This fun cuddly bunting felted with butterflies and pompoms in soft vintage colours is perfect for decorating a new baby’s nursery. By Claire Garland.
- Set 5mm (US size 8)
- double-pointed needles
- 1 x 100g ball of M S Roving
- Wool in following colours:
- blue, pink, lilac and cream
- White, pink and grey felt
- Embroidery thread
- Pompom making set
1. Knit the bunting pennants following the pattern below:
Cast on 30sts onto one needle as follows:
Step 1: Hold needle with stitches in left hand.
Step 2: Hold 2 empty dpns parallel in right hand.
Step 3: Slip 1st cast on st purlwise onto the dpn closest to you and off the needle in the left hand, then slip the next cast on st onto the dpn furthest away and off the RH needle.
Repeat step 3 until all 30sts are divided onto the 2 parallel dpns, 15sts on the front dpn and 15sts on the back Slide sts to the other ends of the dpns, working yarn at back.
RS facing, cont working in the
rnd, beg by knitting the sts on the
back dpn – work sts over 2 dpns,
using a 3rd dpn to knit with.
Rnd 1: K30. Place marker.
Rnd 2: (dec) K1, sl1, kl, psso,
k9, k2tog, k1, k1, sl1, kl,
psso, k9, k2tog, k1. 26sts
(13 sts on each needle)
Rnds 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: K.
Rnd 4: (dec) K1, sl1, kl, psso,
k7, k2tog, k1, k1, sl1, kl,
psso, k7, k2tog, k1. 22sts
Rnd 6: (dec) K1, sl1, kl, psso,
k5, k2tog, k1, k1, sl1, kl,
psso, k5, k2tog, k1. 18sts
Rnd 8: (dec) K1, sl1, kl, psso,
k3, k2tog, k1, k1, sl1, kl,
psso, k3, k2tog, k1. 14sts
Rnd 10: (dec) K1, sl1, kl,
psso, k1, k2tog, k1, k1, sl1, kl,
psso, k1, k2tog, k1. 10sts
Rnd 12: (dec) K2, sl1, kl, psso,
k1, k2, sl1, kl, psso, k1. 8sts
Rnd 14: (dec) [Sl1, kl, psso,
k2tog] twice. 4sts
Rnd 16: (dec) Sl1, kl,
psso, k2tog. 2sts
Cut yarn, thread end through rem 2sts, pull up tight and secure end.
2. To felt the pennants, soak in reasonably hot water, then rub in a little hand soap. Wash out the soap then squeeze out the water. Rub each pennant in between your hands: as you do this the yarn will matt together to give you the felted look you are after – if the pennant is still very damp, rub it in between a tea towel. Keep checking the pennant for shape and re-moulding if necessary.
Continue rubbing and agitating until the pennant is quite dry and well felted, re-shaping one last time before placing on a radiator to dry.
3. Make a pompom from coloured yarn to finish each pennant.
Make a medium-sized pompom and sew to the base of the opposite the cast on edge).
4. Use the template to cut butterflies from the felt, one for each pennant. To sew the butterflies onto each pennant, work straight stitches through the middle of the butterfly to make the body, then stitch two long stitches onto the knitted fabric for the antennae.
5. To join the pennants simply thread the desired length of yarn through the cast on edge of each pennant leaving enough yarn at each end for hanging.