Hi there, friends!
I’m so excited to share with you the written version of my most popular video pattern to date, my Lemon Bunting motif!
A couple of months ago, I caved to the cuteness of curated tiered trays and bought my first tray to decorate for this summer. I loved all the lemon things I had been seeing and knew that lemons were going to be the first theme for this tray. My friend Alanna of Alanna’s Design Studio and I were partners for a trade group and we discovered we were both doing lemon themes, so I decided to make us both a lemon mini-bunting for our trays, check out my tray below…she made the cute mini rolling pin, mini cutting board and sign! After so much positive feedback on the bunting that I decided to make it a video pattern, and I’m happy to say that I have FINALLY gotten it written up to share with those of you wishing for the written pattern.
The best thing about this little lemon is that it is made of only basic stitches, only single, half double, and double crochets, slip stitches, and chains! The trickiest thing is the magic circle/ring, but I’ve got you covered with a photo and video tutorial for that here.
I hit up my local Hobby Lobby for some of their I Love This Cotton yarn in the color Curry and Olive. It’s a soft but strong worsted weight (CYC 4) cotton yarn that comes in so many pretty colors, I just know you’ll like it!
Lemon Bunting Motif Crochet Pattern
by Hooks, Books, & Wanderlust
The first thing to note about this pattern is that it is written for a SINGLE lemon. You can take the yarn requirements and multiply that however many times you need for the number of lemons you want. For my mini-bunting, I made four lemons total, but you can do however many you want!
Since I went ahead and wrote up the pattern for the blog, I went ahead and made up a PDF version as well. The PDF features the full written pattern with notes and helpful tips and tricks, full-color supplemental photos, a step by step photo tutorial and linked video tutorial for the magic circle/ring, a consolidated pattern stripped down to just round instructions for more experienced crocheters and a handy stitch chart. Find the PDF version in my Etsy and Ravelry stores.
- Color A (lemon): 6 yards (5.5 m) CYC 4 worsted weight cotton yarn, shown in Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Curry
- Color B (leaf and stem): 2 yards (2 m) CYC 4 worsted weight cotton yarn, shown in Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton in Olive
- Hook: 4mm / G
- Stitch marker (optional) – WeCrochet offers lots of fun options here!
- Tapestry needle
- Ribbon or string for hanging, shown in a 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)
- Magic Ring / Circle – find my photo and video tutorial here
- Chain (ch)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Single Crochet Increase (sc inc) – work two single crochets into the same place
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Half Double Crochet Increase (hdc inc) – work two half double crochets into the same place
- Double Crochet (dc)
Approximately 4.5” Long x 2.75” Wide (11.5 cm Long x 7 cm Wide)
- This pattern is written in US Standard terms and is classified as Advanced Beginner
- Adjusting Size: alter for size or tension by going up or down a hook size or using a different weight of yarn
- Chain stitches at the beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch
- The word “increase” means to work 2 stitches into the same location.
- Yarn requirements and instructions are based on a single lemon with a matching leaf and stem.
- Make as many lemons for your bunting as you like! I made 4 for mine, strung on a 26” (66 cm) long ribbon
- Pattern Video: There is a supplemental video for this pattern that shows how to make this pattern from start to finish. You can find it here.
- Printable PDF: If you’d prefer, you can find a convenient, printable PDF version of this pattern, including an in-document photo tutorial for the Magic Ring / Magic Circle with linked video tutorial, the full written pattern with all supplemental photos as well as a consolidated pattern for more experienced crocheters, PLUS a helpful stitch chart for visual reference – available in the paid pattern only – visit my Etsy and Ravelry shops!
The instructions below are intended to allow you to make ONE lemon with a matching leaf and stem. Feel free to make as many or as few as you want for your bunting! A video showing how to make this pattern from start to finish is available below with the written pattern following.
PART 1: LEMON
The lemon body will be worked in joined rounds, no turning. Chain stitches at the beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch. Round by round photos can be found at the end of this section. Stitch counts can be found in ( ) at the end of round instructions.
Make a magic ring.
NOTE: To jump back to the Magic Ring tutorial, click here. Alternatively, you can chain 3 and slip stitch to the first chain to form a circle to work into.
R1: Ch 1, 6 sc into magic ring, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (6)
R2: Ch 1, sc inc in each stitch around, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (12)
PRO TIP: The word “increase” means to work 2 stitches into the same location. In this case, you will work 2 single crochets into each of the stitches from the previous round.
R3: Ch 1, *sc, sc inc in next, repeat from * around, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (18)
PRO TIP: When you see * in a set of instructions, it indicates a set of instructions you are supposed to repeat. You will be told how many times to repeat those instructions before moving on to the next instruction in that row/round. In this case, you will be working a single crochet into the first stitch, then an increase into the next, repeating that across each subsequent pair of stitches from the previous round.
R4: Ch 1, *sc 2, sc inc in next, repeat from * around, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (24)
PRO TIP: When you see a number come AFTER stitch instruction, it means you will work that stitch in each of the next indicated number of stitches. In this case, you will be working a single crochet into the first and second stitches, then an increase into the third, repeating that across each subsequent trio of stitches from the previous round.
R5: Ch 1, sc 2, sc inc next, sc 4, sc inc next, sc 2, sc inc next, sc 3, sc inc next, sc 4, sc inc next, sc 2, sc inc next, sc in last, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (30)
NOTE: We begin to create our lemon shape in this round, so pay close attention to your stitches.
PRO TIP: When there are multiple stitch instructions like this, I like to use a pencil (so I can erase later) to cross off each stitch instruction as I work my way around.
R6: Ch 1, sc inc, sc 5, sc inc next, sc 2, hdc inc next, sc 5, sc inc next, sc 5, sc inc next, sc 2, hdc inc next, sc 5, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (36)
R7: Ch 1, sc 3, sc inc next, sc 7, hdc, hdc inc next, hdc, sc 6, sc inc next, sc 6, sc inc next, sc, hdc, hdc inc next, hdc, sc 3, sc inc in last, sl st to top of first sc of the round to close. (42)
Tie off, weave in ends.
PART 2: LEAF
The leaf is made using a foundation chain. We will work across the top of the chain, rotate it 180 degrees, then work across the bottom, joining to the first stitch from the top to create the finished shape.
NOTE: Normally slip stitches aren’t counted as stitches, but because they are used to provide the shape of the leaf, they DO count here.***
R1: Sl st in the 2nd chain from hook, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st in last ch
Ch 1 (turning chain, does not count as a stitch) and rotate 180 degrees clockwise to begin working across the bottom of the chains
Sl st in 1st ch, sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc, sl st in last ch
Ch 1 and join to the first slip stitch from the top side. (14)
Tie off, leave an extra-long tail for sewing. Turn your leaf over to the back side and sew the center gaps of the chains closed. Do not cut tails, leave them for attaching to the lemon.
PART 3: STEM
Similar to the leaf, we will use a foundation chain and slip stitches to create the shape of the stem, so slip stitches will count as stitches here as well. You don’t need to do anything to curl the stem. Due to the nature of the stitches used, it will want to curl in on itself naturally, which I kinda liked!
R1: Sl st in the 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. (5)
Tie off, leave a long tail for sewing.
PART 4: ATTACHING
It’s time to sew your leaf and stem to your lemon!
Step 1: Sew the leaf to the top of the front side of the lemon, using the long tails to secure the overlapping part of the leaf to the lemon. I threaded my tails into two different gaps between stitches.
Step 2: Sew stem to the top of the two center stitches, down through the top V of the stitches, and secure to the backside of the lemon.
Once you’ve attached everything, it’s okay to skip weaving in your ends and just knot the tails and cut them. The crochet police won’t come after you. There are a few reasons I prefer to do it this way for this project. First, that’s a lot of tails to weave into a small amount of space and I don’t want to bulk up those few stitches at the top of my lemon and mar the aesthetic. Second, this is not an item that will be handled a bunch of times, meaning it is less likely to get dirty and need a wash and less likely the ends will go anywhere. Last but not least…I’m lazy, ha! But if you prefer to weave in your ends, go for it, but I won’t tell on you!
You did it! Such a quick and gratifying little project, isn’t it? Make as many lemons as desired and string them up any way you want! For my 4 lemon, mini-bunting, I used a 3/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon cut at 26″ long (66 cm) to hang on my tiered tray.
I would LOVE to see your lemons! Should you choose to share, use the tag #LaBelleVieForMe to share your makes with me @HooksBooksWanderlust on Instagram and/or Facebook!
I hope you enjoyed this pattern and found it easy to follow! If not, or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Comment below or email me at HooksBooksAndWanderlust@gmail.com.
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