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The International Code of Signals became the standard of communication between ships in the mid-19th century, but the flags themselves had already been in use for at least a hundred years previous. The modern flag lexicon includes 26 alphabet flags, pictured here, as well as numerals and contextual pendants that can be combined to produce thousands of detailed messages without ever spelling out a single word.

102 x 94 stitches


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FULL-COLOR PATTERN: Both a black-and-white (pages 3-6) and color (pages 7-10) version are included all in one file. Print whichever pages are best for you!

EASY ON INK: The color pattern is desaturated, saving you precious ink and toner while leaving the color-coded squares easily distinguishable.

FRAME-READY: On 14-count aida, this design will fit into a 8" x 10" frame.

MULTI-COUNT SIZING CHART: If you want to try it on a different count, the calculations are done for you! Canvas size, design size, and frame size for 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22 count aida are all included.

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FIRST-TIME STITCHERS: This pattern is *only* a pattern and does not include instructions on how to stitch. Ask a friend or relative, check out your local library, or try this video:


(I'm not affiliated with the video, but it's from expertvillage, so it's pretty good, and there's a whole series on different stitches, so check 'em all out.)

Cross Stitch Pattern: Nautical Flags Alphabet



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  • Craft type: Cross stitch, Embroidery, Needlepoint
  • Occasion: Housewarming
  • Holiday: Father's Day
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