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American Flag Placemat.

American Flag Placemat.

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Old Glory for Your Table:

Summertime is full of patriotic holidays, and decorating with red, white and blue is always appropriate (in America, anyway).

This easy knit American flag placemat would be perfect not only for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, but for any summer barbecue or other festive event.

It's knit without stars to make it a pretty fast and easy project, but you could easily add 50 stars (or make each placemat at your table show a different period in the evolution of the American flag.

Materials:

  • 200 yards total of red, white and blue medium-weight acrylic or cotton yarn, per placemat
  • one pair size 7 US needles
  • scissors
  • yarn needle

Gauge:

18 stitches and 32 rows per 4 inches in Garter Stitch (4.5 stitches and 8 rows per inch). Gauge is not critical.

Size:

Finished size is 18 inches wide and 11.25 inches tall.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 82 stitches in red.
  2. Knit 1 inch in red, ending with a wrong-side row. This should be about 8 rows.
  3. Change to white and knit another inch.
  4. Change to red and continue knitting 1-inch stripes until you have 6 stripes, ending with a white stripe.
  5. On the next row, knit the first 52 stitches in red and the last 30 stitches in blue. Continue the stripe pattern as established, knitting the blue block on those 30 stitches for the remainder of the piece.
  6. When you have knit 13 stripes total (7 short stripes, ending with a red stripe) bind off on the last wrong side row.
  7. Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Working Color Blocks:

Remember when you knit this project that the blue piece won't be attached to the striped piece unless you twist the yarns each row as you change colors. This locks the yarns together and holds the blue panel to the rest of the work.

These twists will be somewhat visible, but they're less obvious after blocking or even just after washing the project.

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