Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Bit of Brownie Knits Bunting

I dropped off the blogging front for a little bit, but I was B-U-S-Y! I've been knitting and crocheting at least 10 hours a day (sometimes 12+)! So, that means now that I have a little time to breathe, I have lots to share with all of you!!!

First up is this little bunting that I knitted up. I'm toying with the idea of a YouTube-based podcast. (Not certain if I'm comfortable in front of the camera, but we shall see.) Anyway, if I'm going to start a podcast, I wanted a Brownie Knits banner. Thus, the bunting was born. Although I didn't initially intend to release this as a pattern, I was asked by a few people for instructions. So, in this blog post you will get "guidelines" for knitting the bunting.

Yarn: For 12 flags, two i-cord hangers, and 12 i-cord letters, I used 1 skein each of Berroco Vintage
Needle: US 6 (4mm) circulars or straights and DPNs (for i-cord), use a needle smaller than normal for your yarn weight to give a firm fabric.
Notions: 2 buttons per flag, scissors, tapestry needle, thread for buttons, sewing needle that fits through buttons

BO = bind off
CO = cast on
K, k = knit
K2tog = knit 2 sts together
P, p = purl
P3tog = purl 3 sts together
pm = place marker
RS = right side
slm = slip marker
SSK = slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 purlwise, knit these 2 sts together (I like to slip them differently to get a flat stitch.)
WS = wrong side

CO 30 sts using the long-tail cast on.
K 6 rows. (Creates 3 garter st bumps on the RS of work.)
Row 1 (WS): K3, pm, P24, pm, K3.
Row 2 (RS): K, slm as you come to them.
Row 3: K3, slm, P24, slm, K3.
Row 4: K3, SSK, K20, K2tog, K3.
Row 5: K3, P22, K3.
Row 6: K.

Row 7: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 8: K3, SSK, K to last 5 sts, K2tog, K3.
Row 9: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.
Row 10: K.
Row 11: K3, P to last 3 sts, K3.

Repeat rows 7-11 until there are only 10 sts on the needle.

Next RS row: K3, SSK, K2tog, K3.
WS: K3, P2, K3.
RS: K3, K2, K3.
WS: K3, P2, K3.
RS: K3, K2tog, K3.
WS: K2, P3tog, K2.
RS: K1, K3tog, K1.
WS: P3tog

Cut tail and weave in ends.

I-cord Hangers:
CO 6 sts with DPNs, being sure to leave a long enough tail to seam the end of the i-cord closed. K in i-cord until the cord is desired length to fit behind the bunting triangles. BO and weave in tails on both ends to close up any gaps on the ends. Using a tapestry needle and a cut long piece of matching yarn, sew the bunting to the i-cord. Then sew on the buttons to each triangle with thread and a sewing needle.

Note: I didn't leave extra i-cord on my ends, but instead seamed the triangles to the very edge of the i-cord. If you want, you could leave it longer for use when hanging the bunting.

I-cord Letters:
CO 6 sts with DPNs, being sure to leave a long enough tail for sewing the letters to the triangles. K in i-cord until the cord reaches the length you need to make your letter. This is not very scientific. I simply knitted along and tried to shape it as I went and when it was the size and shape I wanted, I BO leaving another long tail. I then sewed the letters using a tapestry needle and the two tails. You can easily hide your stitching inside the "tube" of the i-cord. For some letters, I found making several smaller i-cords and shaping those to form a letter to be a bit easier.

I hope you enjoy making some bunting for your special events or for an everyday decoration!

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