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Okay guys, let me drop a game changer on you: outdoor yarn. About two weeks ago Bernat let me in on a little secret and sent me a few balls of their NEW outdoor yarn, Bernat Maker Outdoor. It’s mold resistant and won’t fade in the sun. How cool is this?! I immediately got going on a project that, unfortunately, ended in total failure. However, I got a new, cuter idea to make crochet bike basket bunting and it turned out so adorable!
This outdoor yarn also has a good amount of stretch, so I am thinking it might make a really comfortable pair of sandals or slippers. Hmm…
I am also planning on adding a few bits of decor to our backyard so I have a few more ideas coming down the pipe. Having yarn that is fade resistant opens up a whole world of possibilities!
CROCHET BIKE BASKET BUNTING
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Gauge: (Gauge Pattern)
Crochet Bunting Triangle: (make 5)
1. Dc 12 into ring. Join. (12 sts)
2. Ch 2. *Dc in next 3 sts. [2 dc. ch 1. 2 dc] in next st.* work 2 times. Dc in next 3 sts. [3 Tr. Ch 1. 3 Tr] in next st. Join with first st. (27 sts)
3. Ch 1. Sc in next 5 sts. *[2 sc. ch 2. 2 sc] in ch space. Sc in next 7 sts.* work 2 times. [2 sc. ch 2. 2 sc] in ch space. Sc in next 3 sts. (40 sts)
Tie off, weave in ends.
Before constructing the bunting, I highly recommend blocking your triangles so they lay flat. You can spritz with a bit of water and lay them under a heaving book (protected with a cloth or towel) overnight, OR you can use the Chetnanigans Block board, which is a handy device that I use and love.
Bike Basket Bunting Construction:
Start with a long tail. Make a chain 33 ( you can adjust this amount to fit your basket). Attach first triangle by sl st into the ch sp on the top R corner. Sl st across the top of the triangle. When you get to the edge, ch 6. Attach next triangle. Repeat until you have attached all the triangles and the bunting is as long as you need. Finished with a ch 33.
Leave a long tail for tying.
If you like the crochet bunting just the way it is, then you can attach it to your basket now. I think it looks cut as-is.
If you want to add a bit extra flair, you can put tassel on a few (or all) of the bunting triangles. You can do this by cutting a few lengths of yarn and pulling them through the ends of each triangle.
Then, taking a second length and tie it around, making the lengths into a tassel.
Attaching the Bunting to your Basket:
To make the bunting stay in place, you will need to tie it in the back, and tie it up in between each triangle. Using a darning or yarn needle, thread a bit of yarn and push it through the basket near the top, going from the inside of the basket to the outside. Making sure you have caught the chains of the bunting, thread the yarn back through the basket and tie a cute bow or knot on the inside. Repeat for each space between the triangles.
Now you are ready to cruise in style!
And I am off the brainstorm some more ideas for this awesome outdoor yarn :)