M is for Maryland Flag Socks
The flag of Maryland is the only state flag to be based on English heraldry. It is a combination of the coats of arms of the Calvert and Crossland families (Cecil Calvert, the founder of the colony, had the right to use his mother’s Crossland arms as well as his own).
During the civil war the Union recognized the black and gold Calvert banner, but the Confederate sympathizers in the state used the red and white Crossland banner. After the war, Maryland veterans from both armies adopted the quartered flag to represent a reunified state, and nation.
Maryland officially adopted the flag in 1904.
I finished the Maryland State Flag socks, and am running a test knit for it on the Free Pattern Testers group in Ravelry. If you’d like to knit the socks from the raw pattern, and get a copy of the pattern once it’s finalized, that’s the place to go. (post updated to add the link)
I’m a bit nervous. This is the first pattern I’m actually planning to charge money for once it’s all good to go. I’ll be selling it on Ravelry, but it’ll either be free initially or I’ll put a coupon code up on this blog for the first little while. Watch this space.
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I didn’t win the Grand View Farm giveaway. I entered a drawing at Trion Designs for a copy of Knitpicks Golden Morning pattern collection (17 April).