This is an advanced beginner tutorial for the Blossom Wall Hanging — a free crochet pattern on my blog! Keep reading to discover the inspiration for this design, and where it’s hanging in my house. Or scroll to the bottom to learn how to create a beautiful, color blocked piece of art!
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Inspiration + Design
For my daughter’s 1st birthday I wanted to make her something to continue styling her bedroom. I never put her nursery together before her birth, and by the time she started sleeping in her room my family decided to move. Since moving to Oklahoma, it has been a hodgepodge of works-in-progress decor pieces with the overall theme–wildflowers + bright colors. This leads us to the inspiration of the Blossom Wall Hanging.
Emma is my Spring baby, and her room is filled with flowers, grasses, butterflies, and deer. It’s like a flower shop exploded in there. In my yarn stash I found the perfect color palette in a Caron x Pantone Braid. I wanted this wall hanging to be bright, colorful, and resemble flowers sprouting in a field of grass.
The Blossom Wall Hanging Pattern is here to help you
Although this is an advanced beginner pattern — due to the three different “special” stitches — it is beginner friendly. The Blossom Wall Hanging pattern includes photo tutorials and written instructions for the stitches. If you know how to Single and Double Crochet, you can make the Blossom Wall Hanging since each stitch is a variation of those basic stitches.
Therefore, these additions make this pattern the ideal project for a beginner who wants to take the next step with their crochet skills.
Yarn + Substitutes
Let me be honest, I chose a braid of Caron x Pantone because I had it in my stash. Why was it still there? Because I didn’t know how to use it, or what to make from it. These braids caught my eye because of their shiny newness, and bright colors. Plus, they happened to be on sale at my local Michael’s Store last Spring.
After scouring Pinterest, Google, and Instagram, I quickly realized that I didn’t want to make a hat, and I didn’t have enough of one colorway to create a scarf. Designing a newborn size dress crossed my mind, but playing chicken with only 127yds of yarn made me nervous.
Finally, I settled on making the Blossom Wall Hanging with only ONE braid of Caron x Pantone (fringe included) . This way you won’t worry about not having enough yarn for this project.
Caron x Pantone is a bulky weight / category 5 yarn(100g/3.5 oz, 116m/127yds). The fiber content is 60% Acrylic, 20% Nylon, and 20% Merino Wool. Each braid is comprised of the 5 different coordinating colors, and each color is approximately 26yds. I used the colorway Bright Orchid in this wall hanging with the substitution of the black for a white from another braid. This hanging would look beautiful in the Blushing Coral, Lollipop Whirl, and Strawberry Chill colorways, too.
This is the beauty of using Caron X Pantone–you can use as many braids as you want to mix and match to customize the colors in your wall hanging.
If you want to substitute the Caron X Pantone yarn for another yarn, I suggest using Lion Brand’s Color Made Easy. Both are in the same weight category, and have very close yardage per 100g. If you choose to substitute for another yarn, be sure to check your gauge.
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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 finished size as the pattern.
Color Changes. Rows 5-12 repeat three times. Always change to your next color after Row 12 of the repeat.
Chain 2 at the end of a row DOES NOT count as a stitch.
Wrong Side v. Right Side. This wall hanging can be reversible. However, the Right Side has the “less puffy” Puff Stitches. Another way to determine the Right Side is by the tail of the starting chain. Right Handed Crocheters–the tail is on the LEFT. Left Handed Crocheters–the tail is on the RIGHT.
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.
Spike Stitch Tutorial
The Spike Stitch is a Single Crochet Stitch, but worked in the previous rows. This stitch is used in Row 5 of the repeating row (Rows 5-12), and Row 37. Follow the chart below to place each stitch correctly. Read the chart from Right to Left, and Top to Bottom. Focus on placing each SC in the correct previous row.
Example The 1st SC ST is placed in the 2nd row from the top. The 2nd SC ST is placed in the top row. This is also the normal row to crochet in.
American (US) terms used throughout.
CH – chain SC – single crochet DC – double crochet VST – v stitch PUFF – puff stitch YO – yarn over SK – skip ST(S) – stitch(es)
CH 33 in Color 1
Row 1 : DC in the 3rd CH from hook. CH 1. (Now, begin the VST. See the Special Stitches section for a photo tutorial.) [YO, insert hook into the same CH. YO, and pull through CH. (3 loops on the hook) YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook. SK next CH. YO and insert hook into next CH. YO, and pull up loop. YO, and pull through 2 loops. YO, and pull through 3 loops. CH 1.] Repeat […] until end of the row. The last ST of the last repeat is placed in the last CH of the starting chain. Finally, 1 DC in the last CH to make the row even on both sides. CH 1. Turn. (32 DC STS)
**Count your stitches! Or the Spike ST Row (Row 5) will be off.**
Row 2 : SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (32 STS)
Row 3 : SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (32 STS)
Row 4 : SC in each ST across. (32 STS) Join Color 2 with a CH 1. Turn. Fasten off and weave in end, or crochet over the end of Color 2 in the next row.
Row 5 : (Spike Stitch : Refer to the chart after the Notes section to correctly placeeach SC ST.) Place a SC in each ST of the correct previous row until the end. Repeat the chart pattern 4 times. CH 1. Turn (32 STS)
Row 6 : SC in each ST across. CH 2. Turn. (32 STS)
Row 7 : DC in the 1st ST. CH 1. (Now, begin the VST. See the Special Stitches section for a photo tutorial.) [YO, insert hook into the same ST. YO, and pull through ST. (3 loops on the hook) YO and pull through 2 loops on the hook. SK next ST. YO and insert hook into next ST. YO, and pull up loop. YO, and pull through 2 loops. YO, and pull through 3 loops. CH 1.]
Repeat […] until end of the row. The last ST of the last repeat is placed in the last ST of the previous row. Finally, 1 DC in the last CH to make the row even on both sides. CH 1. Turn. (32 DC STS)
**Count your stitches! Or the Spike ST Row (Row 5) will be off.**
Row 8 : SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (32 STS)
Row 9 : [SC in the next ST. SC in the next ST. PUFF ST in the next ST.] Repeat […] until the last 2 STS. 1 SC each in the last 2 STS. CH 1. Turn. (10 PUFF, 22 SC STS)
Row 10 – 12 : SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (32 STS) Change to the next color.
Repeat Rows 5 – 12 for Colors 3, 4, and 5.
After Row 36, change to Color 1.
Row 37 : (Spike Stitch : Refer to the chart after the Notes to correctly place each SC ST.) Place a SC in each ST of the correct previous row until the end. Repeat the chart pattern 4 times. CH 1. Turn (32 STS)
Row 38 – 40 : SC in each ST across. CH 1. Turn. (32 STS)
Add the dowel and 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!
Adding the fringe (optional)
You will need approximately 12yds of yarn to add fringe that is approximately 4″ long. Cut your strands of yarn at 9″ each. I alternated using 1 strand and 2 strands per stitch for the right amount of fluffy fringe. I placed the double stranded yarn on either side of the bottom point of the “Vs”.
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.
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