Crescent Moon Appliqué — Crochet Pattern

Quick and easy make. A stash buster and scrap yarn project. Bringing the moon to your hands. Finally, you can say to everyone, you have the moon in your hands.

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Have you ever made an appliqué before? Do you know what an appliqué is or what you can do with them?

There are so many appliqué patterns out there. They are a little project you can make, with less amount of yarn. They bring amazing characteristics to any make you are making or use them in the photos you capture.

Here are projects you can add them to:

  • Beanies
  • Bags of any kind
  • Cardigans
  • Cowls/Scarfs
  • Gloves/Mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Tee’s

They can bring them all together. These little items are just perfect to add, rather than, using tapestry crochet. You just simply add them by sewing them on or you can even crochet them onto your projects. Me personally, I love sewing them on.

I can honestly tell you this: this project is literally perfect for both and I made it this on purpose. Sometimes … things like the just happen and they did here.

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Here is a little information about Crescent Moons and why they are my favorite and why I created them:

When the Moon appears early in its first quarter or late in its last quarter, only a small arc-shaped section is visible and illuminated by the Sun.

The orientation of the crescent Moon depends on the time of day, the season, and the viewer’s location.

  • During evening twilight, from January through March, in all of the northern temperate latitudes (from 25° to 50° north latitude, encompassing Canada, China, all of Europe, Japan, Russia, and the United States), the changing angle of the lunar orbit with respect to the horizon orients the crescent with its points, or horns, aimed upward, displaying a benevolent smile.
  • For the remainder of the year, the crescent appears sideways, like an archer’s bow.

At no time of night from any location on Earth does the Moon appear to be frowning; this occurs only around midday, in full sunlight.

The year-round view from the tropics is of a smiling crescent.

If you want to read more about Crescent Moons read them here: https://www.almanac.com/content/captivating-crescent-moon

Once you start, I can tell you that you won’t just stop at one moon. You will have a million moons.

Design

Halloween had been in my mind all month long. From watching all the horror movies, Halloween designs I have made and that eerie Halloween night when you can see the moon while Trick or Treating, the moon is hanging about you. I had yo captivate that feeling. To create that Crescent shape and moon like feeling, I can say it took me awhile, but settled on this one. You start with a chain, your first and last stitch are made in the actual ch’s, the stitches in between are made around the chain. Even, if you choose to make them right on your project, it will be the same sequence as not making them right on your project. I haven’t set a certain hook or yarn, because the hook or yarn will give you a small or x-large size moon. I will give you sample sizes in the hooks that I used so you get a feel.

Yarn

There is no exact yarn for this project. For the samples, I used a worsted weight 4 100% acrylic yarn, which is Red Heart Yarn Super Saver in White and Gold. It just had that more heavier feel I love to use and holds it shape, plus the colors are a wide spectrum that is endless. Feel free to use any yarn weight or type, you have on hand for these moons. Feel free to use any color from your favorite color or the yarn you have been wanting to use for a while now.

If you would like, shop a wide variety of yarn from the links below of my favorite yarn companies:

Click Image to Shop Furls Wander Yarn
Click Image to Shop Furls Whims Merino Yarn in Dk and Worsted

Hook

I used my absolutely favorite and best hooks in the world for this design. I used my Furls Streamline Swirl Hooks. They are a medium lightweight hook, they float through yarn like frosting a cake. They glide with the yarn like a match made in heaven. They come in 11 different color styles and 10 different sizes. They are perfect for hands, not leaving them cramping and crocheting for hours, but they are totally Eye Candy, just as much.

Click Image to Shop Furls Streamline Swirl Hooks

Skill Level

Beginner +

Gauge

Gauge isn’t crucial to this pattern, as I have made it towards using any hook or yarn of your choice.

Measurements

~ Length — Tip to Tip: 1.5”

~ Width — middle stitch: 0.75”

Materials

  • Hook: Any Size
  • Yarn: any weight, any type and any color
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Marker (optional)
  • Tapestry Needle (weaving in ends)

Abbreviations/Stitches Used

  • Ch: chain
  • Slst: slip stitch
  • SC: single crochet
  • HDC: half double crochet
  • DC: double crochet
  • TRC: treble crochet
  • BLO: back loop only
  • YO: yarn over
  • FO: fasten off

Special Stitches

HDC: to begin this stitch, YO, insert your hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), YO and pull through all loops on your hook

DC: to being this stitch, YO, insert your hook in indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), YO, pull through first 2 loops (2 loops on your hook), YO and pull through last 2 loops

TRC: to begin this stitch, YO over twice, insert your hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull up a loop (4 loops on your hook), YO, pull through first 2 loops (3 loops on your hook), YO, pull through next 2 loops (2 loops on your hook), YO and pull through the last 2 loops

Pattern Notes

There are a few, as this a super quick and easy make.

  • Uses US Crochet Terminology
  • Ch’s don’t as a stitch
  • Instead of going in the actual Ch, you’re going around the base Ch’s
  • The size of your moons, all depends on the size of your hook and yarn you’re using
  • When you get closer to the end of the Ch, simply and lightly, push the stitches up on the Ch, to have more to complete the stitch sequence.
  • To measure your width: you’re just measuring the treble crochet, as they are the center of the moon
  • To measure your length: you’re going to start at the first sc to the Slst, which are the tips of the moon
  • I written this pattern in 3 different sizes all by the ch’s you start with. You get a more of a curve or a straight edge
  • You can make these Moons as a stand alone or right onto your project

Now …. Let’s start making MOONS

1st Moon:

Start by Ch8, in 2nd Ch from hook place a SC, place 2 HDC around the Ch, place 3 DC around the Ch, place 3 TRC around the Ch, place 3 DC around the Ch, place 2 HDC around the Ch, place a SC around the Ch, Slst into the first Ch made. FO and weave in your ends.

2nd Moon:

Start by Ch8, in 2nd Ch from hook place a SC, place 2 HDC around the Ch, place 2 DC around the Ch, place 3 TRC around the Ch, place 2 DC around the Ch, place 2 HDC around the Ch, place a SC around the Ch, Slst into the first Ch made. FO and weave in your ends.

3rd Moon:

Start by Ch7, in 2nd Ch from hook place a SC, place 2 HDC around the Ch, place 2 DC around the Ch, place a TRC around the Ch, place 2 DC around Ch, place 2 HDC around the Ch, place a SC around Ch, Slst into the first Ch made. FO and weave in your ends.

Attaching Your Moon …

Figure out on your make where you would like to attach your moon at. With that, cut a long piece of yarn, thread onto your needle, tie a knot on the bottom, with your moon in given place, sew your moon in place by simply going through the BLO’S along the edge of the moon, tie a knot to secure and weave in your ends.

Attaching Moon right on ….

Figure out where you would like to attach your moon. With that being said, attach your yarn with a Slst, simply follow the steps above for the type of moon you would like to make, after your last stitch you made, Slst it down, FO and weave in your ends.

3 finished Crescent Moons

Final Words ….

Thank you for taking the time to come here and checkout my latest design. Your support for my little crochet world is amazing and means a lot to me. Where, I can keep creating and bringing more designs. I literally can’t wait to see what you do with your new Crescent Moons and the colors you’re going to choose.

When sharing, don’t forget to tag me on Facebook (@mandm.crochet) and Instagram (@mm_crochet17), using #mandmcrochet and #crescentmoonapplique, to have a chance to be featured on our stories or feed.

If you have any questions that may arise, please don’t hesitate to contact me at mm.crochet17@icloud.com, I am here to help.

Disclosure

Please don’t copy or paste any portion of this pattern in parts or full, as it’s strictly prohibited. Please don’t recreate, redistribute, or sell this pattern off as your own, as it belongs to us. Please don’t reuse, recreate or sell any photos contained in this pattern, off as your own, as they belong to us. Don’t translate this pattern in another language without permission from us. Don’t use this pattern for any educational purposes without having permission from us. You may sell what you make from this pattern, but I do encourage you link back to our website: mm-crochet17.com, to credit us as the designer.

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