Independence Day crochet pattern – Free Uncle Sam outfit for Gonk
Please remember, you will still need my original Santa Gonk crochet pattern to follow these free add-on outfits and accessories. If you haven’t already done so, you can support me by purchasing your copy here Santa Gonk, or via my Ravelry store.
UNCLE SAM OUTFIT FREE CROCHET PATTERN
Adam Gonk has been invited back over the pond, to help with the 4th of July celebrations. He’ll be dressing up as Uncle Sam for a guest appearance at the school he visited last Thanksgiving!
This Independence Day crochet pattern includes the US Flag stars and stripes top hat, a smart tailcoat, and instructions for the underclothing with bow tie.
To make an Uncle Sam Gonk, you will need Red, White, and Blue yarn. I have made up a new Gonk with full unclothing details, you can just make the hat and coat to dress up your own Gonk.
Remember, you can use any yarn weight to make your Gonks. Just ensure you keep to the same yarn weight and hook size for his outfits to keep to scale.
If you would like to make another Gonk with clothing colours, Work the main body as detailed in the original Santa Gonk pattern, changing colours as follows.
We will be working the stripy trousers using Waistcoat Stitches (as used in making the hat below), and adding 3 more rounds to the base pattern for the trouser waistband detail, which will be noted as a or b after the normal pattern rounds.
Work R1. to R7. in Black or your shoe colour.
Work R8. in White and Red, alternating colours every 3 stitches.
Work Waistcoat Stitches for rounds R9. to R14., alternating between White and Red every 3 stitches in line with the previous round for the stripy trousers.
R14a. Repeat the previous round to add an extra round to compensate for the shorter Waistcoat Stitches.
R14b. Using Red only, sl st into each stitch.
Work R15. into the top of the R14a. stitches behind the previous slip stitches using Red only.
R15a. Using White only, sl st into each stitch.
Continuing with White, work R16. going into the back loops of the previous slip stitches and stitch tops of R15. together.
Work R17. to R19. in White.
Work R20. to R30. in skin tone for the head.
For the arms, work R1. to R3. in skin tone and change to White for the rest of arms.
Find the position for the nose by lining up the top of the nose under the 8th round from top. Attach the arms on either side under the 10th round from top.
Using Red yarn, chain 14, sl st into the first ch to form a circle. Work the following into the back bumps of the chain stitches:
sc, hdc, dc x4, hdc, sc, hdc, dc x4, hdc, sl st into the first sc to join.
Cut the yarn leaving a long tail. Use your yarn needle to thread the tail end through the opposite sc st to flatten the piece into a bow shape. Wrap the yarn around the centre sc stitches a few times to hold together, and thread the yarn through again to secure. Use the remaining tail end to attach the bow, 1 round beneath the Gonk’s nose.
ADD HAIR & BEARD:
Add hair to the head using the same technique as used for the beard. I have used White and Light Grey yarn, and attached around the top 3 rounds of the Gonk’s head. I have then unravelled the plies of yarn to make the hair curly, and trimmed the ends level.
Add a Goatee beard by attaching yarn along the bottom of the nose only. I have unravelled the yarn, gently brushed out the goatee with a wire brush, and trimmed to shape.
INDEPENDENCE DAY CROCHET PATTERN FOR GONK
For neat lines for our colour changes, we will be working Waistcoat Stitches. Waistcoat stitches are worked the same as standard single crochet stitches, only you hook through the middle of the stitch post rather than the stitch top loops. For more details and photos for working Waistcoat Stitches, please see my previous Royal Wedding Celebration Gonk pattern.
To work our Waistcoat Stitches, we want to keep our stitches quite loose to make it easier to work into the stitch posts. To keep to the right scale for our Gonks, we will use a hook one size smaller than usual. You will also need your standard size hook to start the base stitches for the Waistcoat Stitches, to set the scale.
I have used Aran/Worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook for my Gonk, so I will use a 5mm and 4mm hook for my hat. Adjust your hook size accordingly, eg. if you use Chunky/Bulky weight yarn for your Gonk and a 6mm hook, you’ll need a 6mm and 5mm hook.
For the written pattern, I will refer to the stitches using the colours.
R is for Red, W is for White, B is for Blue.
When changing colours, switch on the last pull through of the stitch to complete the sc with the new colour.
Each letter will represent a single waistcoat stitch unless indicated with a number before (eg. 2B) for an increase in the same stitch (make 2 stitches of the same colour into the same stitch). Instructions with x(number) indicate to repeat the same for the next (number) of stitches, eg. B x2 = make a single Blue waistcoat stitch into the next 2 stitches.
Instructions within [ ] indicate a colour change sequence to be worked into the same stitch, making an increase.
When joining at the end of the round, sl st into the normal stitch top of the sc stitch.
If you would like to follow photographs for this pattern, please see the Free 4th of July American Flag Mini Hat pattern, where I have used the same top hat pattern to make fun fascinators for us to join in with the celebrations!
STARS AND STRIPES TOP HAT CROCHET PATTERN:
Work the hat in joined rounds. The ch1s at the beginning of each round do not count as stitches.
Using your standard (larger) size hook and your Blue yarn, start with a magic ring,
sc x6 into mr, pull closed, sl st into the first sc to join (6)
Switch over to your smaller hook size to work the waistcoat stitches. Keep your stitches a little loose to help with working into them. You can do this by ensuring you bring the pulled through loops to the top of your work, as if it were level with a standard sc stitch.
We will add White yarn in the next round. Remember to work around the dropped yarn to carry it forward. When joining your new colour, simply pull the new colour through your last working stitch to finish the stitch, then crochet around the starting tail for a few stitches to hold it in place.
ch1, [B,W] x6 (changing back to B on the last st), sl st to join (12)
Work the next round in Blue only, continue crocheting around the dropped White yarn to maintain the stitch thickness.
ch1, *B, 2B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (18)
ch1, *[B, W], B, W,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to B on the last st), sl st to join (24)
Work the next round in Blue only. Again, continue crocheting around the dropped White yarn.
ch1, *B x3, 2B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (30)
ch1, *B, W, [B, W], B, W,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to B on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Work the next round in Blue only, crocheting over the White.
ch1, *B x5, 2B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (42)
Now drop the White yarn and work with Blue yarn only. Switch back over to your standard/larger hook size and work the next round in the back loops only.
ch1, sl st in the back loops of each stitch, sl st into the first to join (42)
ch1, *sc x5, sc2tog,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to W on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Cut your Blue yarn leaving a short tail. You can crochet around the tail end in the next round to secure, or weave it in.
Switch back over to your smaller hook size and work Waistcoat stitches again from here.
We will start the next round with the White yarn, and introduce the Red yarn. Again, just pull the new colour through to finish the last White stitch to join, and crochet around the starting end to secure.
ch1, *W x3, R x3,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing back to W on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Follow the same colour changes again and waistcoat stitch in each for the next rounds.
We will work one more repeat, but reintroduce the Blue yarn at the end, ready for the following round.
ch1, *W x3, R x3,* repeat between * to the end of round (changing to B on your last st), sl st to join (36)
Cut the Red yarn here and crochet around or weave in the tail end.
We will now use the Blue yarn only. Continue to work around the White yarn for this next round to maintain the stitch size.
ch1, B x36, sl st to join (36)
ch1, *B, W, B,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (36)
Continue crocheting around the White for the next round.
ch1, B x36 (changing to W on the last st), sl st to join (36)
Cut the Blue yarn and crochet around or weave in the tail end.
We will be working the brim in normal sc, using White yarn. For the next round, work into the front loops only of the previous round.
ch1, *sc x5, inc,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (42)
Work into the normal both loops of the sc stitches from here on.
ch1, sc x3, *inc, sc x6,* repeat between * to the end of round (finishing with only sc x3), sl st to join (48)
ch1, *sc x7, inc,* repeat between * to the end of round, sl st to join (54)
ch1, sc x4, *inc, sc x8,* repeat between * to the end of round (finishing with only sc x4), sl st to join (60)
ch1, sc in each st, sl st to join, fasten off and weave in ends (60)
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UNCLE SAM TAILCOAT CROCHET PATTERN:
Beginning ch1s are turning chains only and do not count as stitches. Using your standard size hook and Blue yarn, start by chaining 27,
sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each remaining ch, turn (26)
ch1, inc, sc x2, ch5 and skip the next 5 sts, sc x2, inc, sc x4, inc, sc x2, ch5 and skip 5 sts, sc x2, inc, turn (30)
ch1, inc, sc x3, sc x5 along the ch sts, sc, inc, sc x8, inc, sc, sc x5 along ch sts, sc x3, inc, turn (34)
ch1, inc, sc x12, inc, sc x6, inc, sc x12, inc, turn (38)
ch1, inc, sc x36, inc, turn (40)
ch1, inc, sc x38, inc, turn (42)
ch1, sc in each st, turn (42)
sl st x3 (do not count as stitches), ch1, sc2tog, sc x11, inc, sc x8, inc, sc x11, sc2tog, turn skipping the last 3 sts (36)
ch1, sc2tog, sc x32, sc2tog, turn (34)
ch1, sc2tog, sc x20, turn, sc x10 back along the previous stitches, turn, sc x10 over the last stitches, continue sc x10 along the original row below, sc2tog, turn (32)
ch1, sc2tog, sc x28, sc2tog, turn (30)
Continue on to the edge and lapels.
Working the edge and lapels:
ch1, sc x4 up along the edges of rows, sc x3 over the 3 sl sts made at the beginning of R8.,
continue as follows, up along the row edges: sc, hdc x2, dc, [dc, ch3, sl st], [sl st, ch3, dc], dc,
work dc x26 along neckline (opposite side of original starting chain),
continue down the other side along the row edges as follows: dc, [dc, ch3, sl st], [sl st, ch3, dc], dc, hdc x2, sc,
ch3 (this will be the buttonhole), sc x3 along the 3 skipped sts of R8., sc x4 down along the last 4 rows.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
To find the right side of the coat, the right side of this edging row will be facing you.
Working the sleeves:
The chain 5 and skipped 5 stitches made in R2. make the armholes. We will also use the sc posts on each side of the armholes. With the right side of the coat facing you, join yarn to the middle of the underarm (3rd ch along of the opposite side of chain 5),
sc in same place as join, sc x2 along opposite side of ch, sc around side of post, sc x5 along the skipped stitches of R1., sc around side of post, sc x2, sl st into first sc to join (12)
ch1, sc in each st, sl st into first sc join (12 for 7 rounds) Fasten off and weave in ends.
Repeat for the other armhole.
Attach a button to the front on the Gonk’s right-hand side at the widest point of the coat, to match up with the buttonhole. Add 2 buttons for decoration at the back positioning them 6 rows up from the lowest point of the coat and in line just within the edges of the extra tail flap section.
You have completed the Independence Day crochet pattern for Uncle Sam Gonk.
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