Today’s the day you can cast on for your Canadian flag. During our first week of having fun with flags, we traced out a maple leaf from a computer image of the flag, and yesterday, we did a sample knit of the chart.
From it, we made discoveries about how a chart made using pre-printed knitter’s graph sometimes requires adjustment when it is translated into knitting that has a different gauge.
Today, I present the final chart, and some rudimentary instructions so you can make your own symbol of your patriotism, and your craft!
Before I do, though, I want to make a couple of notes about the border: I chose moss stitch because I found in my last series of posts that moss stitch pulls in less than seed stitch and it complements stocking stitch well. I chose gold, because, when a Canadian flag is fringed, the fringe is usually gold in color.
Finally, for the keen observers, the first border row across the top of the flag is worked in gold, without the knits and purls over the red and white stitches. Why? Because it will make a smooth transition between the flag and the border. If I hadn’t planned for this, the first row of moss stitch would have gold stitches with red and white bumps showing on the front of the flag.
Have a happy Canada Day!
Tomorrow’s post is going to examine weaving in all those ends that will be created from making this pattern.