The Devon County Show 2020 marks the 125th in the Show’s history.  

To celebrate this milestone, as well as the Women’s Institute’s 100th anniversary and the Exeter Knutty Knitters 10th anniversary, the Show organisers are planning an ambitious Guinness World Record attempt - to beat the Longest Knitted Bunting World Record. 

Deborah Custance Baker, Chief Steward of Crafts & Gardens at the Devon County Show, the Show Committee member behind the challenge, is confident of achieving the target of 31,200 flags, the amount required to smash the existing record and giving the Devon County Show its first ever Guinness World Record.  

Deborah, who was responsible for driving the celebrated knitted poppy initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, is not someone who does things by halves.  Nor is she daunted by the challenge. She’s already got 1,000 pieces of bunting in the bag, with only another 30,000 to go. 

‘We’ve got nine months before the Show starts and with the WI and the Exeter Knutty Knitting Group behind us, we’ll get there, no question.

‘The completed bunting will be displayed in the Crafts & Gardens Marquee.  We estimate that the record-beating display will be 8kms long and will go around our 3,000m2 marquee 26 times. A representative for Guinness World Records will be attending the Show to adjudicate and confirm the record. 

The bunting will be auctioned off both during and post the show at various events to raise money for the Devon County Show’s nominated charity for 2020 – the Addington Fund dedicated to providing homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their homes.  Sections of the bunting will also be offered for decoration at local care homes, particularly those participating in the attempt. 

ANYONE can participate in this World Record Attempt.  If you’re a knitting pro, you don’t need to follow a pattern, though you do need to work to the correct size of no more than 8” along the top and 9” on the diagonal.

For those who would prefer to follow instructions, we have a foolproof pattern from the Exeter Knutty Knitters below:

World Record Attempt Bunting Instructions

Bunting –  basic,  no eyelets

DK 4mm (size 8) needles

(psso  -  pass slip stitch over)

 Cast on 31 or 41 stitches

  1. Knit 4 rows
  2. K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit to last three stitches, K2 tog, K1    
  3. Knit 3 rows
  4. K1, slip 1, K1, psso, knit to last three stitches, K2tog, K1
  5. Knit 3 rows
  6. Continue this way, knitting 3 rows between each decrease row until 5 stitches remain
  7. Knit 3 rows
  8. K1, slip 1, K2 tog, psso, K1   (3 stitches)
  9. Knit 3 rows
  10. Slip 1, K2 tog, psso

Fasten off and cut yarn

Bunting with eyelets

Cast on either 31 or 41 stitches

  1. Knit 1 row
  2. Knit 1, yarn over, K2 tog, yarn over, K2 tog to end
  3. Knit 2 rows
  4. K1, psso, knit to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1
  5. Knit 3 rows
  6. K1, psso, knit to last 3 stitches, K2 tog, K1
  7. Knit 3 rows
  8. Repeat this decrease pattern until 5 stitches remain
  9. Knit 3 rows
  10. K1, slip 1, K2 tog, psso, K1
  11. Knit 3 rows
  12. Slip 1, K2 tog, psso

Fasten off and cut yarn 

Need a step-by-step guide?  Take a look at our video presented by Dee from (K)nutty Knitters:

Completed your bunting? 

Please send bunting to Hayne House, Silverton, Exeter  EX5 4HE  or   Devon County Show, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ where a team of people will thread them on to tape. 
Don't forget to add your name / organisation so we can list you as a contributor to the record! 


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