“And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave…”

We all know the song –

“Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”

The Star Spangled Banner, by Francis Scott Key, 1814.

Lyrics source:  USA Flag Site


But! Do we know the ENTIRE poem? I know I sure don’t. In fact, I just now read the whole poem and found it very vivid and full of emotion (as it should be!). Stop by the USA Flag Site to read The Star Spangled Banner for yourself. It just may enlighten you. 😉


You’re probably wondering what the heck all this has to do with crocheting, and I don’t blame you because I’d be thinking the same thing, too. So, here’s the 360° (I warn you, it doesn’t make much sense):  I was sitting down crocheting in my favorite recliner earlier this afternoon, the storm had come and gone. Redheart.com had inspired me about a month ago to create a Patriotic table runner (click on the link here for the pattern), and that was exactly what I was working on until it hit me, “Isn’t The Star Spangled Banner a poem?” I thought to myself. And so, the star (yup, just ONE star – not the entire table runner) got completed and my search began for The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key. Indeed this is something we are taught in school, but I had to get my facts straight. Needless to say, crocheting a Patriotic Star got my crazy mind racing, and I ended up typing this blog about The Star Spangled Banner. The end.


Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Before I continue to digress and forget, here is the Patriotic Star I completed. I used medium-worsted yarn throughout. Might I add that it was incredibly easy, and should I have pursued the table runner I was originally supposed to complete, it wouldn’t have taken very long at all. The Patriotic Star makes a beautiful ‘doily’ for my candle. Definitely adds a nice touch and pop of color to any tablescape. 🙂


Have a Happy 4th July, ya’ll!


Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

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