Anatomy of the Flag
Vexilogical note: The Maryland flag is the (heraldrically correct) fusion of two English family banners. The banners themselves date to pre-colonial times, and Maryland’s original Governor (George Calvert, 1st Baron of Baltimore) had the rights to use both. The Calvert was used by Maryland since it became a state, and confederate sympathizers adopted the Crossland banner during the civil war.
The current flag, which includes both, was first adopted by Maryland veterans from both side, as a gesture of reconciliation.
Well, I think the charting is done now. As you can see, I ended up going with gray grid lines (because otherwise the black was lost), and both thicker and darker indices every five stitches.
Since the chart is
37 38 stitches across, and the socks are 84 stitches around, there is a border between the front and back repeat of the chart. At first I thought I’d just stripe the two colors, which was way too busy. The next thought was to use just one color for the field. This would be doable for the Calvert, but Crossland would be totally lost. So now I’m going to play with one color, textured background.
Only had to frog back four and a half rounds this time… For those who are keeping count, the frogging part was done with much less sighing and invection than the graphic design part.