Camp Loopy Bunting

There are a lot of things that come to mind when people think about Camp. Like hiking, campfires, swimming, singing, stories, and that blasted person who plays Reveille at way-too-early-o-clock in the morning. (Go ahead and click on the “sound” link on that Wiki page. It will transport you RIGHT back to early morning camping. Ugh.) Another thing that I think of when I think of camp? Flags. Not just the good ol’ USA flag, but special camp flags.

We definitely needed a Camp Loopy flag. But instead of making it up to depict the Camp Loopy logo (which would be cute, but not useful), I decided that a multi-colored bunting would be a lot more fun and a lot more practical. I picked three of my favorite colors from Cascade 220 (8895, 8505, and 8908 ) and doodled up a quick pattern for you. You can find it on the Free Patterns link over there in the right hand column of my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

I knit it so that the flags were spread out a bit. I like it this way because we have a fence in the back yard and I like looping the rope-y part behind the posts. However, you can also knit it so that all of the bunting flags line up continuously together. Just delete the spacing between them, when knitting up the pattern.

Other ideas for this pattern:

– do it up in holiday colors (Halloween? Valentine’s Day? Christmas?) and string it along a fireplace mantel.

– ditto for seasonal colors, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. It would also look cute looped around a chandelier (away from the bulbs, of course).

– do it up in nursery colors and decorate a baby’s wall or shelves.

– do it up in multiple colors and use it for all family birthday celebrations.

– do it up in your favorite colors and use it in your craft/knitting corner. That’s what I’m doing with the set that I knit here.

They’re quick and easy to knit and it’s fun to come up with different color combinations. Got any color combo ideas you want to share?

Sheri whoalsowantsoneoftheseinautumncolors

26 comments

  1. The flags can also be embellished with intarsia designs, or use iron-on or sew on patches, like cute little animals for the nursery if you want a permanent design. Otherwise, just pin them on so they can be changed periodically. Keep a set of reusable felt letters to spell out the names of your family members for birthdays, or messages like “Bon Voyage” or “Good Luck”. You’ll be sure to use the bunting over and over again if you plan a little versatility into it.

  2. I’ve done shaped double knitting before, so it would be really cool to do reversible buntings with pictures on them. Very cool! (Is bunting going to be project two?)

  3. Love, love the bunting. Are these the “official” camp colors? or can we make up our own? I want purple and lime for my camp. Thanks for the pattern, I will try to get some done before camp is over.

  4. What a cute idea!! So many possible uses…hmmm

    Have to tell you where I visited—-String Theory Yarn Shop in Blue Hill, Maine. What a great place!! They own an historic home out in the woods—home has been restored, but so much is original. It has a wonderful warm and welcoming atmosphere, BEAUTIFUL yarn—love, love it!! Met Karen–so nice! Love all their yarn—had to buy a few skeins, and want many more! It was amazing, wish I could have spent the whole day there! If you are ever in Maine, and I recommend it!, be sure to go visit them. What a treat!

  5. I could see them in team colors for favorite major league team, college, high school sports teams. If we are going to embellish a bit, I think one of Barbara Walker’s treasuries had patterns for textural things like castles & dragons??

  6. I just finished my first Camp Loopy project (pictures to come), and was wondering what my next project should be (while waiting for project 2!)… the flags are the cutest, greatest idea! I love the pattern. Thanks for sharing it! I think I will do them in Red, White and Blue and hang them up for the 4th!

  7. Sheri – OMG I’m wondering how big these are? And if I’m biting off more than I can chew by adding them to my wedding knitting queue? I am so dumbfounded!

  8. These are just way too cute, and so “green”–won’t be destroyed like paper ones, so you can reuse them. I would make the “rope” with i-cord, since I consider i-cord to be magical. (How does it work? I DON’T KNOW! But it DOES! Magic!) I’m one of the few people who would be happy to make a ton of it. You could add letters with all kinds of methods, too. Love it!

  9. Cute! I’m thinking these might be great for sock yarn leftovers. I was just looking at Project One’s gallery. Wow, there are so many awesome projects in there already.

  10. I wish I could knit more quickly than I do, because I would love to make some red, white and blue ones for the holiday weekend! Sigh!

    I guess I will have to content myself with some Halloween ones and perhaps red and green for Christmas too.

    These are a lovely idea, so thanks for sharing the pattern with us!!

  11. Hmmm. Might have to make this in Green and Gold for Australia Day next year. With appropriate animals on ’em! Would be a fun project for littlies to put together.

  12. I saw a pattern for nautical flags in a magazine some time ago, but I love your little Camp Loopy banner much better. Thank you for sharing this; I plan on copying the pattern and making some.

  13. I love those flags!! Will be making them for a trip to a beach house for niece and nephews. Also want a string for the front yard spruce! What a great idea, Sheri. As if you aren’t busy enough with packing to move, you still made up a great new pattern!! You are Wonder Woman, for sure.

  14. These are perfect for decorating my little cottage for the seasons. I’ve already gone through the Cascade color list and picked out 84,000 colors I HAVE to have….! I think I’ll start with Fall colors and work my way up to Christmas and Winter colors. Thanks for doing the hard work and creating the pattern. I dabble myself in writing patterns and it’s not all that easy.

  15. Being from Wisconsin, and being a Green Bay Packers fan and a Milwaukee Brewers fan, I would have to make these in the team colors, and use the flags to decorate the area when we go tailgating before the games! Great idea Sheri, thanks for the pattern 🙂

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