Good Old Fashioned Bunting

There is nothing quite like homemade bunting to add some vintage flair to your celebrations. Here’s my version of the timeless classic, which I've quite aptly named: "Good Old Fashioned Bunting".

Materials

Yarn, Scissors, Crochet hook, Darning needle, Pins (for optional, but recommended blocking) Starch (for optional, but recommended blocking)

Abbreviations

ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch
sc: Single crochet (UK double crochet)
dc: Double crochet (UK treble crochet)
From now on, all crochet stitch abbreviations are written in US terminology.

Yarn & Hook

Cotton works great for this project, but any type of yarn can be used.
I recommend going down half a hook size to the recommendation of the yarn manufacturer (This is so that your bunting works up a little tighter and holds its shape better).
For each piece of bunting, two colours of yarn are used. One for the main section and one for the border. It’s nice if these two colours can contrast with one another, for optimum bunting effect.

The Pattern

Round 1:
ch 13, dc in 4th chain from hook. dc in the next 8 chains. You should end up with one ch left.
In the last ch, make (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) This turns the corner (Picture A).
dc in each of the remaining 10 bottom loops. (Picture B)


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, you 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. (Picture C)


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 from 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. (Picture D)


Round 4: 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. Fasten off. (Picture E)

Round 5: Join a new colour of yarn. To start working with the new color, pull your yarn through the last stitch from the previous round.
ch 1 (does not count as a sc) sc in the same stitch.
sc in the next 12 stitches.
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. (Picture F)



Round 6: The reason you’ve fastened off in the last round, is because you need to start round 6 from the same place you started round 5.
Begin by pulling your yarn through the very first ch we made in the previous round. (Picture G)

In this round you are always working out of the back loops of the stitches from the previous round.

sl st in the next 2 stitches

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




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

In the ch2 space from previous round (which may be a little tricky to spot), make 1 sc, ch3 (Picture I)

Now make a sl st in the first chain of the chain 3 you just made. 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). (Picture J) 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 * and * 5 more times.
In the next stitch make (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) sl st in remaining 2 stitches. Fasten off.
Tie the two loose ends together and sew in all tails.



Joining your Bunting

Ch 30.
You’re now going to dc into your bunting piece. To do this: hold the loop on your hook tight with your index finger and yarn over hook. With the right side of your bunting piece facing you, insert your hook underneath the dc of round 4 (Picture K) Now finish your dc.
Make 2 more dc in the same space.

Now make 3 dc going under the dc from round 2. Make 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. (Picture L)



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 bunting pieces.
Once you have attached your last piece, Ch 30 and finish off. Sew in the beginning and end tails.