Crochet pennant bunting featured

One of the crochet-along projects for the lovely members of The Crafternooners group on Facebook for August is bunting. Hanging up bunting triangles is so fun, whether its for a party or celebration or just as a decoration. It can fit in well in the living room, bedroom, garden, caravan or camper van, adding bit of colour and livening up an empty space or a dark corner.

I wanted to make bunting to match in with my living room colour scheme and to feed my need for duck egg blue and to complement my lovely Jo Grundy prints. I got these just before last Christmas having searched for pictures I really loved for this part of my living room wall. She produces lovely paintings and all sorts of printed items such as mats, coasters and hearts – search for Jo Grundy artist on Etsy UK to see what she has available at the moment…

Finished bunting with pics 6 Aug

When thinking about the new bunting design, I wanted the triangles to be plain blocks of colour and nicely tapered to contrast with a crochet flower motif. You can see above how my finished set of pennants turned out and how they look teamed with a larger, more flowery version of the small Crafternoon Treats flower.

You can also download a printable pattern for the large Crafternoon Treats flower:

Read on down this page and you will find a detailed tutorial on how to make the crochet triangles and how to assemble the crochet pennant flower bunting.

Materials you will need

  • Yarn: you can make these triangles and the flowers out of any DK or light worsted weight yarn you like. I used one ball of each (and had plenty left over) of Deramores own brand Studio DK in these colours:
    • Topaz (a pretty duck egg blue)
    • Mist (a silver grey)
    • Blue velvet (a darker blue with subtle grey tones)
    • Sky (a light blue)
  • I also used small amounts of Frost (white) and Citrine (yellow) for the flower centres
  • Crochet hook – I used a 3.75mm Soft Touch Clover Hook
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle for the ends

Stitches used

  • The main triangle of the pennant is made in half trebles (UK terms), half double crochets (US terms)
  • The border consists of double crochets and chains (UK terms), single crochets and chains (US terms)

I have a detailed tutorial on making the half treble stitch (UK terms; half double crochet or hdc for those who use US terms). You can also download a printable guide to the half treble.

Crochet pennants or crochet bunting triangles – the tutorial

Foundation chain

Make a slip knot and a foundation chain consisting of 27 chains.

Steps 1 and 2 free bunting tutorial Crafternoon Treats

Row 1

Make your first half treble in the third chain from your hook.

Steps 3 and 4 free bunting tutorial Crafternoon Treats

Continue making half trebles into the top of each chain stitch to the end of the row. This leaves two loops of the chain stitch at the base of your work.

You will have 26 stitches including your two turning chains.

Free bunting crochet pennant tutorial

Row 2

Make two turning chains and turn your work. You will then work into the next two stitches to form a decrease. This means working two stitches together to form only one.

To do this in a half treble, put your yarn around your hook and insert into the next stitch. Yarn over and pull through, leaving three loops on your hook. You then yarn over again and pull through two loops before inserting your hook into the next stitch of the row below. Yarn over and pull through so that you have four loops on your hook. Then pull through all four loops. You have combined two stitches into one.

After completing your decrease, you then  carry on with row 2, making a half treble into each stitch of row one, until you reach two stitches from the end…

Decrease half double crochet end of row 2 Free tutorial

Make a decrease half treble into the last two stitches then a single half treble into the top turning chain.

Row 2 will then be complete and you will have your first turning chains (counts as one stitch), a decrease (counts as one stitch), 21 half trebles, a decrease (counts as one stitch) and an htr into the turning chains (counts as one stitch). This gives you 25 stitches in total in row 2.

Overall, although you have made two decreases, one at each end of the row, you have also added a stitch by crocheting a half treble into the turning chains. Your triangle will have a more gentle taper by doing it this way – a long elegant triangle rather than a slightly fat and wide one.

Rows 3 to 22

Repeat row 2!

You will continue to decrease one stitch at the end of each row but your stitch count will reduce only by one each row (because of the extra stitch into the turning chains).

By the end of row 22 your triangle will look like this. It should  be an evenly shaped triangle without obvious holes or gaps at the edges because of the way you have made the decreases:

Bunting pennant end of row 22 Free tutorial

Your stitch count will have decreased by 1 stitch per row from 26 in row 1, so by row 22, you will have 5 stitches.

Row 23

Make 2 turning chains then turn your work. Then make two decreases into the four stitches that are left. You are now left with 3 stitches.

Row 24

Make 2 turning chains then turn you work. Make a decrease into the next 2 stitches and then fasten off.

Finished bunting pennant triangle Free tutorial

Adding a simple border

Choose one of your other colours to make a simple border around the two longer edges. Join at the top and then make 2 chains. Make one dc stitch separated by 4 chains down the first side, adding the dc stitch just above the ridge as shown below:

Bunting pennant triangle border Free tutorial

At the point, make 2 dc stitches then repeat and mirror the border up the other side.

When completed, your pennant bunting triangle should look like this:

Bunting pennant triangle finished Free tutorial

Assembling the bunting

For my pennant decoration I made two triangles in each colour and bordered them as follows:

  • Blue velvet – one bordered with topaz the other with sky
  • Mist – one bordered with topaz the other with sky
  • Topaz – one bordered with mist the other with sky
  • Sky – one bordered with mist the other with blue velvet

I then made large Crafternoon Treats flowers using the four same colours. You can find the detailed tutorial here. I made these 9 flowers in total:

  • Citrine, frost, blue velvet, topaz
  • Citrine, frost, mist, topaz
  • Citrine, frost, blue velvet, mist
  • Citrine frost, mist, sky
  • Citrine, frost, sky, topaz
  • Citrine, frost, topaz, blue velvet
  • Citrine, frost, sky, mst
  • Citrine, frost, topaz, sky
  • Citrine, frost, sky, blue velvet

Joining the pennants

To join I used the topaz yarn and started at one end of the first triangle, making half treble stitches across, continuing and joining each subsequent pennant until they were attached in a line.

Joining the crochet pennant bunting triangles at the top

Blocking the pennant triangles

You can block before or after joining. The point of blocking is to make sure each pennant triangle is exactly the same size and that the border is slightly separated from the main triangle for added definition.

For acrylic crochet items I block by pinning out onto a pillowcase onto my ironing board and then holding a steam iron 3cm or so above the crochet fabric. The heat from the steam ‘sets’ the fibres in the synthetic yarn so that they hold their shape once cooled.

Steam blocking the crochet pennant triangles

Be careful never to touch the crochet fabric with the iron as the acrylic will melt onto the iron. I use ball headed pins and an old iron so that if the hot plate does touch anything, it will be the pins, and it won’t matter. The iron isn’t used for ironing clothes so a few marks don’t hurt.

I also blocked the crochet flowers – not much difference but I felt it was worthwhile…

Impact of steam blocking on flower shape

Blocked Crafternoon Treats flowers

As you can see from the photo above, the finished flowers are very yummy. As well as putting them on bunting, you could use them in all sorts of places 🙂

The pennant triangles looked quite good too:

Crochet decrease used to make pennants

Attaching the Crafternoon Treats large flowers

I attached the flowers using the same colour yarn as the third round. Sewing into the back of only one of the popcorn petals, I put five or six stitches through the connection point of the triangles. This fixed the flower in place in between two of the pennants but left the flower free to take its own position when hanging on the wall.

Sewing flowers into place

Attaching connectors for mounting on the wall

Finally, behind the flower at each end of the bunting I attached a small ring. These are from my jewellery making but you can use any small ring – a tiny curtain ring, brass ring or even a small metal washer. You can use the rings to hang on a hook for fixing or to press into white-tac when putting onto a wall. This gives you the flexibility to move the bunting at a later date without making holes in the wall…

Connectors for the ends of the bunting fixing

The bunting has been up for a couple of days now and I love it!!!! I hope you find the tutorials easy to follow and I look forward to seeing your versions!

Quick reminder of the other links you might need…

You can also download a printable pattern for the large Crafternoon Treats flower:

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8 thoughts on “Crochet pennant bunting triangles step-by-step

  1. Kallie says:

    I love this so much I made it slightly smaller (starting with ch17) for bunting on an upcycled project for my dog (his birthday pressie). Everyone that has seen it has loved it! His new bed now has bunting that spells out his name.

  2. Ange Sisk Pettus says:

    Thanks for such a wonderfully written pattern. I used this pattern to make the symbol for the umbrella corporation from resident evil movies. I have a picture of my project if you would like to see it.

    • Crafternoon Treats says:

      Thanks Janet – I hope you enjoy doing it as much as I did. If anything isn’t clear let me know xxxx

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