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CHANGEABLE RAINBOW BABY BUNTING

click here for the Preemie Springtime Bunting pattern

Opened flat, it's a pad to lay the baby on. Tied with ribbons or buttoned up, it's a bunting! It has a cushiony solid-color center with colorful contrast edging. Pattern is written for the rainbow version but here are some ideas for variations:

Angel bunting - all white or white with gold or iridescent trim

Strawberry shortcake bunting - white with pink/red trim

Patriotic bunting - white with red/blue trim

Lucky baby bunting - white with Kelly green trim

Blueberry bunting - light blue with purple/dark blue trim

Springtime bunting - pastel with spring colors trim

Summer sunshine bunting - white with sunny yellow/orange trim

Watermelon bunting - pink with red/green/black trim

Christmas bunting - white with red/green trim

Materials:

8 oz. knitting worsted (Red Heart Super Saver used for model)  white or choice of color 

Small amounts contrast colors for trim (yellow, orange, red, blue, purple for rainbow version)

10 yds. 1/4" satin ribbon, or buttons, or crocheted ties for closures

Size I hook

Finished size: approx. 22"x27" opened flat, 22"x13" folded (for smaller

babies/preemies use thinner yarn and smaller hook)

Gauge: 2-1/2 shells = 4", 7 rows = 4"

 

Instructions:

Row 1: With I hook and white, ch 86. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) in next ch, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across (14 shells).

Row 2: Turn. Ch 4 (counts as first dc & ch), dc in 1st sc, *sc in middle dc of next group, (dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) in next sc, rep from * across, ending (dc, ch1, dc) in last sc.

Row 3: Turn. Ch 1, sc in first dc, *(dc, ch1, dc, ch1, dc) in next sc, sc in middle dc of next group, rep from * across, ending sc in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.

Repeat Rows 2 & 3 until pad measures approx. 18" from beginning. Fasten off white. Turn pad upside down and work on opposite side of starting chain.

Edging:

Rnd 1: Join white in approximate center stitch of beginning chain, ch 1, sc in same st, sc evenly around entire pad with 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st to beg sc, fasten off.

Rnd 2: Join first contrast color (CC) (yellow), DO NOT TURN, ch 1, sc around with 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st to beg sc, fasten off.

Rnd 3: Join second CC (orange), TURN, ch 1, sc around with 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st, fasten off.

Rnd 4 (buttonhole round): Join third CC (red), TURN. On this round you make small buttonholes evenly around the entire edging, every 6 to 8 sts, being sure to place a buttonhole at each corner. For buttonhole: ch2, skip 2 sc, *sc in next 6 or 8 sc, ch 2, skip 2 sc, rep from * around. (Buttonholes are used later depending on how you decide to fasten the bunting, but are small enough not to show if left unused). Join with sl st to first sc, fasten off.

Rnd 5: Join fourth CC (blue), TURN, ch 1, sc in ea sc around, placing 2 sc in each buttonhole and 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st, fasten off.

Rnd 6: Join fifth CC (purple), TURN, ch 1, sc in ea sc around with 3 sc in each corner. Join with sl st, fasten off. Weave in all ends.

Finishing: Place pad on table with shorter lengths at sides. Fold each side to the middle to form bunting. Decide how you want to close the front. NOTE: MAKE SURE ALL RIBBONS, TIES OR BUTTONS ARE FASTENED SECURELY. Lengths of ribbon or crocheted ties can be attached to buttonholes on both sides of front opening. A longer length of ribbon or crocheted chain threaded through buttonholes at the lower edge form a drawstring to close it. Or sew on flat buttons to one side of front and lower openings. Ribbon could be threaded around the upper portion to form a hood, or the top can be left open to form a collar and padding for baby's head. If you want to use it as a blanket, untie or unbutton all fastenings and lay it flat. If you want to use it only as a bunting, slip stitch crochet fronts and back together across the bottom so it remains closed. That's why it's named the Changeable RAINBOW Baby Bunting!

Pattern and photos Kathy North, Designs by KN
Copyright 2003 Designs by KN

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