I made up this blanket pattern as a wedding present a couple months ago. I wanted to try something new, and also, someday their future kids will make a fort with it.
So far, I’ve only made granny square blankets. I hope to branch out soon, but when you are going off the grid, sometimes its good to stick with what you know. The flag is mostly straight lines, so that part was easy enough, but the star. The star was the tough part. It had to be a 5-pointed star. I needed it to be the right size. I think there was a large, sad pile of discarded stars after I was done.
I ended up following a youtube video for this star. I figured out to outline the star in blue, so I could sew it on without obvious stitch marks.
It crocheted up pretty quickly, so you still have time if you need another Christmas present idea!