This crochet anchor makes a fab nautical decoration, and it takes hardly any time at all to create. Once finished you can use it to applique loads of things – such as a cushion, blanket, bag, jumper… the list of goodies waiting to be nautical-ified goes on.
I used two 8 ply yarns together to create a chunky effect and a 4mm hook, but the design is really versatile so you can beef it up as much as you like.
Free crochet anchor pattern:
- Ch 6 and join with a sl st
- Work 6 sc into the ring, join with a sl st (this forms the head of the anchor)
- Ch 6 and work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch (this forms the left stock)
- Ch 14 and work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch (this forms the left side of the shank and the left fluke)
- Ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook (this forms the crown)
- Ch 7, work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 6 ch (this forms the right fluke)
- Work 1 sc in the 7 unworked ch from step 4 (this forms the right side of the shank)
- Ch 4, work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 2 ch (this forms the right stock)
- Work 1 sc in the 2 unworked ch from step 3
- Finish off and weave in loose ends
When creating small or intricate crochet decorations from yarn they often curl at the edges – which spoils the finished effect. To get a nice crisp finish you can “block” the piece to get it to flatten out and hold its shape.
How to block crochet:
- Wet your finished piece thoroughly with cold water. Do not twist or wring out the item, just gently press out any excess water
- Flatten out the crocheted item onto a blocking board (or any surface that you can pin into – I’ve used a small polystyrene square)
- Use dressmaking pins to hold the desired shape of the crocheted item against the board
- Leave it to completely dry out for 24 hours
When your crochet is dry take out the pins and your design should look and feel much crisper and retain its shape!
Voila. Applique away.