Crochet an Olympic Medal Pouch Inspired by Tom Daley

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Posted on August 2, 2021 by Kate Wilson
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If you’ve read the news or been on social media lately, chances are that you’ve seen a lot of posts about the Olympics. Postponed initially due to COVID, the Olympics are taking place in Tokyo, Japan, and have provided endless entertainment this year, with jaw-dropping moments and stunning victories. Whether you’re watching for the sports, to keep up with the news, or for your favorite Olympian, you’ve got to admit: Olympians are seriously talented in their chosen sports.

The Talented Tom Daley

Some Olympians are talented in other areas as well, as we found out with Olympic diver Tom Daley from Great Britain. Tom has recently started sharing his knitted creations on Instagram. He says that fellow Olympian Maddi Keeney from the Australian diving team taught him how to knit in 2019 during preparation for a competition. Once COVID hit and lockdowns began, Tom started knitting and crocheting almost daily. Tom’s Instagram has showcased his wide array of knitted and crocheted accomplishments, including sweaters, a stuffed unicorn, and even adorable baby booties he made for a new family member.

But Tom has recently gone viral for a special creation he made for his gold medal he won with partner Matty Lee: a knitted pouch with the Japanese flag on one side and Union Jack, the flag for the United Kingdom, on the other side. His video showcasing the pouch has amassed more than a million views at the time of this article being published, with more views to follow. That’s not counting the views it’s received being shared elsewhere, either: major news networks like CBS & NBC have aired the video on their evening news & on their websites.

Knitting has been a stress relief

Knitting is getting some major exposure, thanks to Tom! He says that knitting and crochet have helped him immensely since COVID hit, even going as far as crediting it with helping him stay sane during all the stress. I imagine we can all sympathize with that: the number of people crafting grew exponentially during 2020 and so far into 2021. Many people have taken up new crafts to help them through the pandemic or returned to crafts they hadn’t had time for before. Personally, I’ve picked up new crafting mediums like embroidery during the past year and a half due to being home more often.

Make your own medal pouch

You may not ever win an Olympic medal like Tom, but you can make a medal pouch inspired by his creation, with a blank side so you can add your own country’s flag. This is a great idea to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics!

Crochet Olympic Medal Pouch Pattern

by Kate Wilson for Creative Fabrica
Download free PDF pattern.

Hook size: 4.5mm
Yarn weight: 4 (worsted)

Abbreviations

  • ch: chain
  • sc: single crochet
  • hdc: half double crochet
  • sl st: slip stitch

Materials needed

  • 4.5 mm hook
  • White yarn
  • Red yarn
  • Large needle for weaving in ends
  • Scissors

Pouch

Ch 21 with white yarn.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from the hook and each ch across (20 sc). Ch 1 and turn.

Row 2-38: Sc in each stitch across. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Take sc crochet rectangle and fold it in half, inside out. Using a large needle and white yarn, whip stitch sides together to make a pouch. Start at the bottom of the pouch, whip stitch up the side, and back down to where you started. Tie ends together and weave in. Do this to both sides, then turn the pouch right-side out.

Red circle for Japanese flag

Ch 3 with red yarn

Row 1: 10 hdc in the third ch from the hook. Sl st into 1st hdc, making a circle. (10 hdc)

Row 2: ch 2. 2 hdc in each hdc around (20 hdc). Ch 1

Row 3: 2 sc in first hdc stitch, 1 sc in next hdc. Repeat until you reach the end of the circle. Sl st into the first sc. (30 sc) Weave in ends

Assembly

Using a large needle and red yarn, sew the red circle to the middle of the front of the pouch, weaving in ends when finished. (I did a basic running stitch around the outside of the circle.) Crochet the flag of your own country or country of choice and attach it to the other side of the pouch.

The finished pouch measures about 4 and ½ inches by 4 inches.

Additional Flags

Some countries’ flags are easier than others to replicate. For instance, France’s flag is vertical stripes consisting of blue, white, and red. For this flag, you could use single crochet to create a rectangle with even amounts of blue, white, and red yarn, and attach it to the pouch with the stripes running vertically. The flag of Italy would be similar, except in green, white, and red stripes. Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands flags would be similar, with horizontal stripes in their nations’ colors. Some countries like Denmark and Sweden feature flags with crosses on them, which could be accomplished with a single crochet rectangle of the background color, and a single crochet cross added on top.

Some countries’ flags are a little more difficult but definitely doable.

For the USA, scroll to the bottom of this pattern for the free American flag “fridgie” (a small fridge magnet-sized flag).

For the UK, you could modify this pattern to make a small Union Jack flag to attach to your pouch.

For countries that have a detailed or intricate flag, I would suggest purchasing sew-on patches or embroidered patches of the flags you want and attaching those to the pouch. This would be wise for countries such as Canada, Ethiopia, and Brazil, whose colorful flags would be hard to replicate correctly using crochet, especially in an item this small & with this particular weight of yarn.

Instead of adding a second crocheted flag, you could also use the blank side of the pouch to personalize your project, adding a name or the year. While you may not have a gold medal to store in this pouch, it’s a great idea for storing small items in your purse or items that you don’t want to risk getting scratched.

Which country’s flag will you add to your medal pouch? Have you been watching the Olympics? Let me know in the comments!


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