Ideas for edging bunting

Continuing with my theme of bunting, today I thought I’d share a few ideas for bunting edging. Firstly a simple double crochet edging.

SmBuntingDCEdgeI started at the top right corner of the triangle and worked down each side working a double crochet(dc) into each stitch of the edge. When I got to the bottom stitch, I worked 2dc, chain 3, 2dc into that space. Then I worked back up the other side of the triangle with a double crochet into each stitch.

Another edging you could work is a shell edging

SmBuntingShellEdgeThis is quite a pretty edging, and is made by making 5 trebles into the stitch you want the shell to be in, slip stitch half way between that shell stitch and the position you want the next shell to be in, then continue with a shell made of 5 trebles. The bottom point is made of 3 trebles, chain 3, then another 3 treble.

The final edging I have to show you for today is a pompom edging

SmBuntingBobbleEdgeI think it’s my favorite edging of all time. You can find edging tutorials for these pompoms over on the blog Once Upon A Pink Moon, (click here to go straight to the page) I’ve slightly adjusted the pattern so the pompoms come out straight from the bunting edge.

Hope these photos give you some ideas on how to edge your bunting.

Next time I’ll show you some different ways to attach the bunting to the string.

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Variations on Crochet Bunting

I thought I’d show you a few more basic ideas for bunting today

First of all is treble crochet top down bunting:

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As the name suggests it’s worked starting at the top and moving to the bottom, decreasing at each end of the row. The advantage of this way of working is that the further down the triangle you go, the quicker your rows become. You will need to keep your starting chain quite loose though (or use a larger hook for the chain row) as otherwise it can pull the top of your triangle out of shape. It doesn’t actually make a lot of difference to the look of your bunting whether you start at the top or the bottom.

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You can also make bunting using double crochet. If you choose this stitch then I’ve found it easier to just increase at the start of each row. If you increase at both ends the triangle gets too wide too quickly, which I think spoils the look of the bunting.

Here is a photo of my double crochet bunting

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Finally here is another bunting – this time it’s a mixture of the granny-style bunting and the treble crochet bunting

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I’ll try to prepare a tutorial on this one over the next couple of weeks, when I get a little more time to play.

Of course you can leave your bunting just as it is, but I like to add an edge to it to finish it off, next time I’ll show you a few ways I’ve found to add pretty edges to your bunting.

Tutorial: Granny Bunting

Making Granny-style bunting is a quick and easy way to brighten up a dull corner of your room.

Her is a quick tutorial on how to make it:

Firstly chain 6 and join together into a ring with a slip stitch into the stitch nearest the knot

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Chain 3,

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then work 2 trebles into the centre of the ring.

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Chain 3, work 3 trebles into the centre of the ring, chain 3, 3 treble into the centre of the ring, chain 3, and then join together with a slip stitch into the top of the first chain 3.

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For the next round you can either choose to change colour as I have done, or continue in the same colour. If you change colour then cast off your first colour and rejoin the next colour in one of the chain spaces.

Chain 3, 2 treble into the same space, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same space.

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*Chain 2, move to the next space, 3 trebles, 3 chains, 3 trebles into the space.*

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repeat from * to * once more. Chain 2 and join to top of the first chain 3 with a slip stitch

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You can either stop at this point and have dinky bunting, or you can do another round or two to make it bigger.

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Here is a string of granny-style bunting that I made for my workroom

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Hope that helped you make some cheerful bunting. Next time I’ll show you another couple of ways to make bunting.

Treble Crochet Bunting Tutorial

This week I’ve playing about with and photographing crochet bunting ready for a class I’m teaching on Friday, and as I’m very excited about it, I thought I’d share a series of tutorials on just how I made it. Today is treble crochet bunting. I use UK notation throughout, so if you’re based in the US then all stitches will be your double crochet.

First of all this is what we’re (hopefully) going to end up with, a beautiful triangle, ready for edging and decorating.

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I used DMC natura which is a 4ply cotton and a 3mm hook, but you could choose whichever yarn and hook you feel comfortable using. Right, here goes:

Chain 3

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Work 2 trebles into the stitch nearest the knot

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Chain 3

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Turn your work, and then Treble into the stitch at the bottom of the chain 3, like so,

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Treble into the next stitch, and then work 2 trebles into the top of the chain 3 you worked in the previous row.

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You should have a row with 5 stitches now, including the first chain 3 that you started the row with.

For the next row (and every following row) you need to turn your work, chain 3, treble into the stitch at the bottom of the chain.

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Work a treble into the top of each treble from the previous row, and like before, work 2 trebles into the last stitch of the row (the chain 3 of the previous row)

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Continue in the same way, increasing at the beginning and end of each row until your bunting triangle is the size you want, then cast off. I stopped when I had 29 stitches.

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That’s all there is to it, hopefully my tutorial will be easy enough to follow. Next time I’ll show you how to make Granny-style bunting, like this one:

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Finished flower garland

Hooray I’ve finished it

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My lovely summery flower garland. I decided not to chain between the flowers as when I tried this and then hung it up, the flowers fell forwards. I tried hanging them from a loop at the top of each flower, but I didn’t like the way they hung, so I scrapped all those ideas and just went for sewing them together at either side of each flower. Sadly this meant the garland wasn’t quite long enough with the number of flowers I’d made, so back out came my hook, and several flowers later it was a perfect fit.

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Much better and brighter, I love it.