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Published on July 14th, 2014 | by Elizabeth Bagwell


Tour de France knitted bunting in action

A few weeks ago we told you how you could contribute knitted bunting to help welcome the Tour de France to Yorkshire and Cambridge. The cycling started last week, and Elizabeth Bagwell catches up with how it all went off.

Celebrating the best of Britain, a million cycling fans and thousands of hand knitted jerseys lined the route for the first two stages of the 2014 Tour de France. It was a brilliant display, and beyond the hopes of the organizers who’d arranged for both parts.

Tour de France knitted bunting (credit: @KayGardiner) - LoveKnitting Blog

The starting line for the first stage, the Grand Depart, was in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The stage finished in Harrogate where local knitters had been busy for weeks creating an astonishing 23,456 knitted jerseys. These were distributed and hung by Harrogate County Council, and could be seen throughout the district. The jerseys will be on display until September, so if you want to catch a glimpse of your work in situ, there’s still plenty of time.

In Cambridge, over 2,000 knitted and crocheted jerseys lined the streets. As we reported in a previous post, the Cambridge bunting was the brainchild of Rad Wagon, a non-knitter with big ideas. The Cambridge bunting is being given away, with a request for charitable donations from recipients.

Tour de France knitted bunting (credit: Jimmy's Cambridge) - LoveKnitting Blog

An enormous effort was involved in getting the Tour de France bunting organized, strung and up in time for the start of the event. With a successful Grand Depart out of the way, the organizers of both the Cambridge and Yorkshire groups wanted to thank all the knitters and crocheters who took part. Knitted jerseys flew off the needles of local knitters, and were airmailed in from around the globe. From Yorkshire to Australia and Cambridgeshire to Canada, well done to all the Tour de Bunting knitters!

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About the Author

Elizabeth is a keen knitter, occasional designer, enthusiastic traveler and a professional freelance writer. She spent three years working for British knitting magazine, Simply Knitting, and has also written for The Knitter and other craft titles.

Last updated: July 14th, 2014.

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