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Friendstival Bunting

August 22, 2015 No Comments by Heidi

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I’m super excited because we’re going camping for the first time as a couple and a wee family. The lovely manager from Sprog’s creche and her husband put together a fantastic family friendly camping festival with attendees sharing their skills. Friendstival!

There will be fire making, wild foraging, basket making and a bunch of other cool stuff. And yes, I’m sharing my crochet skills along with a my newish knitting skills. I’m a bit nervous about the knitting but so excited to be sharing my  skills that it cancels out the nervous. There’s even some extra excitement left over. Toasted Marshmallows!

In the workshop we’ll make bunting made up of granny triangles and knit triangles linked together by a crochet chains and single crochet border along the top of the triangles (double crochet for UK folk). When finished, the triangles should measure 10cm(4in) on each side. Easy for beginner crocheters and knitters alike and perfect for a first shaping projected.

For the knitting, you’ll need to know how to make a knit stitch and a slip stitch. For the crocheting, you’ll need to know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet(dc) and double crochet(treble for UK folk).

I’ve popped on little bells that I had lying about at the bottom of some using the long end left after fastening off.
You will need:

  • 4mm crochet hook
  • 4mm knitting needles
  • DK(double knitting) yarn: I’ve used Stylecraft here in Lipstick, Shrimp, Aspen, Aster, Saffron, and Turquoise but you can use any DK you have lying about. 10g of DK will yield approx 2 knit triangles or 2 crochet triangles with a bit left over.
  • Yarn needle (optional)
  • small bells (optional)

Solid Knit Bunting

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Knit Abbreviations:

CO cast on
sts stitches
K knit
SSK slip slip knit
K2TOG knit 2 together
Sl slip

Pattern:

CO 24sts using preferred method
Row 1 -3: Knit (24sts)
Row 4: Sl 1, SSK, K to end (23sts)
Row 5: Sl 1, SSK, Knit to end (22sts)
Row 6: Sl 1, K to end (22sts)

Repeat rows 4-6 until you have 3sts on your needles (about 38rows).

Finishing:
Sl 1, K2tog (2sts)
Cast off by pulling the last stitch made through the other stitch on needle.
Leave a 4cm Don’t weave in ends just yet.

IMG_0449 I find that I lose my place quite often when knitting and stitch counters just don’t cut it for me. Instead I use a little table like the one below so even if I get super distracted by a movie/series, I
always know where I am.

ROW

4-6

7-9

10-12

13-15

16-18

19-21

22-24

25-27

28-30

31-33

34-36

37&38

ssk
ssk
k
ssk
ssk
k
ssk
ssk
k

 

Crochet Granny Bunting

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Abbreviations US(UK):All UK terms are in () throughout patterns.

ch chain
dc (tr) double crochet (treble crochet)
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)

Round 1 (Foundation): Ch 4 and slip stitch into 1st st to make a circle.

Round 2 (all stitches into center of circle):
Ch 3, 2dc(tr), ch 3,
*(3dc(tr), ch3,) Repeat from * 1 more time so you have 3 x 3dc(tr) clusters separated by 3ch.
Sl st into 3rd ch to join round or fasten off if you’d like to change colors.

Round 3:
Sl st into corner space (3 sts)
Ch 3,2dc(tr), ch 3, 3dc(tr) into 3ch space from 1st round.
*Ch 1
3dc(tr), ch 3, 3dc(tr) into next corner.
Repeat from * at step 3 in next corner.
Sl st into 3rd ch to join round or fasten off if you’d like to change colors.

Round 4:
Sl st into corner space (3 sts)
Ch 3,2dc(tr), ch 3, 3dc(tr) into 3ch space from 1st round.
*Ch 1
3dc(tr) into ch1 space.
3dc(tr), ch 3, 3dc(tr) into next corner.
Repeat from * at step 3 in next corner.
Sl st into 3rd ch to join round or fasten off if you’d like to change colors.

Round 5:
Sl st into corner space (3 sts)
Ch 3,2dc(tr), ch 3, 3dc(tr) into 3ch space from 1st round.
*Ch 1
3dc(tr) into ch1 space
3dc(tr), ch 3, 3dc(tr) into next corner.
Repeat from * at step 3 to end of round.
Sl st into 3rd ch to join round and fasten off.

Putting it all together.

If you’re putting on little bells too, save one end at the bottom peak of your triangle for attaching the bell. If you’re not attaching a bell head to the next paragraph. Thread your bell onto the yarn then using a yarn needle, weave through bottom of peak and make a knot and tighten so the bell is snug against the peak. Weave in end.

If you’ve made your bunting out of acrylic yarn, grab your iron and fill up the water reservoir. Hovering the iron about 2cm over a triangle pump the steam and watch them go flat. If you want you can slip the crochet ones over 3 pins (I used quilting pins cause they’re extra long.) and let them sit for a couple of minutes. The knit triangles just need a steam blast or two and they’re ready to go since they are a solid fabric.

Once you’ve weaved in all your ends and steamed each triangle, pick a colour to bind all the bunting together.

  • Leaving about a cm(4in) tail, make a slip knot and chain 35.
  • With the top right edge of your triangle facing your crochet hook, make a sc(dc) into 1st and in each stitch across the top.
  • Chain 20.
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the remainder of your triangles.
  • After last triangle is attached. Chain 35 and fasten off leaving a 10cm(4in) tail.

Hang up & enjoy!

*I’ve read this over a few times but if you’ve noticed a mistake, please let me know. Thanks & Happy Making!

P.S. For my offline friends, I know you’re thinking a free pattern?! After all our discussions?! And yes, I normally wouldn’t post a free pattern(more on that another time) but I also don’t believe in charging for fresh air which is essentially what these triangles are.

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