I’ve always been a sucker for bunting – there is something about it that says fun, without implying you forgot to take down decorations after a children’s birthday party. I’d love for you to be able to create an everyday party in your home as well, by following along in creating your own bunting.
I really like the simplicity of this pattern. My favourite projects are amigurumi, but while these are adorable, they aren’t necessarily relaxing as you need to pay attention and count your stitches. As this is a simple repetitive pattern, you can do this while your attention is elsewhere, or put it down and pick it up later and not need to worry about where you were up to. I made this bunting over the period of about 4 months, making slow progress anytime I had some time to kill – including while on planes, relaxing in hotel rooms between touristing, in the evenings during work travel, on the bus on the way to work…pretty much anywhere!
Something I’d like to emphasise about this pattern is that it’s not really a strict ‘pattern’ that you need to follow in order for your final piece to work out. It’s more of a guideline, which you should feel free to tweak in whatever way you’d like until you’re happy with the end product. For example, you can change the number of rows in the triangle to change the proportions, or change the number of stitches in between each each triangle when you join them depending on how you want them to be spaced out. Go nuts with making it your own!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 2 different colours of yarn – a base colour and a contrast colour for the stripe at the top
- 3.5mm crochet hook. As we want the stitches to be a bit looser than in amigurumi, you can use the size of hook recommend for the yarn.
- Scissors to trim
- Yarn needle to weave in ends
STITCHES YOU’LL NEED TO KNOW
Chain – CH
Foundation single crochet – FSC (foundation double crochet in UK/AU terms. If you aren’t sure how to do this, Craftsy has an excellent tutorial)
Single crochet – SC (double crochet in UK/AU terms)
Half double crochet – HDC (half treble crochet in UK/AU terms)
Increase – INC. Stitch 2 hdc into the same stitch, so that you increase the number of stitches in the row by one.
Turn – this pattern is worked in rows, so at the end of each row you need to turn your piece of work counter-clockwise so that you are in a position to start working the next row.
STEP ONE: CREATE THE BUNTING TRIANGLES
Row 1: Create a slip knot and chain 2, 3 hdc into the second chain from the hook. This is your first row and will have (3) stitches. Chain 2 and turn, so you are ready to start your next row
Row 2: Inc, hdc, inc (5). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3: Hdc x 4, inc (6). Chain 2 and turn.
From now on, you can just continue this same repeat – each row is to hdc all stitches, except for the last which is an increase to create the triangle shape. Note the increase is only at the end of each row, as the chain at the start of each row acts as a ‘semi-increase’ and keeps it visually balanced.
Row 4: Hdc x 5, inc (7). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 5: Hdc x 6, inc (8). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 6: Hdc x 7, inc (9). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 7: Hdc x 8, inc (10). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 8: Hdc x 9, inc (11). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 9: Hdc x 10, inc (12). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 10: Hdc x 11, inc (13). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 11: Hdc x 12, inc (14). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 12: Hdc x 13, inc (15). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 13: Hdc x 14, inc (16). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 14: Hdc x 15, inc (17). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 15: Hdc x 16, inc (18). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 16: Hdc x 17, inc (19). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 17: Hdc x 18, inc (20). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 18: Hdc x 19, inc (21). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 19: Hdc x 20, inc (22). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 20: Hdc x 21, inc (23). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 21: Hdc x 22, inc (24). Chain 2 and turn.
Row 22: Hdc x 23, inc (25). Chain 2 and turn.Finishing Row: This row is to neaten up the edges of the triangle and make it look more polished. Chain 1, and single crochet all the way around the two long edges of the triangle, single crocheting 3 times into the point to help you move around the corner. (This should be approximately 55 stitches in total, but doesn’t matter if it is 1 or 2 different.)
Cut yarn, and weave in your ends.
Repeat for as many triangle as you would like on your bunting. Personally I chose to make 15, but you can make more or less depending on how long you want the bunting to be, or whenever you run out of yarn!
STEP TWO: JOINING THE TRIANGLES
To help you imagine it – due to the nature of crocheting, we are essentially starting at the right hand side of the bunting, and working out way back to the left.
Row 1: Create a slip knot and fsc 40 times – this creates the beginning of the band along the top of the bunting.
Now it is time to connect the first triangle – without breaking the yarn, sc into each top stitch of the triangle. You’ll now have a total of 65 stitches (40 fsc + 25 sc into the triangle).
Again, don’t break the yarn, and fsc 20 stitches, then connect the next triangle by crocheting sc into each stitch in the top row.
Continue this pattern – fsc 20, sc 25 into the triangle, until you have connected all your triangles. Finish the row by crocheting 40 fsc after the last triangle, creating a total of (735) stitches. I know, it’s a lot. Find a good show on TV while you do this.
Row 2: Now comes the easy bit! Connect your contrast colour at the end where you started Row 1 (this ensures the ‘nice side’ of the single crochet is showing in the final product) and sc your whole way along.
Weave in ends, and display with pride!