My Mother Culture

2016—A Year of Crochet Buntings

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Valentine’s Day (Feb):

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Hearts galore…this free pattern by Sarahndipities was easy to whip up and was adorable for display in February. I made hearts in two colors (fuchsia and turquoise) and alternated them when I chained them together.

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St. Patty’s Day (March):

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Shamrocks were my theme for March, so I used a green cotton yarn to work up these lucky darlings. Sarahndipities’ free pattern was sweet and simple, so once I crocheted the clovers, all I had to do was chain them together.  Next year, I might graduate to a four-leaf clover pattern for more of a challenge, but either way, a shamrock or 4-leaf clover both say luck o’ the Irish!

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When I finished the bunting, I made some extra shamrocks to pin on the boys and worked one into a little multi-chain headband for my girl. Cute, cute!

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Spring (April/May):

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April showers bring May flowers, so I wanted some blooms from my yarn stash too!  This Mini Flower Garland pattern by Silly Old Suitcase was a really fun project for which I used many, many colors from my yarn bin. Maintaining the second round in a consistent color (I chose white) was the recommended strategy for keeping many diverse colors and textures within the common theme.

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Summertime (June-Sept): 

I had HOPED to do a seashore inspired bunting this summer, but the fatigue of pregnancy #5 kept me disinterested.  Oh well… maybe next year?

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Halloween/Autumn (Oct/Nov):

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Scrappy happy pumpkins from the yarn stash patch! I modified this free pattern by Mrs. Micawber using various textures of yarn for the pumpkins and their stems, though I kept the same-sized needles and followed the directions as specified. Also, I plan to add some curlicues to the bunting chain for a vine effect. Will post a completed pic when I’m done!