I mentioned this in the last podcast episode and explained that the title comes from the Pledge of Allegiance. As many of you know, I'm a teacher, and teachers recite this with their students 180 days a year.
In my school, our principal recites the pledge over the PA most days. He also happened to mention how much he'd like one of my knitted hats earlier this year. (I made one for a teacher I was mentoring who wears it every day; I think my principal was slightly jealous since I've known him much longer than the new teacher!) When I asked about colors, he said he'd really (really) like a red, white, and blue one.
I already had this yarn (it's the same yarn in different colors that I used for "that hat"). Two summers ago, I learned the fair isle technique and thought this was a good way to test my expertise. With good old graph paper at hand, I came up with my star pattern... and wouldn't you know, the number of stitches I decided to cast on was divisible by 13! Perfect since the colors I used reminded me of older flags I've seen in museums and in documentaries.
Since the United States is known as the Land of the Free, I'm offering this pattern for free. All I ask is that you fill out the form below, and the pattern will be sent automatically. I'd like your email address because I plan to start sending a monthly newsletter to blog readers and podcast listeners in the near future. The newsletter will contain blog and podcast updates as well as giveaways, calls for test knitters, and future pattern publications.
The pattern is also on Ravelry where you can find more detail about yarn, supplies, etc. I look forward to seeing many versions of the pattern in the months to come!