What makes anything cuter? Bunting, of course! Especially bunting made from tiny crocheted flags.
These flags are just two rounds of crochet so it’s easy to whip out a whole bunch of them in a short span of time and the project is very portable. This pattern includes written instructions, charts, and a special photo tutorial for hiding yarn tails as you work. Out of 64 potential yarn ends that need weaving, you only have 2—and even those 2 aren’t regular woven ends since you’ll actually be creating hanging loops out of them.
This design is just a springboard for your imagination. Choosing different color combinations, working two colors within a single flag, or making a solid colored bunting will produce totally different looks to suit different occasions.
It’s perfect for baby nurseries, college dorm rooms or birthday party decorations to last a lifetime.
Bunting really does make everything cuter. It’s a scientifically proven fact.*
*my scientific sources are highly questionable, so the only way to find out if bunting makes everything cuter is to make some and see for yourself!
Bunting length: 84” [213 cm]
Individual flag dimensions: 1.5” X 1.5” X 1.5” [4 X 4 X 4 cm]
I Love this Cotton! (100% cotton; 180 yd [165 m]/3.5 oz [100 g])
1 skein each:
Color A: #24 Ivory
Color B: #74 Pink
Color C: #12 Buttercup
Color D: #258 Pistache
Color E: #68 Aqua
US Size G/6 [4.0 mm]
Gauge is not critical to this pattern. Feel free to cheer!
Spray starch (if desired)
Ironing board or surface
• It’s simple to make bunting longer or shorter by working the same number more or fewer flags in each color to keep the color sequence on point, e.g. If you wanted your bunting to be 13” [33 cm] longer, you would work 8 flags in color A and 7 flags in colors B, C, D, E. If you wanted the bunting to be 13” [33 cm] shorter, you would work 6 flags in color A and 5 flags in colors B, C, D, E.
• You can make larger sized flags by working additional hdc rounds as follows: work 1 hdc in each hdc and (2 hdc-ch 2-2 hdc) in each corner 2-ch sp.
• Note that you may require more yarn than stated if you make longer bunting or larger flags.
• This pattern calls for use of the Extended Turning Chain (ETC). To make ETC, simply pull up a chain to the height of the stitch you are about to work, do not yarn over or pull through.
Color A: Make 7.
Color B, C, D, E: Make 6.
Make Flag Motif (Chart offered below)
Make a magic ring.
Rnd 1: ETC, (3 hdc, ch 2) 3 times into ring working over yarn tail, sl st to 1st hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring by pulling on center yarn tail. Continue working over yarn tail in rnd 2. Refer to photo tutorial for assistance.
Rnd 2: ETC, *hdc in next 3 hdc, (2 hdc-ch 2-2 hdc) in next 2-ch sp; rep from * around, sl st to 1st hdc to join rnd.
Fasten off and break yarn leaving a 4” [10 cm] tail. If you’ve worked over your beginning yarn tail, trim neatly at back of flag.
Join Flag Motifs (See red row of Chart above)
With Color A, join yarn at right corner 2-ch sp of flag (Make sure that the yarn tail of the flag is positioned across the top edge of the flag. Refer to Photo Tutorial below).
Joining Row: * Ch 1, sc in 2-ch sp, sc in each hdc across top edge of flag working over yarn tail as you go, sc in left corner 2-ch sp (9 sc worked across flag), ch 1; rep from * across top edge of each flag in the following sequence [A-E-D-C-B] for a total of 6 color repeats ending with the final Flag A.
Fasten off, break yarn leaving a 6” [15 cm] tail. Neatly trim all top edge yarn tails you covered with the joining row.
Working in Yarn Tails Photo Tutorial
1. Approach tail to be worked in.
2. Hold tail to back of work, insert hook.
3. Work stitch as indicated, being sure to catch tail yarn in the stitch.
4. How tail looks after being worked in.
5. Trim tail very close to stitches. Be careful not to snip the stitches!
Make Hanging Loops (2)
At this point, you should have only 2 yarn ends remaining: 1 at the beginning and 1 at the end of the joining row. Thread the yarn end onto your yarn needle. Weave in the end securely allowing a small amount of yarn to loop out at the outside corner. Insert your forefinger into the loop to size it and finish tightening and weaving in that yarn end.
Repeat at the opposite corner of the bunting.
Lightly spray the bunting with spray starch, cover with a press cloth and press for a few seconds with a steam iron set to the “cotton” setting. Uncover and stretch gently, pressing carefully with your fingers to define the flag points. Repeat across the length of the bunting.
***Please note that photos have been styled for effect. Always be careful when hanging objects near cribs or children’s areas.***
*: repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed
ETC: extended turning chain
hdc: half double crochet
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
WS: wrong side
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