I crocheted this flag because I wanted to show my respect and support for our police officers. When completed, I sent it to my local police station. I call this flag a “Mourning Flag” because if you take a look at the 2nd photo you will see that one red stripe has been replaced by an unusual stripe - a black one bordered by a thinner blue one above and below it. That “thin blue line” is symbolic of fellow officers standing reverently beside the brother and sister officers that they lost in the line of duty, and so “mourning.”
This picture shows the “first” batch of stars I did (but didn’t use - too big). The crocheted stars are in the plastic bag, that’s what they look like right after being crocheted…all curled up! To make sure the stars were shaped better, I drew, then cut out 50 stars using my good card stock. The idea was to hot glue each card stock star to the backs of my crocheted stars. Just a mere dot of glue at the 5 points to hold their shapes, later to be sewed on. Of course, I had to crochet another 50 stars and cut out another batch out of card stock. That’s 100 stars I had to make. Worth it, tho! The flag took 9 days to make!!
There are various versions of this flag on the web, but all show a single blue stripe, which is fine, but I just thought my way to be…well, my way! You know me, by now… I gotta touch things! And as far as I know this flag has no name. Again, I chose to just call it “The Mourning Flag” because it sounds
appropriate. Just my take and hope it doesn’t offend.
Just to add:
Below is the first flag I made about 15 years ago. My sister took it before my hook could cool!
I thought to add the pattern in case anyone else might like to make one. Just be warned…your family will want one!! It truly does work up fast!