The one thing that everyone comments on when they come into the shop is the pretty bunting we have hanging up. It was actually made by a lovely customer for our yarn bombing when we first opened the shop, but it was just too pretty to hang outside, so it went up in the shop instead. I have been making some bunting myself to add to this, as I don't think you can ever have too much bunting!
I have been making granny style bunting, but there are loads of patterns out there for different types, both knitted and crocheted. I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to yarny bunting...
Click here to see my Pinterest Bunting Board :)
Bunting, whether knitted or crocheted, is a great way to use up your scraps of yarn you might have lying around (although obviously I am not going to discourage you from coming for a visit and buying some new yarn…) as you only need small amounts for each bunting flag. Try mixing colours – experiment with colourways to really brighten up the place. Then either crochet a chain to hang them on, or attach them to some pretty twine – or some rustic string if that takes your fancy!
A really simple pattern is to use the granny square method – it is really effective, and if you can make a granny square, you can make this!
Here is the basic pattern for you to have a go:
UK Terms. Using DK and a 4mm hook (although you could use whichever weight you have and substitute the correct hook size – why not mix and match your scraps?)
I have used Rico Design Essentials Cotton DK, in Aquamarine (31) and Candy Pink (12).
To start: Chain 4, slip stitch to close.
Round 1: Chain 3, 2 trebles in to ring. Chain 2, three trebles into ring, Chain 2, three trebles into ring, Chain 2.
Slip stitch to top of first Chain 3 to close.
Turn your work.
Round 2: Chain 3, 2 trebles into space, chain 2, 3 trebles into same space. *Chain 1, 3 trebles into next space, chain 2, 3 trebles into same space. Repeat from * and then chain 1 and slip stitch to top of first Chain 3 to close.
Turn your work.
I added a new colour here. You can either tie off and slip stitch to add the new colour on (as I have here) or use a no-knot method, it is up to you!
Round 3: Chain 3, 2 trebles into space. *Chain 1, 3 trebles into next space, Chain 2, 3 trebles into same space. Repeat from * 2 times. Chain 1 and slip stitch to top of first Chain 3 to close.
Repeat using the method of Round 3, adding in extra treble clusters on each round, until triangle is the desired size.
You can change colour on each round, or use 1 colour per triangle – it is up to you!
If you block your bunting, it will give them amazing definition. You can either steam block (for acrylic) or wet block and pin if using a different fibre. I've stretched mine out so you can see the difference it makes:
Don’t forget, if you need any help with your bunting, you can come in and visit us and we can sort out any problems you might have :)
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