Sea­sonal bunting

Deck those halls and get ready to be jolly with Ann Franklin’s fun and fes­tive bunting.

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The ul­ti­mate fes­tive wel­come.

Ann Franklin “A few years ago I made a ‘Merry Christ­mas’ ban­ner "om card. This year I de­cided to make a knit­ted ver­sion - I’m re­ally pleased with how it turned out!”

YOU WILL NEED

Red Heart, Lisa DK (100% acrylic, 50g/133m), 1 ball of each:

Yarn A Fire (207)

Yarn B Fern (5689)

Yarn C Gold (134)

A pair of 3mm nee­dles

Sewing thread to match each colour

5m of red and white baker’s twine

55x7mm jump rings

A stitch holder

A ta­pes­try nee­dle

A sewing nee­dle

For yarn stock­ists con­tact LoveKnit­ting 0845 544 2196 www.loveknit­ting.com

TEN­SION

Yarn used knits as DK to this ten­sion: 24 sts and 48 rows to mea­sure 10x10cm (4x4in) over g st us­ing 3mm nee­dles

MEA­SURE­MENTS

Each let­ter is ap­prox­i­mately 13cm (5in) tall

ABBREVIATIONS

For a full list see page 95 Say it with knit­ting! Whether it’s above the man­tel or wel­com­ing you in the hall­way, spread fes­tive cheer with this sea­sonal bunting. Each let­ter is made up of sep­a­rate pieces that are joined to­gether by knit­ting across the tops of them. Dis­play them across a string of baker’s twine or for that ex­tra spe­cial touch, get a lit­tle bit of tin­sel in­volved!

Note Each of the let­ters that make up the bunting is knit­ted in garter stitch (knit ev­ery row). As many of the let­ters in­volve knit­ting in sec­tions, you may find it use­ful to use a row counter. A marker may also be help­ful to iden­tify RS and WS rows. Although you can use a cast-on method of your choice, de­signer Ann Franklin rec­om­mends the use of the cro­chet cast on for this project, as the cast- on edge more closely mir­rors the cast- off edge. The first row is the right side for ev­ery let­ter.

LET­TER ‘M’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN A & ONE IN YARN C)

FIRST SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A or C and 3mm nee­dles. Knit 40 rows. Break off the yarn and leave the sts to one side.

SEC­OND SEC­TION

Cast on 2 sts us­ing Yarn A or C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3 Kfb twice. [4 sts]

Row 4 Knit.

Row 5 Kfb, knit to last st, kfb. [6 sts]

Row 6 Knit.

Re­peat Rows 5 & 6 un­til 16 sts are on the nee­dle, end­ing with a Row 6. Break off the yarn and leave the sts to one side.

THIRD SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A or C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 40 rows.

JOIN THE SEC­TIONS

Knit across the 10 sts of the Third Sec­tion, the 16 sts of the Sec­ond Sec­tion, and the 10 sts of the First Sec­tion. [36 sts] Knit 5 rows on th­ese 36 sts.

Next row K16, k2­tog, turn. [17 sts] Work­ing on th­ese 17 sts only, knit 1 row.

Next row Knit to the last 2 sts, k2­tog. [16 sts]

Next row Knit.

Re­peat the last 2 rows un­til 11 sts re­main, end­ing on the WS.

Cast off.

With the RS fac­ing, re-join the yarn to the re­main­ing 18 sts.

Next row K2­tog, knit to end. [17 sts]

Next row Knit.

Re­peat the last 2 rows un­til 11 sts re­main, end­ing on the WS.

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘E’

(MAKE 1 IN COLOUR B) Cast on 30 sts us­ing Yarn B and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 16 rows.

Row 17 Cast off 20 sts, knit to end. [10 sts]

Knit 7 rows.

Row 25 Cast on 10 sts, knit to end. [20 sts]

Knit 11 rows.

Row 37 Cast off 10 sts, knit to end. [10 sts]

Knit 7 rows.

Row 45 Cast on 18 sts, knit to end. [28 sts] Knit 15 rows.

Cast off all sts.

LET­TER ‘R’

(MAKE ONE IN EACH COLOUR –YARN A, YARN B &YARN C)

FIRST SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A, B or C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 20 rows.

Break off the yarn and leave the sts to one side.

SEC­OND SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A, B or C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3 K2­tog, knit to the last st, kfb. Row 4 Knit.

Re­peat last 2 rows 8 times. (20 rows worked in to­tal on this sec­tion).

JOIN SEC­TIONS

Row 21 Work across the sts of the Sec­ond Sec­tion as fol­lows: Kfb, knit to last st, kfb, knit across 10 sts of First Sec­tion. [22 sts]

Row 22 Knit to last st, kfb. [23 sts]

Row 23 Kfb, knit to end of row. [24 sts]

Row 24 Knit to last st, kfb. [25 sts]

Re­peat Row 23 & 24 once more. [27 sts]

Row 27 Kfb, knit to end of the row. [28 sts]

Row 28 Knit.

Re­peat Rows 27 & 28 twice more. [30 sts] Knit 4 rows.

Row 37 K11, cast off 9 sts, knit to the end of the row. [21 sts]

Work­ing on the next 10 sts only: Knit 7 rows.

With RS fac­ing, cast on 9 sts, then break off the yarn and leave th­ese 19 sts on a holder.

With WS fac­ing, re-join the yarn to rem 11 sts. Knit to the end of row.

Work­ing on th­ese 11 sts only:

Next row Knit to last 2 sts, k2­tog. [10 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Next row Knit to last st, kfb. [11 sts]

Knit 1 row.

Re-join the two sides of the let­ter as folls:

K11, then, with RS fac­ing, knit across 19 sts from the holder. [30 sts]

Knit 5 rows.

Next row K2­tog, knit to the end of the row. [29 sts]

Next row Knit.

Re­peat the last 2 rows 4 times. [25 sts]

Cast off all sts.

LET­TER ‘Y’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN B)

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn B and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 32 rows.

Row 33 Kfb, knit to the last st, kfb. [12 sts]

Row 34 Knit. Re­peat the last 2 rows 4 times. [20 sts]

Row 43 Kfb, K7, k2­tog, turn.

Work­ing on th­ese 10 sts only:

Knit 1 row.

Row 45 Kfb, K7, k2­tog, turn.

Row 46 Knit. Re­peat the last 2 rows 7 times.

Cast off.

With RS fac­ing, re-join the yarn to the re­main­ing sts.

Next row K2­tog, K7, kfb.

Next row Knit.

Re­peat the last 2 rows 8 times.

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘C’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN C)

Cast on 20 sts us­ing Yarn C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3 Kfb, knit to the last st, kfb. [22 sts]

Row 4 Knit.

Re­peat last 2 rows 4 times. [30 sts]

Knit 6 rows.

Row 19 K11, cast off 7 sts, knit to the end of the row.

Work­ing on the first 12 sts only:

Row 20 Knit.

Row 21 K2­tog, knit to end. [11 sts]

Re­peat Rows 20 & 21. [10 sts] Knit 15 rows.

Row 39 Knit to last st, kfb. [11 sts]

Row 40 Knit.

Re­peat Rows 39 & 40 once more. [12 sts] With RS fac­ing, cast on 7 sts.

Leave th­ese 19 sts on a holder.

With WS fac­ing, re-join the yarn to the re­main­ing 11 sts.

Knit 1 row.

Next row Knit to the last 2 sts, k2­tog. [10 sts] Knit 5 rows.

Cast off.

TOP RIGHT-HAND SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 5 rows.

Row 6 Kfb, knit to end. [11 sts]

JOIN THE SEC­TIONS

Knit across the 11 sts on the nee­dle, then the 19 sts from the stitch holder. [30 sts] Knit 7 rows.

Next row K2­tog, knit to the last 2 sts, k2­tog. [2 sts dec’d]

Next row Knit.

Re­peat the last 2 rows 4 times. [20 sts]

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘H’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN A)

FIRST SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 20 rows.

With RS fac­ing, cast on 10 sts, then leave th­ese 20 sts on a holder.

SEC­OND SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 20 rows.

JOIN SEC­TIONS

Knit 10 sts, then the 20 sts from a

holder. [30 sts] Knit 19 rows.

Next row K10, cast off 10 sts, knit to end.

Work­ing on the last 10 sts only:

Knit 19 rows.

Cast off.

With WS fac­ing, re-join yarn to the re­main­ing 10 sts.

Knit 19 rows.

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘I’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN C)

Cast on 16 sts us­ing Yarn C and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 10 rows.

Cast off 3 sts at the be­gin­ning of the next 2 rows. [10 sts]

Knit 36 rows.

Cast on 3 sts at the be­gin­ning of the next 2 rows. [16 sts]

Knit 10 rows.

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘S’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN A & ONE IN YARN B)

Cast on 25 sts us­ing Yarn A or B and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 2 rows.

Row 3 Kfb, knit to end of row. [26 sts]

Row 4 Knit.

Re­peat last 2 rows 4 times. [30 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Row 16 Cast off 19 sts, knit to the end of the row. [11 sts]

Row 17 Knit to the last 2 sts, k2­tog. [10 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Row 21 Knit to the last st, kfb. [11 sts]

Row 22 Knit.

Row 23 Knit.

Row 24 Cast on 14 sts at the be­gin­ning of the row. [25 sts]

Knit across all 25 sts.

Row 25 Knit to the last st, kfb. [26 sts]

Row 26 Knit.

Re­peat Rows 25 & 26 once. [27 sts]

Row 29 K2­tog, knit to the last st, kfb.

Row 30 Knit.

Re­peat Rows 29 & 30 twice.

Row 35 K2­tog, knit to the end of the row. [26 sts]

Row 36 Knit.

Re­peat Rows 35 & 36. [25 sts]

Row 39 Cast off 14 sts, knit to end of the row. [11 sts]

Row 40 Knit to the last 2 sts, k2­tog. [10 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Row 44 Knit to the last st, kfb. [11 sts]

Knit 2 rows.

Turn, with RS fac­ing, cast on 17 sts. [28 sts]

Knit 6 rows.

Row 53 Knit to the last st, k2­tog. [27 sts]

Row 54 Knit.

Re­peat last 2 rows rows 3 times. [24 sts]

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘T’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN B)

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn B and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 40 rows.

Cast on 10 sts at the be­gin­ning of the next 2 rows. [30 sts]

Knit 18 rows.

Cast off.

LET­TER ‘A’

(MAKE ONE IN YARN A)

FIRST SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 4 rows.

Row 5 Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, k2­tog.

Knit 3 rows.

Re­peat the last 4 rows twice.

Turn to RS and cast on 10 sts. [20 sts]

Leave th­ese 20 sts on a holder.

SEC­OND SEC­TION

Cast on 10 sts us­ing Yarn A and 3mm nee­dles.

Knit 4 rows.

Row 5 K2­tog, knit to last st, kfb.

Knit 3 rows.

Re­peat the last 4 rows twice.

JOIN SEC­TIONS

Row 17 K2­tog, knit to end of the row, K18, k2­tog across 20 sts left on stitch holder. [28 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Row 21 K2­tog, knit to the last 2 sts, k2­tog. [26 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Re­peat the last 4 rows twice. [22 sts]

Row 33 K2­tog, K6, cast off 6 sts, K5, k2­tog, turn.

Work­ing on the first 7 sts only:

Knit 1 row.

Row 35 Kfb, knit to end of row. [8 sts]

Row 36 Knit.

Row 37 Kfb, knit to last 2 sts, k2­tog.

Row 38 Knit.

Row 39 Kfb, knit to end of row. [9 sts]

Row 40 Knit.

Leave th­ese stitches on a holder.

With WS fac­ing, re-join the yarn to the sec­ond set of 7 sts.

Knit 1 row.

Next row Knit to the last st, kfb. [8 sts]

Knit 1 row.

Next row K2­tog, knit to the last st, kfb.

Next row Knit.

Next row Knit to the last st, kfb. [9 sts]

Knit 1 row.

RE-JOIN SEC­TIONS

Next row K2­tog, knit across all sts ex­cept the last 2 sts of the row, k2­tog. [16 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Next row K2­tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2­tog. [14 sts]

Knit 3 rows.

Re­peat the last 4 rows, 3 times.

Cast off.

TO MAKE UP

For all let­ters, fas­ten off all ends neatly. Mak­ing sure that you have the WS fac­ing you, sew jump rings just be­low the top edge of each let­ter, en­sur­ing that you have one jump ring on each sec­tion’s ends, and adding ad­di­tional jump rings where there is a gap larger than 5cm. For the let­ters E, C and S, us­ing a match­ing sewing thread, link the hor­i­zon­tal sec­tions of the let­ters with a dou­ble strand of thread, mak­ing sure that the sec­tions are ly­ing in the cor­rect po­si­tion to form the let­ters cor­rectly. Thread the baker’s twine through the jump rings, mak­ing sure that the let­ters are spaced evenly, and that the colour pat­tern ( ABCABC, etc) is ob­served. Once you are happy with the po­si­tion of the let­ters, sew one or two jump rings of each let­ter to the twine to hold the let­ters in place.

NEXT MONTH BRING BED­TIME STO­RIES TO LIFE WITH ANN FRANKLIN’S FIN­GER PUP­PETS. IS­SUE 166 HITS THE SHOPS FRI­DAY 10 NOVEM­BER 2017.

ing Have fun knitt ter with easy gar stitch and classic Christ­mas colours!

MEET OUR DE­SIGNER

EASY TO KNIT

Each let­ter is worked in garter stitch, cre­at­ing a dense but flex­i­ble fab­ric.

G ST

DK

3MM

Match your cast-on and cast-off edges by us­ing the cro­chet cast on.

‘T’ is easy peasy! Knit one block and then work the top of the ‘T’ across that block.

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