Brighten your day with Bunting...
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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