Tour de France knitted bunting sold to charity

Plans afoot for much yarn-bombing ahead of Tour de France

Miniature jerseys knitted to create bunting to welcome Tour de France cyclists to Cambridge are being sold, with the proceeds going to charity. 

Local cycling instructor Rad Wagon - who managed to persuade over 400 people to knit 2,000 garments for the project - told BBC Cambridgeshire he had received interest in them from across the globe. 

"We've had requests for them from as far away as the USA so we've asked people to donate to charities. It'll be another great Tour legacy," he said. 

Money raised from the knitted garments will go to Marie Curie, Jimmy's and You Can Bike Too. 

Mr Wagon said he had been "humbled" by the enthusiasm and passion that the knitters had displayed in creating the bunting. Clearly impressed with the generosity of participants, he explained that most people who took part used their own wool and materials. 

The inspiration for the project came from Yorkshire, where residents knitted jerseys to stretch across lampposts to welcome Tour de France cyclists. 

Over 20,000 miniature jumpers were knitted by people living in the Harrogate area, with the intention of them being strung up between lampposts. 

However, North Yorkshire County Council subsequently requested that the bunting be removed as street lights were sagging as a result of the decoration becoming heavy when it was water-logged.  

 Meanwhile, knitters  in Cragg Vale, Yorkshire, have become record-breakers after the Guinness World Records confirmed that the 12,115-metre bunting produced by locals is the longest ever, at over seven miles.

It was produced to encourage cyclists on the Tour up to the summit of Cragg Vale, which stands at 968 foot. 

Why not try your hand at creating your own bunting with a Vicki Walker design available from Knit Rowan? It is a crochet pattern that uses Handknit Cotton and is ideal if you have little experience of crocheting. 

Alternatively, download a free knitting pattern from our website by Sarah Hatton that also uses Handknit Cotton. It is perfect to take on as a small project before working up to more complicated pieces. 

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