I really like that and would LOVE to make it for my dad! I just don't get how she knit it into strips. Did she go up and down and just switch colors? I guess they're all close enough in size that you just add or subtract a few rows here and there. It would really be nice to have a better explanation on how to do it! I like the idea of doing the states in order of their joining the union.
I'm not sure if people are understanding the concern I'm having with this project. If you notice, each of the squares (states) have various number of cast-ons and various number of rows. I'm aware that it's only like one extra stitch normally, but I'm sure that will make a difference.
What can I do? I already emailed the creator, and she doesn't seem like she's going to reply back.
You could knit one color across as one strip in which case, cast on 37 + 38 + whatever, and knit top down, 1 color stripe. Or for each stripe, put all the states that cast on 37 in one red/white up/down strip and change colors. (and then all the ones that cast on 38 in another strip)
Or add one stockinette stitch to all the 37-across instructions, either just after the first K3 or just before the last K3 and modify the patterns (or delete one stitch in all the 38 across ones...)
I think those suggestions would work - anyone else?
If you are industrious, you could knit them in the order of statehood! It's a great project.