Are you doing anything for Fourth of July? Did you crochet anything? I didn’t crochet anything specific to the holiday but I thought I’d round up some of my favorites American Flag crochet stories to celebrate:
Mary Dippolito: Crocheting Flags All Day. Back in 2011 I wrote about this then-72-year-old woman who was crocheting flags up to 18 hours a day to help support herself as she tried to live on social security but more important to help calm her mind as she dealt with the reality of her daughter dying of AIDS.
This year, I just saw an article that begins: “On June 19, The Plainville Senior Center’s Knit and Crochet class, led by Evelyn Morin, made and donated lap blankets and afghans, created to look like the American flag, to the Veteran’s Hospital in Newington. The volunteers in charge of welcoming new residents were thrilled to receive these beautiful handmade afghans, and they will be part of the welcome baskets handed out when a Veteran moves in. These gifts are given to make the residents feel comfortable and safe in their new homes.” Read More.
I adored the sweet 2007 forum post that reads, in part, “My wife Linda is very talented at crochet work. Last year she won 29 1st out of 30 entry’s in two county fairs. This year she is going for “Best of Show” in the Oregon State Fair. She has been crocheting this American Flag for over a year now with the goal of taking Best in Show at the state fair. It is the size of a queen size bed.”
Perhaps the world’s largest crochet American flag is the 16′-tall 50-pound flag by Nancy Hilton who created it in 2007 and is now displaying it in the hopes of getting donations for the Wounded Warriors Fund.
Marlene Graham: Crochet Flag For FireFighters. In 2010 this crocheter made an American flag that she donated to local firefighters. She is an active charity crocheter who donates to a wide variety of different causes including one time when she crocheted over 100 lap blankets for a senior center.
The Real Men Crochet prison program in Ohio donated a set of American flag crochet blankets to donated to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Dayton.
That was in 2008
Jerry Bleem is an artist who loves to explore controversial topics like politics and religion in his art. How interesting that he uses the soft art of crochet to make many of those statements! The flag above is part of his Nationalism series.
A Huffington Post commenter who crochets American flags for veterans says, “Everybody should do what we can within our means for those in need.” This American flag crochet shawl is a free Lion Brand pattern.