Mini Bunny Wall Hanging
The Mini Bunny Wall Hanging is an easy, beginner friendly Intarsia crochet piece that brightens any room. Also, it is part of a series of mini wall hangings coming to the blog this Spring. Since this wall hanging is smaller, it can easily be added to any existing gallery wall, or placed in a smaller space. Keep reading to discover the inspiration behind this crochet pattern!
The Mini Bunny Wall Hanging is the second crochet pattern in the Spring Series Mini Wall Hangings. Simply, the inspiration comes from bunnies hopping through fresh, green grass in March. Spring is a magical time of year when the world regenerates itself. and bunnies add to that magic.
The Mini Bunny Wall Hanging is considered Intarsia crochet. Intarsia crochet means creating a picture in the fabric with using different colors of yarn. I like to think Intarsia crochet as creating a mosaic with yarn. In this pattern, you will learn the beautiful work of trapping the floats vs. carrying non-working yarn, how to change colors correctly, and how to attach a dowel (or stick) to a wall hanging.
In this blog post, you will find only the written directions for this Mini Bunny Wall Hanging. However, I do have an inexpensive PDF for purchase in my Ravelry and Etsy Shops that includes a color chart.
Yarn + Substitutes
For the Mini Bunny Wall Hanging, you will need any Super Bulky (category 6) weight yarn. The super bulky yarn speeds up the time it takes to complete this project. Plus, I love the texture and depth of the chunky fabric against a flat surface.
I used Yarn Bee True Colors from Hobby Lobby, because it’s what I had on hand. However, Lion Brand Hometown or Wool Ease Thick and Quick would be great substitutes for the similarity of material, and color options. Regardless, whenever you change yarn, check your gauge!
I highly discourage using a smaller weight yarn. The image may not be quite as crisp using a small yarn. However, you are the yarn artist! Work your gauge, and experiment with any size of yarn to your heart’s content.
This finished wall hanging (before and after blocking) is 5″ wide & 6.5″ tall. Making it ideal for small spaces, or a filler on a gallery wall.
Now, a note about gauge. Some crochet designers may say that “gauge doesn’t matter with a wall hanging, because it’s not a garment.” They’re not wrong, but also not completely correct. If you’re expecting your finished wall hanging to be close to the same size as the pattern — check your gauge! After the gauge, you will know how to adjust the hook size, or the very least be prepared for a different sized wall hanging from the pattern. If you don’t care much about the size outcome of the pattern — you can skip the gauge. The choice is yours! Isn’t art fun?!
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The Mini Bunny Wall Hanging is an easy, beginner friendly Intarsia crochet piece that brightens any room. Also, it is one of four mini wall hanging patterns to release Spring 2021. This wall hanging is perfect for Spring, or Easter decor. Plus, it would look gorgeous in a woodland themed nursery.
Yarn – Yarn Bee True Colors, bulky/category 6 (5oz, 76yds), 100% acrylic
You need 2 different colors to complete this individual wall hanging. The yardage needed per color as follows…
MC (Ivory) – 15yds/13m
CC1 (Purple) – 15yds/13m
Yarn Substitutes : Any other bulky (category 6) yarn will work. I suggest trying Lion Brand’s Hometown yarn for the closest feel. If changing the yarn, be sure to check gauge.
Crochet Hook – 8.00mm or correct hook to meet gauge
6” Dowel Rod (3/8″ diameter), or a stick from the backyard
If you cannot find a 6″ dowel, you can cut a 12″ dowel in half. Use the second half to make another mini wall hanging, Do not cut the dowel in half until you finished the wall hanging, and make sure the wall hanging will fit on the 6″ dowel. Use your judgement to cut the dowel to your desired width.
Extra piece of yarn, twine, or crochet thread for hanging
Check your gauge! Although, it’s not terribly important (we’re not making a garment here), but it is important if you want your hanging to be the same size as the pattern.
Color Changes. When you come to a color change (such as MC to CC1), finish the last loop of the MC stitch in the CC1. Then, continue to crochet X amount of stitches in the CC1. If you need more help with changing colors seamlessly, see the link to the photo tutorial in the Tutorials section.
Always pull the non-working yarn to the BACK of your work. This will keep the wall hanging nice and tidy on the display side (right side).
Chain 1 at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
Untangle the working yarn as you go. Once you begin the colorwork rows, the yarn skeins/balls will become tangled by the end of the wall hanging. I suggest straightening out the unused yarn every other row (or before it starts to drive you bonkers).
Block the wall hanging before attaching it to the dowel. This will relax the stitches and create clean, crisp lines. If you use a synthetic yarn (acrylic, polyester), be sure to steam block. If you choose a natural yarn (cotton, wool), use a wet blocking method. Let your work rest for 24 hours, or until it’s dry.
Trapping the Floats v. Carrying the Non-Working Yarn
I suggest trapping the floats rather than carrying the non-working yarn under the working stitches. How to Trap the Floats – every 1″ (or every 3-4 stitches) crochet over the non-working yarn for 1 stitch. Keep the non-working yarn a little loose, or the edges may shrink.
9 STS x 9 Rows = 4″ x 4″ square
Use the Single Crochet to create the gauge swatch.
5″ width & 6.5″ height (before, and after, blocking)
American (US) terms used throughout.
CH – chain
SC – single crochet
ST(S) – stitch(es)
MC – Main Color (Ivory)
CC – Contrasting Color (Purple)
How to Change Colors Seamlessly
A color work chart is included in the inexpensive, ad-free PDF. You can purchase the PDF from my Ravelry or Etsy Shops.
CH 11 in MC, change to CC and CH 1. (12 CHS)
Row 1: With CC, SC in the 2nd CH from hook, (CC) SC 7, (MC) SC 3. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 2: (MC) SC 3, (CC) SC 8. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 3: (CC) SC 8, (MC) SC 3. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 4: (MC) SC 2, (CC) SC 8, (MC) SC 1. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 5: (MC) SC 4, (CC) SC 6, (MC) SC 1. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 6: (MC) SC 1, (CC) SC 7, (MC) SC 3. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 7: (MC) SC 1, (CC) SC 8, (MC) SC 2. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 8: (MC) SC 3, (CC) SC 3, (MC) SC 2, (CC) SC 3. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 9: (CC) SC 2, (MC) SC 2, (CC) SC 3, (MC) SC 4. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 10: (MC) SC 5, (CC) SC 3, (MC) SC 2, (CC) SC 1. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 11: (MC) SC 3, (CC) SC 2, (MC) SC 6. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Row 12: (MC) SC 7, (CC) SC 1, (MC) SC 3. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Rows 13 – 15: (MC) SC 11. CH 1. Turn (11 STS)
Fasten off and weave in the ends. Block the wall hanging to crisp up the edges, and define the corners, before attaching it to the dowel.
Adding the Dowel to Mini Bunny Wall Hanging
First, flip your work over so that the wrong side (wall side) is facing you. We will be using the slip stitch to attach the hanging to the dowel, because I would rather use my hook than a needle any chance I get. Sewing the dowel on is certainly an alternative to the slip stitch!
Next, make a slip knot with the yarn attaching the wall hanging to the dowel, and insert the hook. Begin to slip stitch in each stitch across the top of the wall hanging. Be careful to wrap the yarn AROUND the dowel in each stitch! Fasten off and weave in ends.
Last, cut a long piece of crochet thread (yarn or twine) to hang the piece from the wall. Securely tie it onto the dowel on either side of the fabric, and trim an excess crochet thread. Now, it’s ready to hang!
More crochet patterns like the Mini Bunny Wall Hanging
- The Mini Heart Wall Hanging
- The Blossom Crochet Wall Hanging
- The Port Aransas Wall Hanging
- The Prickly Pear Square and Bow Holder
- The Pumpkin Spice Life Wall Hanging
Spring Fling Blog Hop
This pattern will be a free, direct download from the High Desert Yarn Blog on March 31, 2023. Click the button below to download the Mini Bunny Wall Hanging. This will take you to the About Me page, and you will find the PDF at the end of the page. The pattern will be available for free for 24 hours only starting at 10AM BST (London UK Time) on March 31st. If you have any problems accessing the PDF, please email Joanna at email@example.com