I am having a LOT of fun with bunting right now! I made this set for my middle sister’s birthday in September and as I made it, I was planning in my head, the many other sets I want to make!
I started with a granny triangle, then made it longer and pointier with a lacy mini shell stitch…
And I am so pleased with the result! In fact, I nearly kept this set! I’m loving lying here looking at it hanging on the wall so happily… I’m definitely going to need to make myself one.
I’m going to put the pattern in here today, I tried dictating the pattern to the ever-patient KB to see if it is better than my previous pattern writing! (Once again, please let me know if it needs modification!)
So here we go!!!
Using a 4mm hook, and 8ply wool:
Round 1: Make a magic ring (see grandala swuare pattern in the sidebar for a phototutorial on how to do this!)
Round 2: Ch 3, (counts as 1dc) 2dc into the ring, ch4, 3dc into the ring, ch4, 2dc into the ring, ch4 and join with a slst to 3rd ch of original 3ch.
Rounds 3: Change colour and join with a slst between the dc stitches from round 2. Ch 3 (counts as 1dc) and into the same space between the dc’s, 2 dc, ch 4, 3 dc to create a corner space. Ch 1, skip 3 dc stitches and between the stitches, make 3dc, ch 4, 3 dc to form another corner space. Repeat one more time to create a triangle. Fasten off.
Round 4: Attach the new colour with a slst into a side 1 chain space. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc into the 1 chain space, ch 1, into the corner space, 3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc. Ch 1, into the side 1 chain space, 3 dc, ch 1, into the corner space, 3 dc, ch 4, 3 dc. Continue around, at the end of the round, ch 1 and join to the 3rd chain of original 3 ch. Fasten off.
Rounds 5 & 6: Repeat round 4, increasing each round along the sides of the triangle.
And now for the PRETTY part!!! I was playing around with another mandala the other day, which I will show you when I’ve given it’s new home a lick of paint(!) and had a go at a little shell stitch, because this mandala is smaller. It turned out lovely, so I used it on the bunting too. First though, choose which side of the triangle you are going to make the top, and join the same colour wool as you made the last round into the 3ch corner space with a slst. Ch 1. Single crochet along the edge of the bunt making sure you don’t miss any stitches… you want to make a sc into 3 dc stitches and 1 space… so on and so on. When you reach the bottom corner space, crochet into this space 1 sc, 1 hdc, ch 1, 1 hdc, 1sc, then continue with the sc up the other side of the triangle. When you reach the corner space, slst into the space, ch 1 and turn.
Now you’re going to make the frilly goodness. sc into the first stitch, into the next stitch make *sc, hdc, sc, slst into the next 2 stitches.* Repeat ** along the side of the bunt, until you reach the bottom corner space, into this space, stitch 1 sc, 1hdc, picot (4ch, slst into 4th ch from hook), 1 hdc, 1 sc, slst into next sc stitch then repeat ** until you reach the corner.
NOW BLOCK THE BUNTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope that made sense! As you can see, it’s a bit crumpled and does not look fantastic! This bunting requires serious blocking! I stretch mine out a lot in this process because I like the look of the long sharp triangle, so give them a good stretch to make them the shape you want.
But before that, you need to make the “ing!” When you have finished your 5 bunts (or however many you’ve made!), you need to “ing” them altogether. I’m going a bit traditional and making my ing stone coloured wool…
To make the ing: Ch 10, join with a slst to form a ring. Ch 10, then sc along the first bunt. Ch 6, sc along the second bunt, ch 6… so on and so on. That will make it a wee bit bigger than a door size.
So I’m off to finish putting together the set that I did my tutorial on! They’re sitting in front of me on the floor waiting to be blocked! I’ll post some shots tomorrow of the completion!
I have to say, it’s good to be getting back in my groove again, it has been a big week of celebrations, too much delicious food, too many coffees, so much well-wishing, a trip away… and still one more party tonight for my extended family! I’m going to need a holiday to rest up!!!
I’m off now, out to my parents to get cooking….
Lots of love to all of you, and thank you for your lovely comments and loyalty! You’re the best! From Alice and Raymond XX