Wednesday, January 16, 2013

FREE Crochet Pattern: Anchor Applique Tutorial

Want to add something nautical to your project? 
I was making a Navy scarf for my Dad, and could not find a (free) pattern anywhere online that I liked - so I made one up!

This anchor with a rope wrapped around is made in 4 pieces that are stitched together, as I found that this method made the lines much sharper and defined than others I had seen. I plan to use this on some funky Rockabilly pieces and cute baby hats in the future. And of course anything involving Navy pride for family.


  • 5 mm hook
  • I used Lion Wool Ease WW Oxford Grey for the anchor (Color A), and Red Heart WW Latte for the rope (Color B)
  • Needle to stitch pieces together 
  • ch = chain
  • ss = slip stitch
  • sc = single crochet
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • dc = double crochet
  • tc = triple crochet  
 Step 1 - Anchor Top: 
  • Steps 1-3 are done with Color A
  •  Ch 4, ss to 1st ch to join ring
  • Ch 2, 10 dc into ring
  • Keeping your yarn attached to the ring so as to work in a continuous piece - ch 10  
  • Turn, then hdc into 1st st of ring, and next 8 (9 hdc total)
  • Sc into the 1st st next to the ring
  • SS into the ring, then fasten off. Keep tail long for sewing later. 

Step 2 - Small Upper Bar
  •  This is the easiest part! Just ch 7, and hdc in each st (7 hdc total)
  • You may attach as you go, or wait until all pieces are complete. I placed the pieces together without stitching as I went, so I could adjust and for reference.

Step 3 - Bottom of Anchor
  • Ch 15
  • Tc into 1st and 2nd stitches
  • Dc into 3rd st
  • Then 10 hdc, 1 dc, 2 tc (15 stitches total)
  • Ch 1, turn, hdc across (15 st total)
  • Ch 1 if you like to make the top end a bit pointy

 At this point, sew the three pieces together.

Step 4 - Rope
  •  Switch to Color B, I doubled up the strands for this.
  • Ch 25
  • Flip anchor over, and attach the rope through the back loops, so it will not be visible from the front
  • Flip the anchor back over, and loosely loop the rope in the shape you want. I did not attch the rope until I attached the entire applique onto the scarf, so I could see where it looked best.

All that is left is to attach it to your project! I stitched some the the ends to make them pointier (especially the bottom part of the anchor) and made sure the center opening of the top ring was visible, like with a real anchor.

Hope you enjoy this! Can be used on hats, scarves, and much more!  

 ***Feel free to use your work from my free patterns for whatever purpose you like of course (you legally can sell your work from ANY pattern in the US according to copyright law, you just can't take someone's pattern and claim it as your own), but please link back to my post (not when selling, just re-posting). Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. You may share photos that include the Horizontal Designs text only.


Toqua's Crafts said...

Thank you for sharing this! I found your link via an All Free Crochet email. I do not have a use for it at this moment, but I have saved it. Should I need it in the future I will be sure to link back to you!


Claire Martin - Owner said...

Thank you so much! Would love to see pics of any projects you use it with :) Have a great day!

Paula said...

can't wait to make this! the anchor is a symbol for my daughters' sorority and will go great on these new winter headbands I'm making for them!

Claire Martin - Owner said...

That is exciting Paula! Please send pics, I'll add them to the above post or our FB page :) I'm glad you have use for them! Thanks!

Jiennette Jackson said...

Thank u so much, it was wick & super easy, I made earring for the Wives.

Tamara said...

This is great, thank you so much for sharing it! I linked to it this morning on my blog: :)

Claire Martin - Owner said...

Thanks Tamara! I love and frequent your blog, thanks for including the pattern. That's a great nautical collection!!!

Montessori300 said...

Thank you for this. It worked like a charm. If I create any additional anchors, I shall post them to share.

Anna Eddleman said...

I'm sorry but I do not understand this part of your pattern can you please explain what you mean by ch 10 and then turn and hdc in the first stitch of the ring?????

Purrfection said...

Thank you so very much!.This will add an amazing finishing touch to a project for my close friend in the navy!

ritasilveira123 said...

Thanks for sharing.God Bless You.

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