European Flags – Crochet Patterns

While looking for new crochet challenges, I began to wonder how hard would it be to crochet the Flag of Finland without any instructions. So I did that. Then I wondered, how hard would it be to crochet all European Flags and write patterns for them…

The goal of this project is to design and crochet all European flags using their official proportions as closely as possible. All designs are fully done and executed by me. Please see more detailed instructions below.

European Flags

Flag of Albania
Flag of Albania
Flag of Andorra
Flag of Andorra
Flag of Armenia
Flag of Armenia
Flag of Austria
Flag of Austria
Flag of Azerbaijan
Flag of Azerbaijan
Flag of Belarus
Flag of Belarus
Flag of Belgium
Flag of Belgium
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Bulgaria
Flag of Bulgaria
Flag of Croatia
Flag of Croatia
Flag of Cyprus
Flag of Cyprus
Flag of Czech Republic
Flag of Czech Republic
Flag of Denmark
Flag of Denmark
Flag of Estonia
Flag of Estonia
Flag of Finland
Flag of Finland
Flag of France
Flag of France
Flag of Georgia
Flag of Georgia
Flag of Germany
Flag of Germany
Flag of Greece
Flag of Greece
Flag of Hungary
Flag of Hungary
Flag of Iceland
Flag of Iceland
Flag of Ireland
Flag of Ireland
Flag of Italy
Flag of Italy
Flag of Kazakhstan
Flag of Kazakhstan
Flag of Kosovo
Flag of Kosovo
Flag of Latvia
Flag of Latvia
Flag of Liechtenstein
Flag of Liechtenstein
Flag of Lithuania
Flag of Lithuania
Flag of Luxembourg
Flag of Luxembourg
Flag of Macedonia
Flag of Macedonia
Flag of Malta
Flag of Malta
Flag of Moldova
Flag of Moldova
Flag of Monaco
Flag of Monaco
Flag of Montenegro
Flag of Montenegro
Flag of Netherlands
Flag of Netherlands
Flag of Norway
Flag of Norway
Flag of Poland
Flag of Poland
Flag of Portugal
Flag of Portugal
Flag of Romania
Flag of Romania
Flag of Russia
Flag of Russia
Flag of San Marino
Flag of San Marino
Flag of Serbia
Flag of Serbia
Flag of Slovakia
Flag of Slovakia
Flag of Slovenia
Flag of Slovenia
Flag of Spain
Flag of Spain
Flag of Sweden
Flag of Sweden
Flag of Switzerland
Flag of Switzerland
Flag of Turkey
Flag of Turkey
Flag of Ukraine
Flag of Ukraine
Flag of United Kingdom
Flag of United Kingdom
Flag of Vatican City
Flag of Vatican City

General Instructions

These are the first patterns I’ve designed and I learned how to crochet just few months ago. So don’t expect perfection and feedback is highly appreciated.

Approximate size of the flags is between 14-17cm wide and 7-10cm high. The final size is highly dependent on used yarn, hook and your own crochet style. Use your own measurements and make changes where needed if aiming for perfection.

All of these patterns begin with a chain and then crocheting across that chain one row at a time. Also each new row begins with one chain stitch.

Special Stitches

I did a lot of research into common ways of writing crochet patterns and abbreviations used in them, but could not find any way to easily abbreviate the change of color in the middle of the row.

So finally I chose to call that stitch SAB, meaning a stitch (S) to change from color a (A) to color b (B). So for example abbreviation SBC is to change from color B to color C and SEA is to change from color E to color A.

Please see an excellent tutorial on how to change colors while doing a stitch from the second section:

Changing Colors in Crochet Stitches
http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-change-colors-in-crochet/

Choosing Colors

Take care when choosing appropriate colors since it might differ greatly what is available to you than what was available to me. More important than finding the correct shade of a color for a flag, is to achieve nice difference between flags which use different shades of one color, like Luxembourg vs. Netherlands.

Designing with Consistency

Consistency was important while designing these patterns. For instance the pattern for the flag of Macedonia begins with a starting chain as every other flag. But for an optimal result you should change colors in that starting chain rather than doing it with one color. But to be consistent, I chose that no color is ever changed when doing the starting chain.

For the same reason, flags which have vertical bands are done vertically rather than horizontally so you don’t have to change colors in the starting chain. Also I think vertical rows emphasize the vertical bands better.

So there are choices in these patterns that could be done better if crocheting just that one flag. But when doing all of them and aiming for consistency, some compromises must be made.

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