The origin of buntingThe earliest bunting was made in the early1600s and seems to have been related to the flags used on a ship. On a navy ship, the sailor whose job it is to raise the flags is still referred to as a bunt. Bunting used to describe the material to make the flags – an individual triangular flag was called the tammy, a word derived from estamet, the French word meaning lightweight wool fabric. Over the centuries it has been used as a celebratory decoration at weddings and public events.
Crochet buntingBunting knitted by readers of Woman’s Weekly for the 2011 Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace – Ally Pally – in London inspired Lucy of the blog Attic24 to encourage her readers to make crochet bunting for Yarndale in Skipton in September 2013. See the bottom of this post for the video of the Woman’s Weekly bunting challenge! Lucy has an excellent tutorial for making granny bunting triangles and her recent article on the summer bunting she designed for Simply Crochet magazine. This video is 20 minutes long but it shows in detail how to make a bunting garland using sweet little crochet hearts.
Making fabric buntingThis is a great video tutorial from Bride de Force to show how to make fabric bunting.
Breaking records with knitted buntingThis report details how Woman’s Weekly set about breaking the record for the longest knitted bunting. Ever.
Want to make a crochet mandala instead?
I have a new tutorial series on YouTube that takes you through each round of this 18-round mandala, step-by-step and stitch by stitch.
The individual videos and their accompanying blog posts can be found here:
Part 1: Introduction – blog post
Part 2: How to crochet rounds 1-6 – blog post
Part 3: How to crochet rounds 7-12 – blog post
Part 4: How to crochet rounds 13-18 – blog post
Part 5: Blocking your crochet mandala – blog post