The Kalena Crochet Wall Hanging uses simple, and easy to master stitches suitable for beginners. She’s meant to spark creativity when you’re in a crochet slump, and regain some cro-jo. Pick bright + bold colors, or keep it subdued — the color combinations are endless!
Inspiration + Design
The Kalena Crochet Wall Hanging is born out of boredom. Midway through the summer, my creative flow dammed up with the debris of chores, tasks, and must-dos. About three crochet projects were started, and promptly put down. So, I needed something that would ignite my excitement to crochet, create, and FINISH a project.
Simplicity is the main idea in the Kalena Crochet Wall Hanging. This crochet pattern features beginner friendly stitches — Half Double Crochet, and Double Crochet. Plus, there’s a new stitch to learn — the Chainless Starting Double Crochet! This crochet stitch is the key in keeping the edges straight and neat.
Endless Summer CAL 2021
Update June 2022 : Like all good things, this CAL is over. However, if you decide to crochet this wall hanging, please share a photo of it in the High Desert Yarn Handmade Community! We’d love to see it, and cheer you on your yarning adventures.
The dog days of summer are here in the northern hemisphere. Man, it’s hot, humid, and hazy outside. Therefore, crocheting doesn’t always sound enjoyable, unless you want to replicate a sauna. So, it’s the perfect recipe for a crochet=a-long to start the creative juices flowing. Consider the Endless Summer Crochet-a-long (CAL) as your warmup for the autumn crochet season.
Come join the fun, and creativity this summer,
by clicking here to be a part of the High Desert Yarn Handmade Community Group!
Yarn + Substitutions
High Desert Yarn is officially launching its
new hand dyed yarn with the Kalena Wall Hanging.
The Sno Cone Mini DK Skeins played a big role in getting my creativity out of the slump this summer. These six colors are reminiscent of sno cone flavors — from lemon lime, blue coconut, to tiger’s blood, there’s a flavor for everyone! This mini skein set is dyed on the Cloudcroft DK Base — 100% Superwash Merino Wool in a DK (category 3) weight, and each mini skein is 24yds/10g. You can find this mini skein set, with a crochet kit upgrade for the Kalena Wall Hanging, in my Etsy Shop.
Substitutions for the Kalena Crochet Wall Hanging
The beauty of this wall hanging pattern is that any yarn weight will work. However, if you’d like a yarn closer to the weight of the Sno Cone Mini Set, then I suggest using the Lion Brand Mandala. You’ll get your six colors needed to make this wall hanging in just a single cake. But, my favorite option would be to use up your stash! Pick as many colors as you want, and in the weight you want. Let your creativity flow with this crochet project!
- Yarn – High Desert Yarn, DK/category 3 (24yds/10g), 100% SW Merino Wool.
- You will need 6 colors total.
- Total yardage is 144yds.
- Substitutes : Any other DK/category 3 yarn will work, such as Lion Brand Mandala or Knit Picks Swish DK
- Crochet Hook – H/8 (5.00mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
- Tapestry Needle
- Dowel – 3/4″ diameter, at least 10″ long
- Extra piece of yarn/twine for hanging
Beginner – Level 1
Check your gauge! If you want your wall hanging to be the same size as the pattern, please check gauge prior to starting this pattern. This is extra important if you are using a different yarn than the pattern.
Chain 1 at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
Chain 3 at the beginning of Row 1 DOES count as a stitch.
Gauge + Finished Size
19 STS x 9 Rows = 4″ x 4″ square
- Stitches are measured on the DC row.
- Gauge is measured before blocking.
Pattern for Gauge
Follow Rows 4 – 6 in the pattern.
6.5″ wide x 23″ length
American (US) terms used throughout.
HDC – half double crochet
DC – double crochet
ST(S) – stitch(es)
SK – skip
CH SP – chain space
MC – main color
CC1 – contrasting color 1
CC2 – contrasting color 2
CC3 – contrasting color 3
CC4 – contrasting color 4
CC5 – contrasting color 5
Chainless Starting Double Crochet (CSDC)
Turn your work so that you are staring a new row. Pull up a loop as tall as a DC. Wrap hook around the loop you pulled up. This acts as ONE loop on the hook making TWO loops on the hook. Insert hook into the 1st ST. Yarn over and pull up one loop. There are THREE loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through TWO loops. Yarn over and pull through remaining TWO loops. The CSDC is complete.
Love the colors in the Kalena Wall Hanging? Then, check out the hand dyed mini skein set that perfectly coordinates the Kalena Crochet Wall Hanging.
CH 32 with MC.
Row 1 : DC in 4th CH from hook. (CH 3 counts as a ST.) DC in each CH. CH 1. Turn. (30 STS)
Row 2 : HDC in next 2 STS. [SK ST. 2 HDC in next ST.] Repeat […] until 2 STS remain. HDC in last 2 STS. Turn. (30 STS)
Row 3 : CSDC in 1st ST. DC in next ST. [CH 2. SK 2 STS. DC in next 2 STS.} Repeat […] until end of row. Turn. (30 STS)
Row 4 : CSDC in 1st ST. DC next ST. [2 DC in CH SP. DC in next 2 STS.} Repeat […] until end of the row. CH 1. Turn. (30 STS)
Row 5 : HDC in next 2 STS. [SK ST. 2 HDC in next ST.] Repeat […] until 2 STS remain. HDC in last 2 STS. Turn. (30 STS)
Row 6 : CSDC in 1st ST. DC in next ST. [CH 2. SK 2 STS. DC in next 2 STS.} Repeat […] until end of row. Turn. (30 STS)
Rows 7 – 9 : Repeat Rows 4 – 6. Change to next yarn color.
Repeat Rows 4 – 6 3 times for CC1, CC2, CC3, CC4. The end of CC4 is the end of Row 45.
Change to CC5.
Rows 46 – 51 : Repeat Rows 4 – 6 2 times.
Rows 52 – 53 : Repeat Rows 4 – 5
Do not fasten off. Use the remaining yarn to attach the wall hanging to a dowel rod with a crochet hook. Follow the instructions below to attach it.
Attaching the Dowel and Adding the Twine
Place the wall hanging right side down, so that you attach the dowel to the wrong side (wall side) of the wall hanging. Crochet the dowel onto the wall hanging with using a SC in each ST of the top of the wall hanging. Fasten off, and weave in end. Last, attach your spare piece of twine, yarn, or crochet thread to hang your finished piece.
Summer Vibes Blog Hop 2022
This blog hop is such a fun one filled with summery crochet projects. From July 1 – 31, a fun in the sun sun-inspired crochet pattern will be available for a free download from Ravelry. On July 11, 2022 the Kalena Wall Hanging will be featured in this event. More information coming for this blog hop in the following weeks. Sign up for my Weekly Newsletter to be the first to know about this event.