Flail / Morning Star (Free Pattern)

So if you look around my patterns, you’ll see that I make a lot of quite girly stuff – cats feature heavily, along with animated cute stuff. So I thought I’d man up over Christmas when it came to making a gift for the mister and make this.

Amiguruthi Flail / morning star

It’s a flail – or a morning star as he informed me when he opened it. It’s a weapon, that’s all I cared about (last year I gave him throwing stars, and he already owns a couple of swords, a few knives and – until recently – a staff. None of which are crochet. He’s not a violent person, he just did martial arts for years and these thing accumulate! In my own hoard I have a spear. Because when you go to Kenya you can’t not come home with a spear). At least this one I can wield without worrying about lopping off limbs – it doesn’t hurt, as was demonstrated during the post Christmas dinner recovery when he gave into the temptation to whack me with it!

If you’d like to welcome soft toy violence into your life, the free pattern is after the jump.

The Essentials:

Hook: 5mm (handle – chunky yarn) and 3.5mm (chain, ball and spikes – DK yarn)

Wool: Chunky knit wool in brown (pattern alteration also given for DK); DK in grey.

Terms:

Sc: Single Crochet
Dc: Double Crochet
INC: Increase
DEC: Decrease
BLO: Back Loop Only

Crochet in continuous rounds. I’ve finally cracked the magic ring, but you can also start by Ch2 and working into the second chain from the hook.

Because I improvised this very quickly, I haven’t taken my usual in progress photos, but hopefully it’s straight forward enough to work out, and I’ll illustrate where possible from the final piece.

Handle

In chunky brown with the 5mm hook:

Magic ring/ Ch2

Round 1: 6Sc into the magic ring/ 2nd chain from hook. [6]
Round 2:  INC around [12]
Round 3: {1Sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4: Sc around BLO [18] Turns the work at a 90 degree angle
Round 5 – 24: Sc around [18] Return to working under both loops
Round 25: Sc around BLO [18]
Round 26: {1sc, DEC} around [12]

STUFF

Round 27: DEC around [6]

If you’ve not got chunky yarn and want to use DK instead you will need to use a 3.5mm hook, and increase your diameter to 30sc. Work rounds 1 – 3 as above but continue as below:
Round 4: {2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} around [30]
Round 6: Sc around BLO [30] Turns the work at a 90 degree angle
Round 7 – 26: Sc around [30] Return to working under both loops
Round 27: Sc around BLO [30]
Round 28: {3sc, DEC} around [24]
Round 29: {2sc, DEC} around [18]
Round 30: {1sc, DEC} around [12]

STUFF

Round 31: DEC around [6]

That’s the really long, takes forever bit done. I found that doing 20 rows of 18 was easier if I thought of it as doing 360 single crochet stitches instead (or 20 rows of 30 stitches would be 600 single crochet stitches – see why I used the chunky yarn now don’t you?). You can make your handle as long as you like by the way – this is a very scaled down flail, so if you’re going for life like just keep repeating the round until it’s long enough and/or you get bored.

Right, now we need the hurty bit!

Spiked Ball

The ball is made first and the spikes added separately.

Ball

Using the 3.5mm hook and grey yarn:

Magic ring/ Ch2

Round 1: 6Sc into the magic ring/ 2nd chain from hook. [6]
Round 2:  INC around [12]
Round 3: {1Sc, INC} around [18]
Round 4: {2sc, INC} around [24]
Round 5: {3sc, INC} around [30]
Round 6: {4sc, INC} around [36]
Round 7: {5sc, INC} around [42]
Round 8 – 13: Sc around [42]
Round 14: {5sc, DEC} around [36]
Round 15: {4sc, DEC} around [30]
Round 16: {3sc, DEC} around [24]
Round 17: {2sc, DEC} around [18]
Round 18: {1sc, DEC} around [12]

STUFF

Round 19: DEC around [6]

Spikes (x6)

Using the 3.5mm hook and grey yarn:

Magic ring/ Ch2

Round 1: 3Sc into the magic ring/ 2nd chain from hook. [3]
Round 2:  INC around [6]
Round 3: {1sc, INC} around [9]

Finish off  leaving the end open. Stuff very lightly, and sew in place around the ball (I found it easiest to make and place all six before sewing to ensure they were evenly spread).

amiguruthi flail / morning star

Right, now we just need to link them together!

Chain

Half Loop (x2)

Half loops are attached to the end of the handle, and the top of the spiked ball.

See the half loop at either end of the chain?

See the half loop at either end of the chain?

Using the 3.5mm hook and grey yarn:

Ch 12
Row 1: 10Dc.

Finish off and sew in place, like a rainbow shape on one end of the handle and the top of the ball (to use a peaceful simile for a not so peaceful object).

Full Links (x4)

Ch22
Row 1: 20Dc

Finish off and create your chain exactly as you would a paper chain – loop one through the half loop on the handle and sew closed into a ring, then loop the next through the link just created and sew closed, then the third and then the forth, but make sure to ALSO loop the forth through the half ring on the ball before you sew it closed. If you forget, simply make an extra link – you can make the chain as long as you like, four was just the number I arbitrarily chose.

amiguruthi flail / morning star

You can call it finished there, but I decided the handle looked a bit bare so I added a band.

Band

Using the 3.5mm hook and grey yarn:

Ch32
Row 1: 30Dc

Finish off and sew round the handle (adjust as necessary for your own – add in/ take away Dc’s if you need to).

amiguruthi flail / morning star

Your flail is complete!

amiguruthi flail / morning star

Go forth and beat things, manly crocheter. The battle cry is “YARNDANGOOOOO!”

And as the bearer of this gift has pointed out, make two handles and attach them with a chain and you have a whole new weapon – nunchucks!

Linked to Handmade Mondays and Yarndango

As always, if you have a go at making your own weapon – or any of my other patterns – I’d love to see photos. Email me at amiguruthi[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk.

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11 thoughts on “Flail / Morning Star (Free Pattern)

  1. This is fabulous! I know a LOT of people are going to want this! The stuff you have been coming up with blows my mind lately. I’m so happy to see you having fun with crochet, too! Going where nobody’s gone before! LOL!

    • I just idly searched ‘morning star’ and ‘flail’ on Ravelry – there’s a knitted one similar to this (odd minds must think alike lol) but apparently it’s where no crocheter has gone before lol.
      I am loving crochet. I keep saying I’m going to pick up the knitting needles and have a go any day now, and I never do lol.

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    • Ha, I saw someone else using the same layout the other day and had exactly the same reaction! The Lovebirds theme seems quite a well liked one, I just edited it to fit my own personality 😀

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