Friday, 9 December 2011

Good Old Fashioned Bunting Tutorial

Welcome to our 'Good Old Fashioned' Bunting tutorial!
We came up with this pattern together as we like nothing more then to have a nice bit of bunting jazzing up our apartment ;-)
We hope you find our tutorial easy to follow, but if you do have any questions, feel free to contact us in the comment box below.


Yarn: We've used 5 colors of Rico Baby Cotton Soft DK (obviously you can use any yarn you want, bulky for big bunting, and dk for smaller)

Hook: We've used a 4mm hook. We advise you to use a smaller hook to make your bunting hold it's shape a little better.

Darning Needle: For all of those pesky ends.

Starch and blocking pins (optional)

Round 1

Chain 13, dc in 4th chain from hook. (We've popped a needle through the 4th chain to show you where to make your first dc)

dc in the next 8 ch. You should end up with one ch left.

In the last ch, make (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc)
In the picture below we have just completed 3dc and ch 2. We still have 3 dc to go in the same stitch.

You will notice that your work has started to turn the corner. This is good as we are going to be working down the other side of the chains.

dc in each of the remaining 9 bottom loops. The picture below shows you where to put your hook.

At the end of the first round, your work should look something like this.

Round 2

ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) Turn your work.

dc in the next 9 stitches.

3 dc in the next stitch

dc in the next two stitches.

If it's all gone according to plan, we should have reached the ch 2 loop from the previous round.
In the ch 2 loop, make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc)

dc in the next 2 stitches.
3 dc in the next stitch.
dc in the remaining 10 stitches.

That wasn't so bad now, was it? Hopefully it looks like this.

Round 3

ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) Turn.
dc in the next 10 stitches.
3 dc in the next stitch. (This should be the middle stitch of the 3 dc of the previous round.)

dc in the next 5 stitches.
In the ch 2 space from the previous round, make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc).
dc in the next 5 stitches.
3 dc in the next stitch.
dc in the remaining 11 stitches.

Round three complete!! How's it looking?

Round 4

There are not so many pictures in this round as it works basically the same as round 3.

ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) Turn.
dc in the next 11 stitches.
3 dc in the next stitch.
dc in the next 8 stitches.
In the ch 2 space from the previous round, make (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc).
dc in the next 8 stitches.
3 dc in the next stitch.
dc in the remaining 12 stitches.
Faten off. (Don't fasten off if you want to keep the edging the same colour.)

Round 5

For this round we chose to change colour, as we think it makes the edging pop! However, feel free to keep going in the same colour.

Join a new colour of yarn. We did this by making a simple knot.

To start working with the new color, pull your yarn through the last stitch of the previous round.
ch 1 (does not count as a sc)

sc in the same stitch. (We chose to work our sc's on top of the loose ends so we don't have to sew them in later)

sc in the next 12 stitches
(After these 12 stitches you can cut off the loose ends. They should be nice and secure by now)

3 sc in the next stitch.
sc in the next 11 stitches.
In the chain 2 space make (2 sc, ch 2, 2 sc).

sc in the next 11 stitches.
3 sc in the next stitch.
sc in remaining 13 stitches.

Fasten off. Even though we'll be working with the same color in the next round, the edging pattern calls for working in the same direction as the previous round. No turning of the work this time. 

Round 6

We are using the same colour yarn as in the previous round.
Begin by pulling your yarn through the very first ch we made in the previous round. (You can see it clearly in the picture. Where we have put our needle is where you will join the yarn).

In this round we are always working out of the back loops of the stitches from the previous round.
(You can see the back loops in the picture below, as indicated by our needle).

Slip stitch in the next 2 stitches (remember working out of back loops only).

*In the next stitch make (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc).  sl st in the next 3 stitches* repeat between ** 5 times

You should have 3 stitches remaining before the ch 2 space of the previous round.
In the next stitch (sc, ch 2, sc). sl st in the next 2 stitches.

In the ch2 space of previous round (which may be a little tricky to spot). Make 1 sc, ch3.

Now we are going to make a sl st at the base of the chain 3 we just made. It might be a bit tricky to find, but take a look at our picture. The needle indicates where to put your hook. You've just made a picot, how fancy!
Make 1 sc in the same ch 2 space (in this space you should have made: 1 sc, 1 picot, 1 sc).

sl st in next 2 stitches.
*In the next stitch make (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc).  sl st in the next 3 stitches* repeat between ** 5 more times.

In next stitch (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc)
sl st in remaining 2 stitches.
Fasten off.
Tie the two loose ends together.

Sew in all loose ends.

Finishing off and Joining

Once we had made our desired amount of bunting we decided to block the pieces and spray them with a light water and starch solution. This will help them to hold their shape a little better.

This is really up to the individual. I guess you just have to get a feel for how floppy your bunting pieces are and also the look you are going for. I personally love the look of the bunting when it is not 100% flat, it almost adds a little personality to it.

There are many ways you could join these little beauties. Feel free to experiment and get creative with them.
We chose to join ours like this:

Ch 30

Sl st into first ch to form a loop. (We made the loop for convenience when hanging).

Ch 10
Now we are going to dc into the bunting. Hold the ch tight and yarn over hook (like in the picture).

Place your hook under the dc of round 4, like in the picture.

Now make your dc. Make 2 more dc in the same space.

Now make 3 dc going under the dc from round 2, like in the picture.

3 dc in the very middle of your bunting. We chose the middle ch.

Mirror what you have done on the other side. You will end up with five 3dc clusters along the top of your bunting.

Ch 10 (can be less or more depending on how far away you want your buntings to be spaced from each other)
Repeat the five dc clusters in each of your remaining buntings.
Once you have attached your last piece, Ch 40 and sl st in the 30th chain from hook to form a loop.
Sew in any loose ends.

You have just made yourself your very own 'Good Old Fashioned' Bunting! Now go hang it up and admire! (Maybe with a 'good old fashioned' cup o' tea and some cookies).

Go ahead and experiment with different colors, make yourself a Christmas version, an "It's a Boy" version, or whatever tickles your fancy! Have fun!

and Dennis xxx
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  1. That is so cute! I love the edging and really wish I could crochet now. Do you thing this project is appropriate for a beginner? It's such a detailed tutorial, thanks for spelling everything out so clearly.

  2. Great tutorial, brilliant bunting.
    Carol xx

  3. Great job, guys. I can definitely see myself making some of these :)

  4. Thankyou for posting this, I just love your work Matt..

  5. Great tutorial Matt and Dennis, I'll have to give this a go. I also loved your fabric bunting :-) xx

  6. FABULOUS! Just what I need, a new project!lol Very,very good tutorial with beautiful pics. Thanks Boys. x

  7. Hi Matt and Dennis -- Just found you through "InTheSky" blog... what a great tutorial! I love to crochet, but always just wing it, and therefore always end up with another scarf. I love the bunting idea! Can't wait to dive into your blog further and find more inspiration.

  8. Great tutorial! Love the old-fashioned bunting! Can't wait to try it out. How's life on the cruise ship?

  9. This is a great bunting and quite different from the other crochet bunting you see on the web, I like it.

  10. You have awesome tutorials. The pictures are great! And I love the projects. Thanks so much!

  11. Just want to say thanks for a great tutorial.. I've made four sets of bunting for new babies aswell as my own baby.. who is now 21!

    Thanks again Guys

    H x

  12. I am hanging bunting all about my porch for a colorful, happy summer! Thank you!

  13. Thank you, great tutorial!! I love bunting :D Very colorful and descriptive. Sadly I've been ignoring my crochet as I am in nursing school and have to study, study, study! I found your blog via Attic 24, via Crochet with Raymond. I think its the friendliness and the love of color that has attracted me to your blogs.

  14. Thanks for the turorial,i have made one already and i bought some other colors already for more.Picture and link is on my blog

  15. Brilliant tutorial. Thanks for sharing so generously!!

  16. So, so cute! I have been meaning to make some bunting for a hanging shelf in my office. This looks like the perfect project. Thank you for sharing, and with such clear photos.

  17. OMGs! This is GORGEOUS! I am SO making this in Xmas colours for next festive season. :)

  18. This is one of the best tutorials I have seen with fantastic pictures to take away all the guess work. I am going to make this for my kitchen window. thanks so much!

  19. Dear Matt, my eyes are open wide and can´t close them seeing your wonderful works and from now I´ll follow you ´till the end of times........ I feel in my heart all the love you put in them, what it´s really important for me. Sorry for my English, isn´t as good as I´d like.



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