Thursday, October 30, 2014

Finally, A Chart....

I found a little pattern on Ravelry this summer that I fell in love with.  It's called "Half Lotus Bunting".  I found it very challenging to figure out but I worked at it until I did.  I had mentioned in my Ravelry notes that I wanted to chart it for future reference.  Since then, I've gotten quite a few email and Ravelry messages, blog comments, and Instagram requests for the chart.  Seems that others are having trouble with the original pattern as well.

I got another message via Ravelry today and the sender was very frustrated at all of her failed attempts to figure out the pattern and asked when the chart might be available.  That finally got me to stop putting it off.  I grabbed some yarn, a hook, a pad of paper and pens, and my laptop to re-figure, re-write, and chart the pattern.

It was a lot of work!  But, so worth it because I'm thrilled to try to help others make this adorable bunting.  And, I'm sure I'll be happy I took the time to chart and re-write it when I decide to make another one.

I sure hope the designer doesn't mind that I did this.  I love her pattern and so appreciate that she shared it for free on Ravelry.  I just wanted to make it easier to follow and try to help others with it.

Here's a reminder of what this bunting looks like and the ones I've made...

This one is made with crochet thread and I added little tassels.
I love how it turned out.  I think I'll be putting it on one of my little Christmas trees.

This is one I made for my daughter.  It's made with Sugar 'n Cream yarn.
She loves it and so do her roommates.  That makes me so happy!  :-)

I made this one with Sugar 'n Cream and Handicrafter Cotton in Fall colors.
I love how it looks on my mantel!

Here it is....the chart.  It's my very first one.  They're not easy!  So, apologies for how it's a bit "wonky".  I hope it works and helps though.

I also took a photo of each finished row to help it all make sense.

Row 1

Row 2

Row 3

Row 4

Row 5

Row 6

Row 7

The re-write/revision may not be exactly as the designer designed it but it's the best I could figure.  If anyone has any questions or notices anything that needs to be fixed or changed, please let me know.  Here's the re-write...

Chain 9
1.       7 tc in 5th chain from hook, sl st in beginning chain – 9 tc posts

2.      Ch 3, turn, dc between first two stitches in previous row, *2 dc between each post of first row (repeat from * across), end row with 2 dc in last space – 8 pairs of 2 dc

3.       Ch 3, turn, dc in first dc and between next two stitches, *ch 4, skip 2 dc, sc in next space between stitches (repeat from * across), ch 4, dc in space between last two dc pair, dc in next to last dc and dc in third chain – 6 chain loops

4.       Ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, sc in each of the next 2 dc, sc in first chain loop, *ch 5, sc in next chain loop (repeat from *across), sc in each of the last two dc and third chain (3 dc) – 5 chain loops

5.       Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in each of next 3 sc, *ch 5, sc in next chain loop (repeat from * across), ch 5, sc in last four sc – 6 chain loops

6.      Ch 1, turn, sc in first sc and in each of next 3 sc, 3 sc in first chain loop, ch 6, *sc in next chain loop, ch 6 (repeat from * across), 3 sc in last loop, sc in each of last 4 sc – 5 chain loops

7.       Ch 1, sc in each of next 7 sc, *7 dc in next chain loop, dc in next sc (*2 times), 3 dc in third loop/center loop, ch 4, sc in fourth ch from hook, 3 dc in same/center loop, *dc in next sc, 7 dc in next chain loop (*2 times), sc in last 7 sc

8.       Ch 1 (for corner) and finish with single crochet stitches spaced evenly across the top.

9.      Give your bunting panels a nice finishing touch by gently stretching each one into shape and blocking with a steam iron.

10.   Connect panels together by making a chain (the length is up to you); single crochet across the top of first panel; chain (your choice of how many) between panels; continue for desired number of panels; end with another chain.  If you use thicker yarn (i.e. worsted), it looks great to turn and single crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way back across the bunting.  It makes the string a little thicker.        Enjoy!  

Here's another photo of the chart with the key to the symbols...

The chart and re-write/revision can also be found on my Ravelry project page.


judith said...

The charting looks as pretty as the finished product!

Quinn said...

This is the first crochet chart I've ever seen, and it sure is more colorful and prettier than the knitting charts I've used :)

Delighted Hands said...

Excellent job on the chart! I've read crochet charts for 30 years...I could 'see' this exactly as charted- you did it!

mamasmercantile said...

What a brilliant job you have done. The bunting is stunning.

Mereknits said...

You are brilliant my friend, perfect tutorial.

Cindie said...

Wow - this is going to be great for when I'm ready to start on my bunting which will hopefully be within the next couple of weeks. The cotton is bought just waiting for me to find time to start. I was worried about the directions - this is going to be a huge help - thank you!!!

Amy at love made my home said...

I think that your chart is a work of wonderment! It is very clever that you were able to do this and it will be a great help to people creating this I am sure. xx

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a gift you have to be able to crochet! The bunting is adorable!


Bev C said...


Thanks so much for the clear written instructions and graph. I usually follow patterns by a graph so this is wonderful.

Happy days.

Unknown said...

I was struggling with the original pattern just an hour ago then I found your blog post.
Thank you so much dear for making my life easier <3

Margot said...

Thank you for the chart!

Angela said...

Thank you for this chart! I can totally understand it, and I'm a beginner :) Would you share what stitch you used to create the "cord" that holds the pieces together? I'm so excited to make this for a friend's nursery!

white nectarine said...

A thousand blessings!

I am a beginner crocheter and thought this bunting would be an oh-so-sweet project after practicing (fairly boring) dishcloths and coasters. Instead I got very, very grumpy because I couldn't understand it.

Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and chart and progressive photos. I'm hopeful I'll be able to tackle this one now.

CopperKoi said...

Thanks for your colored chart - it's so much easier to follow! I love the look of this bunting, and it has a nice India-Buddhist feel to it. I'm looking forward to making some!

mila said...

That's beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it. I will give it a try... Greetings from Germany... Mila

Unknown said...

¡Thank you!Beautiful and easy.
Greetings from Bs.As,Argentina.

Robyn said...

THANK YOU for your chart. I am another crafter who could not figure out the pattern. Now I am a machine and have made a little red banner with 3 motifs and tassels on the cord to hang it, and 7 multicoloured ones too for another banner. it is SO sweet and I thank you again for the chart.

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful. Thanks for the picture tutorial. Do you mind if I translate this to Dutch on my website? I will ofcourse give you the credits and link to your website for the pictures.
Thanks for your reply.

Claudia/Ompompali said...

Thank you so much - this is perfect!

Susan Markley said...

What a great pattern! Thank you for taking the time. I'm making a beautiful bunting/prayer flag now.