En Garde! This crochet sword and shield makes a great toy for little kids. They are soft and quick to work up. Add the sword and shield to a Halloween costume or keep reading to see how it fends off bad dreams in my home.
Below you will find the complete pattern and instructional photos for this crochet sword and shield pattern. You will also find all the materials, stitches, gauge, and sizing information. If you would like all of this in a nicely formatted printable format, you can purchase the Ad-Free Large Print PDF Pattern.
Crochet Sword and Shield to Fight Bad Dreams
It is no secret that my kids often inspire my patterns. This pattern is no different.
For several nights my 6 year old son has been crawling into my bed saying, “I am scared. I had a bad dream.” Now I love snuggling with my kids, but I am a very light sleeper. So a night with him means no sleep for me.
In the morning I asked him, “What do you need to feel safe in your room?”
“A sword and shield to fight off the dragons and dinosaurs.” He answered. Well, that was that. I needed to design a crochet sword and shield pattern to keep my son safe from his dreams.
A Pattern of Simple Repeats
Lately, I have been in love with simple patterns. This pattern is as simple as I could make it. You will be working a series of repeated rows to create your sword and shield. You just need to know how to single crochet, chain and increase with single crochet.
The most challenging part will be crocheting through two layers while crocheting around your work and the surface slip stitches.
Customize your Sword and Shield
This is a chance to get creative. The entire project uses less than one skein of Red Heart Super Saver, but take advantage of this chance to use up scraps of yarn and add lots of details to your shield with surface slip stitches.
Working a surface slip stitch is pretty easy, but choosing the right place to insert your hook for the next stitch can be tricky. I recommend keeping your designs simple and colorful. You can also cut out a design with felt and sew it onto the front of the shield.
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5.5 oz or 286 yds of Red Heart Super Saver, Dusty Grey
1 oz o 52 yds of Red Heart Super Saver in Sword Hilt Color
Size H 5mm Crochet Hook
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Stitches and Abbreviations
CH – Chain
SC – Single Crochet
ST(s) – Stitch(es)
SLST – Slip Stitch
Gauge and Size
Gauge: 8 SC X 9 Rows = 2 inches (Exact gauge is not needed for the pattern.)
Shield Size: 13 inches by 9.5 inches
Sword Size: 15 inches by 5 inches
Crochet Sword and Shield Video Tutorial
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Crochet Sword and Shield Pattern
-Written in US terms.
Crochet Sword (Make 2)
CH 2 (With Grey)
Row 1: Work 2 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. (2)
Row 2: CH1, turn, Work 2 SC in first ST. SC in next ST. (3)
Row 3-9: CH1, turn, Work 2 SC in first ST. SC in each ST across. (ST count increases by 1 every row.)
At the end of Row 9 you will have a total of 10 stitches.
Row 10-41: CH1, turn, SC in next 10 STs. (10)
At the end of row 41, fasten off and weave in your end.
Start a new chain with your hilt color (I used blue and pink)
Row 42: CH 5, SC into each ST of row 41, CH6.
Row 43: Turn, SC in the 2nd CH from the hook, SC in next 4 CH, SC in next 10 STs, SC in last 5 CH. (20)
Row 44-49: CH1, turn, SC in next 20 STs.
Row 50: CH1, SLST to first 6 STs, CH1, SC in next 8 STs. Leave last 6 STs unworked. (8)
Row 51-59: CH1, turn, SC in next 8 STs.
Fasten off at the end of row 59. Make a second sword piece and weave in your ends. Now, I would make your two shield pieces and we will assemble the sword and shield all at once.
Crochet Shield (Make 2)
-Written in US terms.
CH 3 with Grey
Row 1: Work 2 SC into the 2nd CH from the hook, Work 2 SC into next CH. (4)
Row 2: (Repeat Row 1) CH1, turn, Work 2 SC in first ST. SC in each ST across.
Row 3: (Repeat Row 2) CH1, turn, Work 2 SC in first ST. SC in each ST across.
Row 4: (Repeat Row 3) CH1, turn, Work 2 SC in first ST. SC in each ST across until you reach the last ST. Work 2 SC in last ST.
Continue repeating rows 2-4 until you have a total of 25 rows. Row 25 should have 36 stitches. I used a stitch marker to mark the last Row 3 repeat. This helped me keep track of which repeat row I was on.
Row 26-61: CH1, turn, SC in next 36 STs.
After row 61, fasten off and weave in your ends. Make a second shield piece.
Decorating your Crochet Sword and Shield
So here is the fun part. Let’s add a cute design to our shield. For my daughter, I added a heart. My son wanted a Captain America Star.
If you are new to surface slip stitching I recommend you check out the video tutorial for this pattern. It is basically a slip stitch in the very center of a crocheted piece. You will continue to slip stitch to create a design. I recommend doing an outlining row around the edge to practice.
To surface slip stitch:
1. Insert your hook into your crochet project.
2. Yarn over on the backside of your work and pull a loop through your project. (You will need to pull the loop through making it big enough to reach the next stitch you will be working in.)
3. Insert your hook into another stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.
4. Pull the first loop on your hook through the second loop on your hook.
One surface slip stitch is done. Continue making surface slip stitches to create your design.
To make the design easier to trace. I printed out a template (located in the materials list) and first used long stitches to embroider the design onto my shield.
Then I followed that line and let it help me decide which holes to insert my hook into. You do not have to work a stitch into every row. I preferred inserting my hook into every other row.
I also added a row of surface slip stitches down the center of each sword piece.
Be patient with this process and remember, it is handmade. it does not need to be perfect.
CH 9 With Grey (Leave a long starting tail for sewing)
Row 1: SC into second CH from the hook. SC in next 7 CH. (8)
Row 2-28: CH1, turn, SC into next 8 STs. (8)
Fasten off after the last row and leave a long yarn end for sewing. Place the strap in the center of one shield piece and sew it in place with the yarn ends. When it is sewn in place, weave in your ends.
Assembling your Crochet Sword and Shield
If you are new to assembling crochet pieces by single crocheting around the edge, then I recommend that you start with the shield. Make a slip knot on your hook and pick a corner of the shield.
You will hold the two shield pieces together with the decorative side and the side with the strap sewn to it facing outward.
Working through both pieces of your shield, single crochet into the corner. Continue to single crochet into either the side of your rows or the top of your rows depending on where you are at on the shield.
When you reach a 90 degree angle, single crochet into the corner, chain one, and then single crochet into the side of the same row. This will give you a defined corner. The two 90 degree corners are the only corners that I made the chain in. The very bottom point, you will work into the opposite side of the starting chain. This will help create your point.
When you make it all the way around, just single crochet into your starting corner, chain one then slip stitch to the first single crochet.
Don’t forget to stuff your shield once you are 75% of the way around.
Assembling the Crochet Sword
You will assemble the crochet sword in the exact same way as the shield. For the sword I started where the hilt meets the blade. I worked one color all the way around the hilt and then changed to the blade color when I reached the blade again.
I did not do anything special on the inner 90-degree corners. You will just continue working a stitch into either the side, top, or bottom of the row. One the outer 90-degree angles and the sword tip I work the chain one to get around the corner.
With the sword you will want to stuff the piece as you join it together.
Once your pieces are joined and all your ends are woven in, your crochet sword and shield is ready for pretend play, Halloween, or bedtime protection.
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