plain crazy pieces… but me – I like mine cheesy.

cheesy yarnbomb - Hi, Jenny Brown

The idea for this cheesy yarnbomb started with a ball of light orange yarn that wasn’t quite right for my project.  For some reason it reminded me of cheese, and I whipped two squares up right away.

I made the granny square background with leftover fringe from my big crochet fail (which meant I had an end to weave every couple inches).  Then I used my number and letter patterns to create the word “Craft” and the “100% real cheesy” signs.  Last I crocheted over wire to make the “couples” cursive (that’s a technique that still needs some work, eh?).

cheesy yarnbomb - Hi, Jenny Brown

My favorite project consultant suggested adding eyes to the cheeses, which I think makes them look so sweet in love.  Originally I planned to melt pieces of plastic together to make custom wrappers, but then Erin reminded me that sandwich bags existed, and luckily, the cheese was a perfect fit. I was fretting about how to sew them to the background, but I tried Super Fabric Glue“, and it held perfectly.

cheesy yarnbomb - Hi, Jenny Brown

By this point I had fallen in love with this cheesy yarnbomb – and I was trying to think of any excuse to keep it forever.  But I knew that wasn’t right.  My knitting group friend KG suggested a local park, so Craft Husband and I checked it out.

cheesy yarnbomb - Hi, Jenny Brown

The park looked beautiful with autumn leaves falling slowly from the branches and crunching underfoot.  We followed the pedestrian bridge across the highway and back before I decided on this landing for the piece.  I love the idea of someone seeing it from the bottom of the ramp and running up to see what it is.

Bye,
Jenny Brown

PS – If you’re hungry for more punny yarnbombs, let me know in the comments below.

Pom-Poms Pom Bomb

Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny Brown

Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny Brown Last October, I signed up for a class with Kim Werker, Betsy Greer, and Leanne Prain in Brooklyn (where I serendipitously met internet friend Kelly of Our Secret Treehouse). Afterward I tried to make non-awkward small talk with my craft heroes, and Leanne mentioned that a great way to get kids involved in yarnbombing is to let them make pom-poms.  I tucked that in the back of my mind for just the right project.

Ugly creature class photo! #mightyugly #makemendreflect

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Fast forward to this spring: I was hanging with the folks of Metuchen Yarnbombing, coming up with ideas for a yarnbomb booth at the town’s upcoming art festival, when I blurted out “pom-poms!” When our first plan was denied due to the possibility of irreparable damage to foliage (???), Jen bought the perfect kid-sized fence to cover in yarny cuteness. On Friday night, our crew gathered at the appropriate street corner and looked over the sample pom-poms we each made.  It had been sticky and hot all day, there weren’t many folks walking around, and I figured we were in for an evening of sitting around winding yarn.   Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny Brown I remember asking a group of teenagers if they wanted to try making a pom-pom…  Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny Brown And then, the droves… Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny BrownFor the next 3 hours, I repeated the key phrases “Don’t wrap too tight or your fingers will fall off,” “Are you safe with scissors?” and “It’s OK if you cut me, but let’s be careful so we don’t hurt anyone else” again and again.  I’m not afraid to put scissors or needles or pins into the hands of newbie crafters, but there was such a crowd, and it was getting darker by the minute. Luckily, we made it through the entire night without a single injury. IMG_5193(There was also the added danger of pom-pom projectiles, as some genius told the kids that the only way to get a pom-pom to fluff up was the throw it in the air.  I even told the super shy kids that the higher they threw it, the fluffier it would be.  I can’t get enough of kids making that face that just says “Really?”) Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny Brown I wish I could show you a picture of the fence completely covered in poms, but truthfully, we let most of the kids walk away with their new little buddies.  How could I judge someone for falling in love with their first little yarn creation? Pom-Pom Pom bomb - Hi, Jenny BrownI was completely exhausted by the time we left, but as I told CH on the way home, “I wish I could do this every day.”  So if you need a crazy lady to come tell your kids “If you keep wrapping the yarn so tight, your fingers will fall off,” give me a call.  Otherwise, you can make your own pom-poms with kids with just their hands or even a fork at home.

Bye,
Jenny Brown

Why You Need A Craft Husband

Craft Husband Crocheting - HiJennyBrown

Last night I showed Stretch an instagram from a popular crocheter and speculated that she was now single.  “Do you think she needs a Craft Husband?” he asked.

Before I could retort, our friend (who claims to read this blog – hi, Liar!) said: “What’s a Craft Husband?”

Why every crafter need a Craft Husband - Hi, Jenny Brown

What what? A Craft Husband (Wife / Boyfriend / Girlfriend / Friendo ) is your crafty partner in crime who is required to love you even if you do leave pins on the floor and tiny yarn snips in every crevice.  So basically, the best person ever.

Craft Husband Crocheting - HiJennyBrown

A Craft Husband has just enough craft knowledge to be dangerous

Craft Husband can tell the difference between knitting and crochet, the instances when you should use Red Heart, and the identity of quite a few yarn blogs and bloggers (although after last night’s incident, I may ask him to spend a little less time getting to know bloggers). He’s also better at picking the right item from a craft store than a grocery store.

Craft Husband - Hi, Jenny Brown

A Craft Husband will go with your to craft events

And they’ll actually enjoy it!

Craft Husbands can reach the things you can only point at - Hi, Jenny Brown

A Craft Husband is a helpful planner

If you’re looking for your own Craft Husband, might I suggest finding a tall, architect type?  Stretch (hence the name) is the best at reaching all the high places I can only point to.  He knows how to make yarnbombs structurally sound(ish).  Oh, and he’s darn good at picking colors. I mean, it might not be the best color scheme, but he can actually decide on a yarn and take it to the register in under 30 minutes.  How does he do that?

Craft Husband - HiJennyBrown

A Craft Husband thinks outside the craft

While all that craft knowledge is great, it’s also good to have someone to think outside what you think is even possible with yarn.  He doesn’t know all the craft’s limitations, so he can think freely of new ideas and techniques. This occasionally backfires because he doesn’t know how much time making takes, so he’ll join me in the delusion that I can crochet anything in 24 hours.

Why you definitely need a craft husband - Hi, Jenny Brown

A Craft Husband proudly wears the things you make

Finding someone who will love your handmade gifts isn’t that difficult, true, but Craft Husband will tell folks immediately they’re handmade, who made them, and why they are special.  There’s nothing better than having someone you love explain cables to a stranger or discuss the never-ending nightmare that is seaming.

Why you need a Craft Husband - Hi, Jenny BrownA Craft Husband allows you to carry double the stuff

If you think that’s nothing, you’re not doing enough projects (or enough damage at the craft store)

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That’s probably a little too much praise to heap on a Craft Husband, but it is his birthday today: the big 4-0! Thanks, Craft Husband, for all you do and for all you will do (Did I tell you Erin and I are working on a 7 foot yarn bomb?  We’re gonna need a tall guy).

Bye,
Jenny Brown