Knitting for Victory - what's it all about
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory celebrations across the country. We launched a campaign to commemorate these celebrations - by breaking the Guinness World record for the longest line of knitted bunting. And we asked people to be involved.
Join the party
In 1946 Lord and Lady Bearsted returned home to Upton House after spending WWII in London serving their country. They held a ‘party to end all parties’ for their local community to mark the end of the war. There was a top London band, dancing and lots of bunting - all making for a wonderful celebration. So, to mark the end of Upton's wartime story, we want to fill the house with bunting - and we invite you to be part of it all.
Beating the record
The current record stands at 3,212.41m (10,539ft 4.58in); so we need to get knitting and we’d love as many people as possible to get involved!
The knitting dos and don’ts!
- You will need double knitting wool in red, white or blue (please keep to the shades of the Union Flag) and 4mm knitting pins.
- Bunting can be a single colour (red, white or blue) or a mixture of any of the 3 colours. You can add a knitted pattern to your bunting if you like, but please do not use stocking stitch (one row plain, one row purl) as it makes bunting that is too curly!
- Once you have knitted your bunting, you can leave it plain or decorate it with embroidery (hand or machine) or applique.
- The bunting must be no longer than 8 inches across the top, and no longer than 9 inches down the side.
Bunting knitting pattern
Cast on 2 stitches
*Knit 3 rows in garter stitch (knit all rows)
Next row and every following 4th row: Increase 1 stitch at each end of the row*
Repeat these 4 rows from * to * until there are 40 stitches
Knit 1 row
(K2tog, M1) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2 tog
Knit 1 row
The deadling for posting in bunting was 30 September 2016.
The deadline for sending your bunting contributions has now passed. We are in the final stages of putting together all the bunting you have kindly sent us.