flag bunting in progress

May 26, 2022

 









I love my flag bunting so much. It's so festive! There was a lot of interest in how I was going to display my little knitted triangles, so now that I'm a seasoned bunting pro and half way finished, I have some tips:

The pattern is free: Summer Bunting by Julia Marsh. My one modification was to switch the decreases--k3, k2tbl, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3. I just prefer that look.


I'm using worsted and dk weights as is, and fingering weights knit with two stands held together. Size US 6 needle. I also added a few thicker weights, aran and chunky, but cast on 31 or 33 stitches instead of 35. They all ended up to be of similar size.

Outdoors screams for brights, and even though this was meant to be a scrappy only project  to use up my leftovers, I had to purchase a bright green, yellow and purple for color pop. Nothing seems to be too bright for outdoors and I mix them in with my more muted colors.

You'll need to make a lot of flags. An astonishing amount. It surprised me how many I need and I'm only half finished with my patio. 

Block and weave in ends as you go.

I used low-sag nylon twine to string together. For reference, the twine is about as thick as a toothpick.

I hung them by piggybacking them onto the same cup hooks we are using for our lights. This makes them easy to hang and remove. Because our California sun is so bright and fading is a problem, these will be hung for special occasions only, which for us, will be often. 🎉

Each strand is bagged and labeled because the nylon strands are cut to fit a specific spot. They take just a few minutes to hang.

If you are looking for an easy breezy summer knit that gobbles up those leftovers, this is it!

Best travel knit ever. Add an extra set of needles and teach someone how to knit (some for you).



Check out Ravelry! So many adorable free patterns.

Rett's Flower Bunting by Loretta Grayson


Garter Stitch Bunting by Faye Reed



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15 Comments

  1. I love it! MDK has a “freak flag” bunting that uses sequence knitting, and I’ve been intrigued but I hadn’t made any plans. Now I’m inspired! It seems like the perfect summer, on the go project too.

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    1. I looked up the Freak Flag and love the way they knit them together. So clever. It would be great for using a yarn that changes colors like Noro. It would be a great on the go project!

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  2. Wow. That turned out Great!

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  3. That was Chloe.

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  4. Great job! Your home always looks so relaxing.

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  5. Beautiful
    We did this at Lofty Lou’s yarn shop in Placerville. Great way to decorate our window and use up scraps of yarn.

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    1. What a cute idea! I love your shop. I was only in there one time but I remember loving it and thinking the ladies there were so nice. I hope I can see you again.

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  6. Very festive and fun, Kristen.

    Carole

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    1. Thank you Carole. I imagine you'll see it soon. :)

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  7. Just added some of that twine to my cart. They are almost out. Wonder why…😄. I kind of shelved the idea because we no longer have a patio (sad face), but then It hit me that our daughter’s family does and wouldn’t it be fun to to hang them up while we are taking care of their dog while they are on vacation. You are such an enabler Kristin, and I have so much purple, green and yellow (and every other color of the rainbow, frankly.). Chloe

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    1. Great! I'm glad to know I'm an enabler in this case! I have been knitting a few of these every day and feel I'll have enough to cover my patio with tiny waving flags before summer starts! As for threading, you're right, I didn't make eyelets. My idea was to crochet them together but knitting yarn is too saggy so I bagged that idea. When I found a no-sag nylon cord I knew that would be my best bet. I threaded my darning needle and poked the needle into the natural holes of the knitting, about 1/2 to 1" apart. My stands are about 10 to 20' long, depending on where I needed to hang them. I tied simple loops on each end to attach to my cup-hooks. Time will tell, but I think this will be my best bet for hanging.

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  8. Kristen, could you share how you threaded the twine through the triangles! It doesn’t appear that you knitted eyelets, which I would prefer not to do if possible. Would seem to make the triangles a little too fragile on a windy day. Chloe

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  9. Thank you so much, Kristen! I didn’t know the cord would fit through the eye of a darning needle. Now I am rarin’ to go. I had hoped that tying a loop at the end of the cord to hook onto the cup hook would work. Thank you for confirming! Chloe

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