In anticipating the changing seasons (winter to spring), my inspiration searches for finding the perfect wall hanging. It also happens to be Emma’s birth month! She’s turning ONE this month, and I’m planning a beautiful Blossom Crochet Wall Hanging to add to her room. In the meantime, I think I’ve landed on the ideal spring project in this simple, quick and modern wall hanging–the Port Aransas Wall Hanging.
You may be thinking, “Port Aransas.. what on earth does that mean?” Well, Port Aransas, TX is a small beach town located on the Gulf Coast. My family did not vacation often while I was growing up. However, when we got out of town, we always found ourselves in Port Aransas. My love for the salt, sea, and sand grew out of those trips. This wall hanging, specifically the colors, remind me of those adventurous beach days spent under the warm sun.
Reasons to love the Port Aransas Wall Hanging…
It’s QUICK. I love a long project–the one that takes a lot of time and thought. However, I can’t help but enjoy the almost instant gratification of a short and sweet project. The bulky yarn with the large hook creates this fabric out of thin air before your eyes. This is your next weekend project.
It’s SIMPLE. You only need to know TWO stitches — the Single and Double Crochet. Alternate them back and forth to work up a simple, textured fabric makes this the perfect wall hanging for any room.
It’s MODERN. You can place the colors and stripes in ANY arrangement you want. Do you want a classic, color block look? Go for it! Would you rather the colors fade together? Put some stripes in between the color blocks. This wall hanging is 100% customizableto your personal style.
Yarn : 70yds of Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky (super bulky/category 6; 6oz/170g and 111yds/102m) in 3 colors (Heirloom Silver, Ocean, Eggnog)
Hook : N/15 (10.00mm), or correct hook to meet gauge
12” Dowel Rod, or a stick from the backyard
Extra piece of yarn, twine, or crochet thread for hanging
The main stitch in this wall hanging is the Up & Down Stitch—alternating single and double crochet stitches. As you work the rows, make sure that each single crochet is placed in a double crochet, and each double crochet is placed in a single crochet.
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.
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 (acrylic, polyester) yarn, 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.
Finished Size & Gauge
6 STS x 5.5 Rows = 4” x 4” before blocking
Gauge Pattern CH 8 Row 1 : DC in the 3rd CH from hook. SC in next ST. [DC in next ST. SC in next ST.] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 2. Turn. (6 STS) Row 2 : [DC in next ST. SC in next ST.] Repeat […] until end of the row. CH 2. Turn. (6 STS) Rows 3 – 6 : Repeat Row 2
American (US) terms used throughout. CH – chain SC – single crochet DC – double crochet ST(S) – stitch(es)
There are two different color block options. See the section after the Pattern Instructions to follow, or create your own color adventure!
Row 1 : DC in the 3rd CH from hook. SC in next ST. [DC in next ST. SC in next ST.] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 2. Turn. (14 STS)
Row 2 : [DC in next ST. SC in next ST.] Repeat […] until end of row. CH 2. Turn. (14 STS)
Rows 3 – 21 : Repeat Row 2
Fasten off and weave in ends to the back (wrong side) of your work. Next, block your wall hanging.
Color Block Options
Here are two different charts to follow for a simple color block, or a striped color block.
Add the Dowel & Crochet Thread
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!
You will need an extra 4-5 yds of yarn to add fringe that is approximately 5″ long. Cut your strands of yarn at 12″ each. I used one strand of yarn per stitch which gave me 14 strands of yarn total.
First, make sure your wall hanging is facing right side up (the part that will be visible while on display). Next, fold a strand of yarn in half, and insert it on the bottom of the hanging from back to front. Put the two strands through the loop, and pull them gently down to close. Repeat this process for each stitch on the bottom of the wall hanging.
After finishing the trim, you can leave the yarn as is, or gently unravel each strand for a little added texture. Personally, I love unraveling them!
Did you make the Port Aransas Wall Hanging? I would love to see what you created! Tag my on Instagram @highdesertyarn and use the #PortAransasWallHanging