Actually, I don’t have time to be very creative. Only in thought, because making the stuff I make up, well, that’s not happening often. I see absolutely wonderful children’s clothing online, to make myself. Easy to make, original and at a very reasonable price if you get the right material to work with. But…First of all I would have to learn how to sew. And then still find time to actually sew. I know there are supermoms who work fulltime, manage to do all the housekeeping, do great things with the kids AND do all the sewing and baking as well. I’m afraid little R. and little M. will have to make do with me. And their Dad is just as handy with the sewing machine as me.
Occasionally I do make something. Like this birthday bunting. Still, my planning leaves much to be desired from. I am always late to start, and the night before the anniversary i’m busy until late to finish it. These festive banners are secretly unfinished (guess what is not finished yet…). But it’s a simple pattern; anyone can do it. And it looks great once they hang. Very, very festive!
The pattern is inspired by Crochet with Raymond. There’s a great bunting pattern here(http://crochethealingandraymond.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/granny-bunting-remix-styles/). I also looked for inspiration at Loretta Grayson’s website (http://rettg.blogspot.com / and for the pattern http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/abbeydale/183/tri-gran.htm). I found the links on this wonderful website (http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2011/03/trees-and-triangles.html).
I adapted the pattern and this is what I made:
- Round 1 – Chain 5, 3 dc in ch First, ch3, 4 dc in same place, ch 3, 4 dc in same place, ch3, join with sl at top of First 5 ch, 3 dc in next 3 sl, then change color
- Round 2 – 1 sl st in corner, then ch 3, 3 dc in same place, ch 3, 4 dc in same place, ch 1, 4 dc in next corner, ch 3, 4 dc in same place, ch 1, 4 ° C in next corner, ch3, 4 dc in same place, ch 1, join, sls 3, change color
- Round 3: 1 sl st in corner, ch 3, 3 dc in same place, ch 3, 4 ° C in the same place, ch 1, 4 dc in next corner, ch 1 * 4 ° C in the next place, ch 1, * 4 ° C in next corner, ch 3, 4 ° C in corner, ch 1, 4 ° C in next space, ch 1, repeat from * once, join, 3 sl st in next 3 dc, change color
- Round 4: 1 sl st in corner, dc in chain 3.4 Same corner, * ch 1, 4 ° C in space, ch1, 4 dc in space, ch 1, 4 ° C in corner, ch 3, 4 ° C in Same space, repeat after * once, ch 1, 4 ° C in space, ch 1, 4 ° C in space, ch 1, change color
- Round 5 – sl st in dc, ch1, then 1 sc in same stitch, 1 sc in next 3 dc, 5 sc in corner, 1 sc in next 4 dc, 1 sc in next ch1-space, continu around, working 1 sc in each dc and in each ch1-space. In the next corner: 1 hdc, 1 dc, 1 htr, 1 dc, 1 hdc, then continue in same manner as before until you reach the corner, in the corner 5 sc, then continued as before, join with sl st.
- Round 6 (edging): sl st in next 3 sc, sl st in next 5 sc in the corner, 2 sl st in next two sc, * ch 3, sl st in 1st ch, sl st in next 5 sc * repeat from * to * until you reach the next corner, in corner 2 sl st in next 2 sc, ch3, sl st in 1st ch, sl st in next 5 sc, repeat from * to * again until you reach next corner, then sl st until you reach the start again, FO.
The pattern is written in American standard! I used a 5mm needle and I used Phildar Avison Coton in as many colors as I could find. It is also the first pattern that I write down, so I hope it’s correct. Let me know if there are any errors in it!
I made twenty triangles. Then I put them together: ch50, sc in all sc of the flag (note, don’t make the sc in the sl st!), Ch 12, then sc in each stitch of the following flag, keep it up until you’ve connected all the flags, end with ch 50, turn and sc in all stitches. And that last thing is what I didn’t do (yet). I did plan to do more do I could decorate the entire room. But I just decided that I find one flag line at the window festive enough.