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WIP 04/30/17 Woodland Themed Afghan – American Bald Eagle Applique

It seems like it’s taking f..o..r..e..v..e..r to finish this blanket! But it’s my fault. I got the crazy notion to create my own patterns for appliques to put on it. I have never created anything doing free-form crochet before… but I am surprised (and proud!) of how well my appliques turn out! Some days creating a new pattern goes as smooth as melted chocolate but other days I just fight and fight with it and end up frogging the whole thing and throwing it in a heap in the corner for being bad. After I finally get one finished, there’s the task of deciphering my chicken scratch notes while trying to type it into a document, plus figuring out which pictures I took go where. When that’s done, I recreate a new applique following my newly written pattern to double check my stitches and for ease of instruction.

So far I have the pine tree, fox, hedgehog, bear, wolf and owl appliques finished from the original crochet along I was following. I have created my own cabin, vintage camper, fish, raccoon, hiker, and moose applique. I’ve created a mouse too but don’t know if I’ll use him.. he looks more like a rat (nothing bad against rats… I used to have them as pets!) but I don’t know if he fits the ‘woodland’ theme. What do you think?

I have all my color blocks done for the blanket. I only have 3 more trees to do and 9 appliques (possibly more, if I replace any or make my blanket bigger). I’ve been looking at different ways to join my granny squares when they’re all finished and I think I’ve decided on one and can’t wait to get to that process!

Anyways, here’s my latest, proud and fierce applique! An American Bald Eagle.

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Crochet Eagle Applique

Measures approximately 6” tall by 5” wide.

Supplies

  • medium worsted weight yarn (4)

15 yards – Red Heart Super Saver in White

2 yards – Red Heart Super Saver in Black

4 yards – Lion Brand, Vanna’s Choice, in Mustard

1 yard – Loops & Threads, Impeccable, in Chocolate

  • Crochet hooks size H (5.0 mm) and size G (4.0 mm)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
HEAD

With white yarn and H hook

Row 1: MR, Ch 2 (counts as a stitch), 7 dc in ring, join to top of ch 2 (8)

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same, 2 dc in next 3, sc 2, sl st, turn (10)

Row 3: Ch 3, sk chs and sl st back into same, sl st 2, sc 2, ch 5, sl st to 2nd ch from hook, sc 3 back down chain, sl st into next (see picture 01, hook is pointing to correct stitch), ch 1, turn (10)

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Row 4: Sc in next, sc 2, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 5: Sc in same, sc 2, sl st into next (see picture 02, hook is pointing to correct stitch), ch 1, turn (4)

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Row 6: Sc in same, sc 2, ch 7, turn (3)

Row 7: Sl st into 3rd ch from hook, hdc 4, ch 1, sl st into next (see picture 03, hook is pointing to correct stitch), ch 1, turn (6)

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Row 8: Sc in next, sc 4, ch 7, turn (5)

Row 9: Sl st into 3rd ch from hook, hdc 9, ch 1, sk 1, sl st into next, (see picture 04, hook is pointing to correct stitch), ch 1, turn (11)

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Row 10: Hdc in next, hdc 7, sc, ch 4, turn (13)

Row 11: Sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc, hdc 4, sc 4, sl st to next, (see picture 05, hook is pointing to correct stitch), ch 1, turn (11)

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Row 12: Hdc in next, hdc 7, sc, ch 4, turn (9)

Row 13: Sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc, hdc 8, sk 1 and sl st into 2nd (see picture 06, hook is pointing to correct stitch), ch 1, turn (11)

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Row 14: Sc in same, sc 9, sl st, turn (11)

Row 15: Sl st into next, sc 7, ch 5, turn (8)

Row 16: Sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc 2, sk 1 and sl st into 2nd (see picture 07, hook is pointing to correct stitch), do not turn (4)

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Row 17: Sc, ch 4, sl st into 3rd ch from hook, sc, sl st into next, do not turn (4)

Row 18: Sc, ch 2, sk chs and sl st back into same, sl st once more (3)

Fasten off, leave a long tail to use to attach applique to granny square.

BEAK

Row 1: Still using H hook, attach mustard yarn in stitch shown on picture 08, leave yourself a 10” beginning tail. Ch 5, sl st in 2nd ch from hook, sl st 3, sl st back into same as join.

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Now referring to picture 9: Sl st 3 {marked on picture}, ch 1, turn (8)

eaglepic09 copyRow 2: Sc into 3rd loop and front loop of your previous sl st, sc 2 more times in this manner (see X, Y and Z in picture 10), fold beak section from row 1 over onto head and sc 2 in same st as join, ch 1, turn (5)

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Row 3: Sc in same, sc 4, ch 1, turn (5)

Row 4: Sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 5: Sc, hdc, dc, ch 1, turn (3)

Row 6: Hdc2tog, sl st, ch 3, turn (2)

Row 7: Sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sc, hdc, sl st. Fasten off, leave long tail to use to attach applique to granny square. Use your beginning 10” yarn tail to sew down section of beak from row 1 onto head. (Finished beak in picture 11).

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EYE

Rnd 1: With G-Hook and chocolate yarn, MR, 4 sc in ring, join
with a sl st to 1st sc (4)

Rnd 2: Switch to black, sl st 2, ch 2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook, sl st 4, ch 2, sk 2 ch and sl st back into same, sl st, sl st to join. Fasten off, leave a long tail.

Use black tail from rnd 2 to stitch in a ‘pupil’.

Use a scrap amount of white and stitch a ‘light reflection’ on pupil.

Use black tail and stitch eye to head, weave in ends.

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Weave in short ends and your applique is ready to attach to your granny square.

I was so excited to make this eagle applique that I wasn’t thinking about the color of my background granny square that I’d be putting it on… which is a light cream. When I attached it to my cream granny square it kinda got lost so I had to improvise a way to make it stand out more. I ended up using about a couple yards of gray yarn and just slip stitching around the edge of the head. He will still make a great addition to my afghan!

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**You can purchase an inexpensive copy of this pattern HERE
**Favorite or queue on Ravelry HERE
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7 thoughts on “WIP 04/30/17 Woodland Themed Afghan – American Bald Eagle Applique

  1. Lisa your appliques are amazing! To be able to see something like an eagle in your head and be able to translate that to your hook!!! Bravo!! That is true creativity and talent! I giggled about putting the yarn in the corner for being bad – I have a naughty yarn bin where projects that decide they are going to go bad have to sit and wait until I decide whether they will be frogged or revisited. 😀

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