As requested by http://themeepingkoala.wordpress.com/ I am sharing my granny bunting pattern.
I decided to do it as a tutorial.
As a general guide: I used Rico Essentials Cotton nominal DK [US 8ply] (but to my mind a little thinner) and a 4mm [US no. 6] hook to make bunting triangles about 4 inches (10cm) each side. But obviously you could use any yarn and an appropriate sized hook.
I started with a magic circle.
Then made 3 chain (ch) as a starting treble [US dc].
I will describe in full making the first treble [US dc]
Yarn round hook
Hook through magic circle loop
Pull a loop of yarn through to give three loops on hook.
Then pick up a loop of yarn
and pull through two loops nearest hook to give.
Pull yarn through last two loops and you have a completed treble (tr) [US dc].
Work another tr [US dc] into the loop and you get the first of your ‘granny’ three treble [US dcs] group.
You then need to make 3 ch for the corner
and another 3 trs [US dcs] into the loop.
You have the first corner.
Then you work another 3 ch for your second corner
followed by another 3 trs ([US dcs] into the loop.
Then work 3 ch
and draw the loose end tight to close the loop.
You now work a slip stitch to close the round by inserting the hook into the third of the starting three chains
and pulling a loop of thread through the stitch and the loop on the hook.
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If I was changing colour at this point I would join a new colour before the slip stitch thus:
I would tie in the new yarn (I show the knot loose so it is easier to see but I would in fact pull it tight.)
Then pull the new yarn through the stitch and loop on hook.
To give –
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I have my own way of starting a new round for a granny square, circle or triangle which is the following.
I pull the loop out to make it larger
Then I pull it through the corner from back to front.
so it is the right size to start making stitches in the middle of the corner.
I then make the starting 3 ch tr [or US dc] equivalent.
followed by 2 trs [US dcs].
This completes half a corner. Between corners I use 1 ch to separate the groups of trs [US dcs].
Now we work the next corner but making 3 trs [US dcs] into the corner on the previous round.
followed by 3 ch
and a further 3 trs [US dcs] into the same corner gap.
Now we work into the next corner in the same way making – 1ch, 3trs [US dcs], 3 ch, 3trs [US dcs].
And we finish the last corner by working 1 ch followed by 3trs [US dcs] into the corner.
then 3 ch.
And joining with a slip stitch (sl st) as before.
For the next round the corners are worked in the same way but in the 1 ch gap between corners we work 3trs [US dcs] separating the 3tr [US dc] groups by 1ch, but still using 3ch for the corners as before.
This process can be continued as long as you wish depending on how big you want the bunting.
Each round has three corners with one extra 3 tr [US dc] group for the third row, two for the fourth, three for the fifth and so on………………
Here I show you a chart for the five rows that I used for mine.
As in my previous post
The triangles tend to be a little rounded so to make them more crisply triangular it is a good idea to pin then out and iron them. I used a little spray starch with mine as I was using a cotton yarn.
I found the easiest way to join them into bunting was to take two strands of the cotton yarn and make a chain. After a few inches I slip stitched into the corner of a triangle then proceeded thus:
sl st into corner, 3ch, then repeated (sl st between groups, 3ch) until I reached the last corner when I did another sl st and then a few chain (5 I think) before slip stitching into the corner of the next triangle.
Ans so my bunting was complete.