Cross in Openwork Banner Free Crochet Pattern - Easter - Faith Theme or Church Decoration

An original design created by Sandi Marshall, March 2009

I hope you will enjoy using this pattern to create a pretty crocheted banner with an openwork cross design. My how-to photos make the stitch combinations easy to understand. Great decoration for Easter or as anytime décor to show your faith or for use in a church setting.

Materials:

Worsted weight yarn with a US size H hook.
For a smaller banner, use sport weight yarn with a US size G hook.
You could use any fiber of yarn of your choosing, for example, cotton or acrylic.

I used about 5 oz. for the main color and 1 oz. for the contrasting color on the edging.

Wooden dowel, to be inserted through the tabs at the top of the banner. The tabs are roomy enough to accommodate various thicknesses of wooden dowels; use what you have on hand or the size you can find when shopping. I used a dowel sized 1/4 inch round in the example.

One length of string or ribbon to be tied to each end of the dowel, used for hanging the banner.

Finished size: When crocheted with worsted weight yarn and a US size H hook, banner is about 14 1/4 inches wide and 17 1/4 inches tall before the Scallop Outside Round is added and not counting the tabs at the top.

Gauge is not important for this project, as the banner does not have to be any exact finished size. I've given measurements just to give you an idea of the general size range.

Abbreviations: ch = chain, ea = each, dc = double crochet, sc = single crochet, sp = space

Pattern Notes: You will turn at the end of each row. These instructions are written in American English crochet pattern terminology.

Starting Chain: 48 chains.

Row 1: dc in 5th ch from hook, dc in ea ch across. (45 dc)

Row 2: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, dc in ea dc across. (45 dc in this row - count to be sure; it's crucial to have the correct number of stitches for the design to work out right when you begin the openwork section for the cross in row 5)

Rows 3 and 4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 17 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc.

Note: (looking at the stitches closest to the hook, the photo on the right shows how it looks to chain 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc) ... continue row 5 ...

ch 1, skip next 2 dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc to make a v-stitch,

Note: Photo on the right shows the part that was done in previous photo plus the added chain 1, skip 2 dc, make a v-stitch, so you can see what this part of the instruction for row 5 looks like when crocheted. Now continue Row 5 ...

ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in next dc,

Note: Photo shows parts already shown in previous two photos along with the crocheting of the instructions just given. Now continuing row 5 ...

ch 1, skip next dc, dc in ea of next 17 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Note: Photo on the right shows the previous parts of the Row 5 openwork section, adding chain 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc. You would then proceed to also dc in the remaining dc of that row, per the instructions given in the pattern sentence above.

Row 6: (refer to the next photo below, if needed), ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 17 dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch in the center of the v-stitch of previous row, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 17 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Photo Showing Rows 5 and 6 Openwork Center Portion:

Rows 7 - 17: Repeat Row 6.

Row 18: (refer to the next photo below, if needed), ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 9 dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc to make a v-stitch, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch in the center of the v-stitch of previous row, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next dc to make a v-stitch, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in ea of next 9 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Photo Showing Rows 16, 17 and 18 Openwork Center Portion:

Row 19: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 9 dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch in the center of the v-stitch of previous row, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch, ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 9 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Rows 20 and 21: Repeat Row 19.

Row 22: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 9 dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch in the center of the v-stitch of previous row (this is the v-stitch at the center of the cross), ch 1, skip next dc of v-stitch, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, skip next dc of v-stitch, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 9 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Row 23: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 17 dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, skip next dc, (dc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch-1 sp to make a v-stitch in the center of the v-stitch of previous row, ch 1, skip next dc, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc, ch 1, skip next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 17 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Rows 24 and 25: Repeat Row 23.

Row 26: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 17 dc, (dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in next dc) 4 times, then dc in next ch-1 sp, dc in ea of next 17 dc, dc in top of ch-3 at end of row.

Rows 27 - 29: ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in ea of next 43 dc,
dc in top of ch-3 at end of row. (45 dc)

Outside Round - (the reference photo on the right shows the left-hand side edge of 3 rows, with 2 sc made around the dc on the very edge of each of those rows). Outside Round Instructions: ch 1, then working down the side of the piece, make 2 sc around the post of ea dc on the edge of ea row along that side. ch 2 for a corner, then working along the bottom edge of the piece, make one sc in the remaining loop of ea starting chain along that side. ch 2 for a corner, then working along the next side, make 2 sc around the post of ea dc on the edge of ea row along that side. ch 2 for a corner, then working along the top edge, sc in ea dc along that side. ch 2 for a corner, slip stitch in the first sc of this round.

End off. Weave in ends.

The next part, the Scallop Outside Round, has two treble stitches in the one larger scallop in the center of the bottom edge. Here are instructions for the treble, if you need a refresher:

How to Make a Treble Stitch (Abbreviation for treble = tr): Wrap yarn around hook twice, then insert hook in stitch to be worked, yarn over hook, pull yarn through stitch to be worked, yarn over hook, pull yarn through two loops on hook, yarn over hook, pull yarn through another two loops on hook, yarn over hook, pull yarn through last two loops left on hook.

Scallop Outside (Partial) Round 1 (worked along 3 sides): Attach contrasting color yarn to the first sc on the left-hand side edge of the outside round. ch 1, sc in first sc (same place where yarn was attached), * skip next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 8 more times, then skip next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in next ch-2 corner space, then begin working along the next side: [skip next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc], repeat the directions between [ and ] 2 more times then ch 2, skip next 3 sc, (2 dc, ch 1, tr) all in next sc, ch 1, (tr, ch 1, 2 dc) all in next sc, ch 2, skip next 3 sc, sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc, (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip next 2 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch-2 sp, then working along the next side: skip next sc, *** (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip next 2 sc, sc in next sc, skip next 2 sc ****, repeat the directions between *** and **** 8 more times, then (2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc, slip stitch in the next ch-2 corner space. You will not work any scallops along the top edge of the banner. Continue with Scallop Outside (Partial) Round 2.

Scallop Outside Round 1 - Closer Look at the Larger Scallop (With Treble Stitches) in the Center of the Bottom Edge:

Scallop Outside (Partial) Round 2 (worked along 3 sides) - (refer to the next photo below showing Scallop Outside Round 2 done along three of the scallops that were already made in Round 1). Scallop Outside Round 2 Instructions: turn, slip stitch in the first sc, * sc in ea of next 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in the next ch-3 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, slip stitch in next sc **, repeat the directions between * and ** 9 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch-2 sp, then working along the next side: slip stitch in next sc, [sc in ea of next 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in the next ch-3 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, slip stitch in next sc, ] repeat the directions between [ and ] 2 more times, then 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, sc in ch-1 sp, sc in next tr, (sc, ch 4, sc) all in next ch-1 sp, sc in next tr, sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, slip stitch in next sc, ++ sc in ea of next 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in the next ch-3 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, slip stitch in next sc +++, repeat the directions between ++ and +++ 2 more times, then (sc, ch 2, sc) all in corner ch-2 sp, then working along the next side: slip stitch in next sc, *** sc in ea of next 2 dc, (sc, ch 3, sc) all in the next ch-3 sp, sc in ea of next 2 dc, slip stitch in next sc ****, repeat the directions between *** and **** 9 more times, then slip stitch in next ch-2 sp.

End off. Weave in ends.

Scallop Outside Rounds 1 and 2 Done Along Edge:

Sewing Through Both Tab Thicknesses, To Join Tab to Banner Top:

Banner Tabs (Make 4):

Tab Starting Chain: 8 chains.

Tab Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook. sc in ea ch across. (7 sc)

Tab Row 2: ch 1 to turn, sc in ea sc across. (7 sc)

Tab Rows 3 - 12: Repeat Tab Row 2.

After Row 12, end off, leaving a strand of about 12 inches to use for sewing the tab to the banner.

Sewing Tabs to Top of Banner: Position one tab at the right-hand side edge of the top of the banner. Fold the tab in half, with the two tab ends touching the top of the banner and hand-sew it in place, catching both thicknesses of the tab with each sewing stitch, using a large-eye yarn needle threaded with yarn of the same color and type that you used to crochet the banner and tabs.

Position the next tab at the left-hand side of the top of the banner and sew it in place, in the same way as the first.

The photo on the right shows two of the tabs sewn in place, with two tabs left to be added.

Position the remaining two tabs so that there will be equal amount of space between all of the four tabs across the top of the banner. It's a good idea to measure and then to pin these last two tabs in place until you get them sewn on.

Insert the wooden dowel through the tabs. Tie a length of string or ribbon to the dowel ends, with one end of the string or ribbon tied to each end of the dowel.

Copyright and Terms of Use: This is an original design, created by Sandi Marshall, with pattern directions written by Sandi Marshall. It is a copyrighted pattern. Per copyright law, do not put the pattern directions on another web page, blog page, e-book, printed publication, etc. and do not distribute by photocopy, electronic copy or otherwise, even if it would be made available to others for free. If someone else would like to have the pattern, please give the URL of this web page so that person may come to this page to get the pattern for herself/himself. The pattern photos on this page are also copyrighted and have the same terms of use as the pattern directions. If you show on the Internet your own photo of an item that you make from this pattern, please kindly include a link to this free pattern page so that others may know where to find the pattern for themselves. By doing this, you can encourage me as a designer and help me to be able to create more new original patterns in the future. Thank you. More info about copyright law can be read at http://www.templetons.com/brad/copymyths.html

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

that's fantastic - lovely end piece, and easy to follow, detailed instructions. Nice one!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Wonderful hub and I am sure you will still get some great search engine traffic even though this was not connected to the hubmob. Some of my best ranked hubs are not hubmobs, although the hubmobs are good for getting traffic.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

This is great - and the instructions are beautifully plain. I'll have to try this one soon.

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