There’s nothing like a little bit of bunting to brighten up a garden or decorate a celebration. I went looking for a crochet pattern to make from bunting for our VE day celebrations but all the ones I tried I just couldn’t make it look right. So – in true Tippytupps fashion! – I made my own.
Like all my crochet patterns, this is incredibly simple to make, but looks really effective. Here is what you do.
- 4mm hook
- Scrap DK wool in 3 colours
- Darning needle to weave in ends
ch = chain
ss = slip stich
dc = double crochet
tr = treble
dtr = double treble
sts = stiches
THE PATTERN – FOR THE FLAGS
Make 4ch, ss to first ch to join into a ring.
3ch (counts as first tr) 2tr into the ring, *ch 2, 3tr into the ring* twice.
Ch2, ss to top of first 3 ch to join, fasten off. [12 sts + 3 corner spaces]
Join a new colour into any 2ch corner space. 3ch (counts as first tr) 2tr, 2ch, 3tr into the same corner space, ch2.
* 3tr, ch2, 3tr into the next corner space, ch2*
Repeat from * one more time into the final corner space, ss to top of first 3 ch to join, fasten off. [18 sts + 6 ch spaces]
Join a new colour into any 2ch corner space. 3ch (counts as first tr) 2tr, 1dtr, 2ch, 1dtr, 3tr into the same corner space.
*Ch1, ss into the middle of 3tr from round 2, ch1, 5tr into the ch sp, ch1, ss into the middle of 3tr from round 2, ch1. 3tr, 1dtr, ch2, 1dtr, 3tr into the corner space.*
Repeat from * one more time. Ch2, 3tr into the next ch sp, ch2, ss to top of first 3 ch to join, fasten off.
You should now have a flag with a single straight edge across the top, and two scalloped edges for the sides. Repeat until you have 7 flags for your bunting.
THE PATTERN – FOR THE STRING
Now you need to crochet your flags together.
Ch50, double crochet across the top of your flag placing 1dc in each of the 4 sts in the top right (ignoring the corner space), 1dc in the ch sp, 1 dc in each of the 3tr from round 3, 1dc in the ch sp, 1dc in each of the 4 sts in the top left (ignoring the corner space).
Ch10 in between flags.
Repeat until your final flag, ch50 to finish.
Now you can end here if you like as you should now have a 7 flag length of crochet bunting with chain stitch stringing them together.
However, I like to give my bunting a corded finish as not only does it look good, but it also adds a little strength to your bunting. To do this, turn your work and run a simple ss in the back of every stitch in your string. (To crochet unto the back, ignore the front “v” and instead ss into the back bumps of your work).
This forms a lovely cord similar to an iCord in knitting. Continue to ss the entire length of your work until the end.
Fasten off. Stitch the two ends of your work to form a loop.