How to get involved in Knitting for Victory

Lady holding up a triangle of knitted bunting with sign behind

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the WWII victory celebrations across the country. We are launching a campaign to commemorate these celebrations - by breaking the Guinness World record for the longest line of knitted bunting. And we'd like your help!

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.
Upton goes for the world record attempt for knitted bunting
Lady holding up a triangle of knitted bunting with sign behind

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

Cast off

Send us your completed bunting

Please send us your completed buting as soon as you are ready, so we can keep track of the progress. We would like all bunting to be recieved by 30 September 2016.

Please post your completed bunting with your name and contact details to:

The Bunting Co-odinators
National Trust Office
Upton House
Nr Banbury
Warwickshire
OX15 6HT

Please spread the word and get knitting. Best of British luck to you all!

Do let us know how you are getting on by posting photos of your progress on our facebook page! Like our page UptonhouseNT to check on progress and let us know how you are getting on.