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Tropical Storm Warning Flag Knitting Pattern

Knitted Red and Black Tropical Storm Warning FlagThis red and black flag signifies a storm warning. One flag means Tropical Storm Warning, and two flags together mean Hurricane Warning. (The signals for Gale Warning and Small Craft Advisory are two red pennant (triangle) flags and one red pennant flag, respectively.)

I thought these marine weather flags would make kind of cool throw pillows, so I’m knitting up a couple of envelope-style pillow covers. I’m just making it up as I go along, but I know that if I don’t write it down I’ll forget how I did it.

What this means:

I just finished writing out my first ever knitting pattern. It is very simple– just a black square inside a red square, using very basic stitches (it’s only the front flag part, not the entire pillow cover), but it was HARD to write the pattern, and I’m still not sure it’s accurate and user-friendly. So, if you use the pattern, please help me out by leaving a comment about how easy or difficult it was to follow, and what I should do to make it better.

The way it’s written assumes you know how to make basic knit and purl stitches, as well as how to join a new color in an intarsia style. (It’s not as hard as it sounds! I learned it pretty quickly from YouTube– check out these videos for instructions: Intarsia Knitting Basics and Intro to Intarsia. The second video is by KnitPicks, and it features nautical flags, so yay! Perfect.

Click here to download the PDF pattern.


Sarita Li

You Deserve to Learn How to Say “I Am Trying to Communicate With You” in 9 Languages!

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So I decided to try the iPhone app iHeadlines, and it’s pretty good! But a lot of the headlines it generated were also very funny. (Like the one I used to name this post.) My other favorite was: “Thousands Now Knit Nautical Flags Who Never Thought They Could …With These 26 Letters”

But anyway, moving on.

You’ve probably noticed that I recently posted a couple of free (and low quality) knitting patterns. They are the first 2 letters (Alpha and Bravo) of the International Code of Signals, aka Nautical Flags. And if you’re wondering how to say “I am trying to communicate with you” in 9 languages, you just hoist up the Kilo (letter K) flag. You know, it’s the one that’s yellow on the left and blue on the right.

The problem is that I am (STILL!) in the process of moving across the country, and since I am doing the driving I am not able to knit. So you’re left with untested patterns and poor graphics. But, I thought I’d let you know that I’m working on a comprehensive collection of Nautical Flag knitting patterns. And eventually they will all be worked up and written out nicely… oh, and charted. Yay!

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Nautical Flag Knitting Pattern: B is for Bravo (and Dangerous Cargo)

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The Bravo, or letter B flag, when hoisted on its own means “I am taking in, discharging, or carrying dangerous cargo.”

It’s another swallowtail, just like the Alpha flag, so it’s a little tricky to knit, but not too bad. It’s also one of only two solid colored letter flags. (The other one is Quebec, or letter Q.)

There are two basic ways to knit the Bravo flag:

In two pieces:

1. With red, cast on an even number of stitches to equal the desired width of the flag. (For an 8″ x 12″ flag, cast on 12″)

2. Work in garter stitch, decreasing by 1 stitch at the end of every right side row until piece measures 12″ by 4″. Bind off.

You should have something like this:

3. Repeat step 2, then stitch the two pieces together to form the complete Bravo flag.

Intarsia Style:

Start with the short end (the end that would be attached to a flagpole)

1. With red, cast on an even number of stitches (for an 8″ x 12″ flag, cast on 8″)

2. Continue in garter stitch for 8″

3. On the next right side row, knit across only 4″ (half of the row), and put your remaining stitches (the other half of the row) on a stitch holder.

4. Continue in garter stitch, decreasing by 1 stitch at the beginning of every right side row, until you have only 2 stitches remaining on the needle.

5. Bind off.

6. Pick up the stitches from the stitch holder.

7. Add new red yarn, and continue in garter stitch, decreasing by 1 stitch at the end of every right-side row, until you have only 2 stitches remaining on the needle.

8. Bind off.

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