Soft Flyers free crochet pattern
Soft Flyers free crochet pattern makes the best pool toy, indoor frisbee golf, occupational therapy tool, toddler toy, man cave toy, picnic toy, even pet toy. (NOT intended to be a chew toy.) I originally made these Soft Flyers pictured here in 2010 when my son was almost 4 years old. It gets so hot in Texas that we tend to hibernate from June to September and we run out of activities. Not only did we need something to do, but his motor skills needed some work. I'd made some stuffed crocheted balls he played with, but at 4 yo, he needed more. So, ta-da! The Soft Flyer crochet pattern came to be. Below is a lovely picture that my sweet friend shared of her furr-baby loving on his. Using cotton and an H/8 hook, this is a simple pattern that works up in 20 minutes or less.
Yarn – Lily’s Sugar N Cream- less than 1 oz.
Materials – H-hook 8/5.00mm, yarn needle, scissors
Difficulty – Easy
Size – Approx. 7” diameter
Gauge – Not crucial for this pattern
Stitch Guide in American Terms
- hdc- half double crochet
- dc- double crochet
- dc dec- double crochet decrease
- st(s)- stitch(es)
- yo- yarn over
Notes – Pattern is worked in the round as one piece.
How to join colors in this pattern: With previous color still on hook, work last stitch in that color sequence as follows. As working hdc, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up a loop, using new color, yo, draw loop through all 3 loops on hook. Continue with new color. Sew tails in later or crochet over them.
How to Double Crochet Decrease in this pattern: With one loop on hook, yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo, insert hook into next st, yo, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * until there is one loop on the hook.
Round 1: Chain 6, join with a slip stitch to form a loop, ch 1, hdc 12 in the loop, join with a slip stitch to 1st hdc skipping the chain, ch 1, do not turn (12 sts)
Round 2: Hdc in the same as ch 1, 2 hdc in each st around, slip st to 1st hdc, ch 1 (24 sts)
Round 3: Hdc in the same as ch 1, * 2 hdc, hdc in the next *, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join, ch 1 (36 sts)
Round 4: Hdc in the same as ch 1, * 2 hdc, hdc 2 *, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join, ch 1 (48 sts)
Round 5: Hdc in the same as ch 1, * 2 hdc, hdc 3 *, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join, ch 1 (60 sts)
Round 6: Hdc in the same as ch 1, * 2 hdc, hdc 4 *, repeat from * around, slip stitch to join, ch 1 (72 sts)
Round 7: Using the back loop only, * dc in the next stitch, dc dec *, repeat from * around, dc, skip 1, join to the top of the chain.
Fasten off. Sew in the ends.
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Original Pattern by: Celina Lane, Simply Collectible