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Published on May 6th, 2017 | by Kate Eastwood

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Free Mini Tutti Frutti Bunting Tutorial!

Kate’s beautiful mini bunting will cheer up any room, big or small!

Mini tutti frutti bunting

Hanging up a string of bunting is the perfect way to add instant colour and cheerfulness to any little corner of a room and I have designed the Mini Tutti Frutti Bunting with exactly that in mind.

With each little flag worked in two co-ordinating colours and with bobbles and beads galore, it cannot fail to make you smile!

tutti frutti bunting

The flags are worked in UK double crochet – the plain flags are edged in a co-ordinating colour and bobble top and the patterned flags are edged in the same colour but with a co-ordinating bobble top. Each little flag has a small tassel added as a finishing touch and I then threaded two beads between each flag when stringing them up.

My string of bunting has 11 flags and a total of 24 crocheted beads. This makes a string of bunting approx. 150cm long.

Tutti frutti bunting

MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton

I used Millamia Naturally Soft Cotton in 1 ball each of 2656 (Pink), 2793 (Apricot) and 2843 (Yellow) and I worked with a 2.5mm hook. You will also need a small amount of toy stuffing for the beads and some ribbon or string to hang your bunting.

To make a plain coloured flag:

Row 1: (RS) Chain 2 and work 3 DC in to the second chain. Chain 1 and turn. ( Right side )

Row 2: (WS) Work 3 DC, chain 1 and turn.

Tutti frutti bunting

Row 3: (RS) Work 2 DC in to both the first and the last stitch, 5sts. Chain 1 and turn.

tutti frutti bunting

Row 4: (WS) Work a row of 5 DC, chain 1 and turn.

Now continue working repeat rows of Row 3 and Row 4. All of your right side rows will be increase rows and all of your wrong side rows will a straight row of DC. Remember to chain 1 and turn at the end of each row.

Continue until you have increased to 29 stitches. Finish off at the end of this row.

Tutti frutti bunting

Now, with the right side facing you, join in your second colour at the top left hand corner of the flag and work down this side and up the next side in DC. Work 3 DC in to the point at the bottom of the flag. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Tutti frutti bunting

With the wrong side of your flag facing you, rejoin your second colour yarn at the top right hand corner of the flag with a Sl St. * To make the bobble in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up the loop three times. You will now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all the loops. Sl St in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, finishing with a Sl St. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Tutti frutti bunting

To make the patterned flag:

Row 1: (RS) Chain 2 and work 3 DC in to the second chain. Chain 1 and turn. (Right side)

Row 2: (WS) Work 3 DC, chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: (RS) Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and join in your second colour for the yarn over of the second DC. Work the next stitch in your second colour and yarn over with your first colour. Work 2 DC in to the last stitch. 5 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Tutti frutti bunting

Row 4: (WS) Work a row of DC, 5 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 5: (RS) Work 2 DC in to the first and last stitch, 7 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 6: (WS) Work a row of DC, 7 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 7: (RS) Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and join in your second colour for the yarn over of the second DC. Work the next stitch in your second colour and yarn over with your first colour. Work 3 DC in your main colour and yarn over on the third DC in your second colour. Work the next stitch in your second colour and yarn over with your first colour. Work 2 DC in to the last stitch. 9 sts. Chain 1 and turn. Do not finish off your second colour as you can loosely take this across the back of the flag for your next patterned row.

Row 8: (WS) Work a row of DC, 9 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 9: (RS) Row 5: (RS) Work 2 DC in to the first and last stitch, 11 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 10: (WS) Work a row of DC, 11 sts. Chain 1 and turn.

Now continue in this pattern (1 patterned row followed by 3 plain rows) until you have worked 6 patterned rows. With each patterned row your first 2 stitches will be in your main colour, the third stitch will be in the second colour and then you will have 3 stitches in your first colour between each coloured stitch. Each patterned row will end with 2 stitches in your main colour.

Tutti frutti bunting

Continue in your main colour until you have increased to 29 stitches. Do not finish off at this point but carry on around the edge of your flag in the same colour , working a border of DC. Work 3 DC in to the stitch at the point of the flag. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Tutti frutti bunting

With the wrong side of your flag facing you, rejoin your second colour yarn at the top right hand corner of the flag with a Sl St. * To make the bobble in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up the loop three times. You will now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all the loops. Sl St in to the next stitch*. Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, finishing with a Sl St. Finish off and sew in the ends.

Tutti frutti bunting

To make the tassel:

Cut a length of your yarn and using a needle loop the yarn through the hole at the point of the flag and around your finger several times to the length that you want your finished tassel to be. Use the same length of yarn to work around the tassel a few times and secure it at the top. Snip the loops at the bottom of the tassel and neaten up the ends if needs be.

tutti frutti bunting

To make the crochet beads:

tutti frutti bunting

Round 1: Make a Magic Ring and work 4 DC in to the ring.

Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch, 8 sts.

Round 3: Work 1 DC, then work 2 DC in to the next stitch, repeat 3 more times, 12 sts.

Round 4: Work a round of DC, 12 sts.

Round 5: Work 1 DC, decrease by working the next 2 stitches together, repeat two more times, stuff the bead with a small amount of stuffing,  DC 1, decrease by working the next 2 stitches together. Finish off leaving a long tail and use this to run a gathering thread through the remaining stitches to close the bead.

tutti frutti

Tutti frutti bunting

To join the bunting together:

Lay your flags and beads out in the pattern that you want them.

tutti frutti bunting

Using a needle and a thin ribbon join them together by threading the ribbon directly through the middle of each bead and along the top back edge of each flag.

tutti frutti bunting

tutti frutti bunting

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About the Author

Living just outside Bath, Kate is fortunate enough to be able to indulge two of her biggest loves -- living right in the middle of the countryside but within easy distance of retail therapy. When not working at her nursery school she loves nothing more than a day of pootling around, with crochet, sofa and tea being right at the top of the list.




One Response to Free Mini Tutti Frutti Bunting Tutorial!

  1. Cindy says:

    Thank you for being so kind and generous to share your pattern for free. This is the perfect bunting I’ve been looking for! Have a wonderful summer! Blessings to us all.

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