Well, after yesterday's bunting post, I found I couldn't be stopped! It's Crochet Bunting City here!
I feel so excited and on such a high of creativity - want to know what I've gone and done now?
I've invented a new kind of bunting! Christmas Bunting!
What do you think?
Again, this is not actually my own invention - I can only take credit for the clever-combination. :-) It's a mix of clever patterns and ideas from other clever blogsters.
In fact, it's the same lovely ladies that I mentioned yesterday - Michelle from The Royal Sisters and Alice from Crochet with Raymond!
The star is from The Royal Sisters - it's from the "Granny Star Hexagon" tutorial.
I was making some of these a few weeks ago with the idea of joining them into a ... I don't know... maybe a table runner?... something. Just trying things out, really. I made the star part in this amazing gold thread that I found in Spotlight, and then I tried adding the extra rounds in a cheerful Christmas red.
Anyway, last night, I was looking at those stars and thinking... if they are six-sided, couldn't they be turned into something three-sided?
Then I was looking at Alice's blog (Crochet with Raymond) and I saw, on her new bunting pattern, what has she done? Started with a centre made from six clusters! And then she made that into a three-sided triangle!
So, yes, it can be done! Thanks, Alice! :-)
So I took my lovely gold star, and started creating granny-triangle rounds.
Following the Granny Tree pattern on the Royal Sisters, I used groups of four double-crochets (UK trebles), not the traditional three. This actually worked well because that covered the gold chains around the star better than a group of three, as those chains are rather long (5 chains stitches, from memory).
Then when I was happy with the number of rounds, I edged them following the Granny Tree pattern again. But at the tip I added a little picot again. (This is an idea that I got from Crochet with Raymond and I mentioned this in my last post - apologies for the repetition!).
And suddenly, there before me, was this very fancy, very special-looking Christmas-y bunting! Well, it looked fancy and special and Christmas-y to me, at least! :-P
Yes, I do feel rather proud of my special Christmas bunting and I couldn't wait to share it with you.
So if you want to make one of your own, pop over to The Royal Sisters and have a look at her Grandma Star Hexagon tutorial, and then combine that with her Grandma Tree tutorial. If you're not sure how to turn six clusters into a triangle, have a look at Alice's bunting pattern on Crochet with Raymond - her photos make it nice and clear. And before you know it, you'll have yourself some Chrissy bunting like mine!
(I don't feel that I can put the pattern here, can I? Since it's not really my own - it's a combination of others... you know what I mean? But these blogs are just a click away - just follow my links. They are great blogs with lots of great ideas and the photo-tutorials make everything super-easy.)
And, if you try this, please let me know how you get on! What else did you make that was similar? The possibilities are ENDLESS! Cool, hey? I Never Knew. ;-)
Have fun and happy hooking!