Okay i have almost finished my first incarnation of this pattern and i don't like a few things about it. as it is, it doesn't need to be perfect because of how i am using it but i would still like it to look more "finished." I have a feeling the only real way to get what i want done is probably to do it as a garter stitch throughout. the corners curl too much with no border and i think it seems that the bottom doesn't have enough border to keep it from curling.
here are the problems i am having though. First of all this is the first time i have had to carry yarn up the side. It is fine but what do you do with those pieces that are there? do you leave it? I feel like i have seen people say to weave them in but i dont understand how you would do that.
The other question is how do i get the blue to attach to the stripes next to them? I have tried attaching by sort of knitting them together in a way but of course that makes the connection look muddy. I would think stitching together at the end would make the seam pucker so i am sort of at a loss.
So anyway...after that very verbose description of my issue, here is the picture and pattern of what i am working on. Thanks!!
Worsted weight yarn, 2 ounces each of red, white and navy blue
Knitting needles size 7 US
4.5 stitches per inch
9" X 7"
With red, cast on 40 stitches.
In garter stitch (knit every row), knit 4 rows in red.
Attach white (do not cut red, simply drop color at end each color change and bring up next time it is used.).
In stockinete stitch (knit one row, purl the next), knit 4 rows white, 4 rows red, 4 rows white, 4 rows red, 4 rows white.
Next, knit 24 stitches in red, attach blue, knit to end.
Continuing in red and white sequence, knit navy in last 16 of each row.
Before starting the last band of red, you will have 6 red and 6 white bands.
For the last band, which will be red, do all 4 rows in garter stitch.
You will have 7 bands red and 6 bands white.
Using duplicate stitch for stars, evenly space rows of 6 stars then 5 stars for 9 rows. The last row will be 6 stars. Work 50 stars total.