Day of the Dead Banner Crochet Pattern - Four Papel Picado Patterns - Dia de los Muertos - Mexican Home Decor

Day of the Dead Banner Crochet Pattern - Four Papel Picado Patterns - Dia de los Muertos - Mexican Home Decor



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Celebrate Day of the Dead with the bright colors and passion of Mexico in a banner that will last. I designed four fun patterns in for this medium-level project with simple stitches. This pattern includes all four designs--what a deal!

There are no charts, just simple repeated motifs--clearly explained. If you like charts, you’re bound to quickly get the hang of the motifs and can use the high-quality images as a chart. I recommend using cotton crochet thread, but the designs come out great even with sport or DK weight yarn. Each flag takes 3-4 hours to make.

Day of the Dead is a colorful holiday in Mexico on the day after Halloween. Families celebrate the dead with bright yellow marigolds, wildly ornamented sugar skulls, and banners of finely perforated paper (papel picado). In the spirit of “death is the thing we all have in common,” jaunty skeletons in sombreros, traditional dresses, and pedaling away on bicycles fill every corner of these decorations.

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Skill level: MEDIUM

Required Skills
double crochet
triple crochet

7x8 inches with 1.5 mm hook
12x14 inches with 4.5 mm hook

Aunt Lydia's Classic Crochet Thread (size 10)
Or any yarn and appropriate hook

1.5 mm crochet hook
yarn needle

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annettecjsangels Oct 3, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Love it! Easy download! Can't wait to create from this beautiful written pattern!!!

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Diane McGahey Oct 5, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

looks cute, I look forward to making this. I hope to have it finished for next year. Thank you!

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LE Hollar Nov 3, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Used this pattern for a skirt guard for a Tweed Ride resto-mod of an early women's Columbia bicycle. I had a lot of adoring fans! Thank you for this great pattern. I was worried it wouldn't stretch to fit a 700c wheel size, but with blocking and stretching to fit, it worked. (It helped that I placed mounts under the fenders.) Thank you!

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