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Trio of Wall Hangings



Since moving into my new place, I have been trying to find something to hang over my bed. I looked at a lot of artwork online, but didn't see anything I liked in the very specific colors that I wanted. So what do I do when I can't buy something I want? I make it! Specifically, I knit it, of course.

I actually looked into doing something macrame before deciding on knitting. The biggest deciding factor for these wall hangings was the fact that I already had the dowel rods. This made deciding the yarn weight pretty easy. I had to use yarn that would look decent on 4.5mm needles because my dowel rods were about 4mm thick.


Narrowing down the yarn weight helped a lot, but there were still many yarn possibilities. I was looking for very specific colors. I spent a lot of time looking at yarn online but was too nervous to buy it in case the color was off. I deciding to check out the yarn store around the corner from where I work, so I could look at the yarn colors in person. Would you believe my luck? They had the perfect colors in the right yarn weight in the sale section! I settled on a mustard yellow, brown, and light blue to match my decorative pillows and comforter.

Now that I had my yarn, half of the battle was over. I looked through my stitch books trying to decide which ones would look good. I focused on lacey patterns because I though they would provide a nice stitch definition on the wall and look sharper. I settled on the first design and thought I was going to knit all of them in the same pattern. As I was halfway through the first square, I realized I would get bored if they were all the same pattern. I decided each color would have a designated pattern. I hit my stitch books again and decided on two other patterns. I wanted them to be very distinct and different so the squares would look very mismatched and like they purposely don't match. I ended up knitting three wall hangings in each color/design, for a total of nine wall hangings.

PATTERN

Please note that these patterns can easily be tailored to different sizes using a different number of stitches, rows, or thickness of yarn. For that reason, no gauge is given.

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MATERIALS

US 7/4.5mm straight needles
80 yards of yarn in light worsted/DK yarn per wall hanging
4mm thick dowel rods, approximately 13" long (1 per wall hanging)
Stitch markers, up to 8
Darning needle
Scissors
Row counter

YARN

Color A: Kenzie by Hikoo in Kiwano (1017)
Color B: Kenzie by Hikoo in Collingwood (1021)
Color C: Berrocco Pima Soft in Powder (4614)

MEASUREMENTS

My wall hangings measured 10 inches wide and and 9 inches long after blocking.
Blocking is crucial to ensure the lace designs properly shine. I utilized spray blocking. I pinned them all down to the desired measurements and then sprayed it with water that contained a few drops of my wool wash.

ABBREVIATIONS

*...* = repeat the pattern as writting between each *
K = knit
P = purl
K2tog = knit two stitches together
YO = yarn over
PM = place marker
SKPO = slip 1 stitch from the left need to the right needle, knit the next stitch, pass the stitch that was slipped over the last stitch that was knit on the right needle
SK2PO = slip 1 stitch from the left need to the right needle, knit the next two stitches together, pass the stitch that was slipped over the last stitch that was knit on the right needle
SL1P WYIB = slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in the back
sts = stitches

LACEY WALL HANGING


In Color A, cast on 51 stitches, or any multiple of 17. A stitch marke may be used in between each set of 17 to note where the repeat starts.

Set up Row 1: knit all
Set up Row 2: knit all

Row 1: *K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, K3, YO, SKPO, K2, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO*
Row 2: purl all
Row 3: *K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, K1, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO*
Row 4: purl all
Row 5: *K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SKPO, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO*
Row 6: purl all

Repeat rows 1-6 until the desired length is reached. I repeated them 8 more times for a total of 54 rows.

Finishing Row 1: *K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, K7, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO*
Finishing Row 2: purl all

Slip stitches onto the dowel rod. Weave in loose ends. Block.

DIAMOND WALL HANING


In Color B, cast on 51 stitches, or multiples of 15 plus 6.

Set up Row 1 = knit all
Set up Row 2 = K3, PM, knit until the last 3 stitches, PM, K3. (Place other markers as you see fit.)

(See below the written pattern for a chart)

Row 1: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 2: K4, *K1, YO, SKPO, YO, SKPO, K3, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K3* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 3: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 4: K4, *K2, YO, SKPO, YO, SKPO, K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K4* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 5: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 6: K4, *K3, YO, SKPO, YO, SK2PO, YO, K2tog, YO, K5* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 7: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 8: K4, *K4, YO, SK2PO, YO, K2tog, YO, K6* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 9: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 10: K4, *K4, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K7*, until the last two stitches, K2
Row 11: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 12: K4, *K3, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, K5* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 13: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 14: K4, *K2, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, SKPO, YO, SKPO, K4* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 15: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 16: K3, *K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K3, YO, SKPO, YO, SKPO, K3* until the last two stitches, K2
Row 17: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Row 18: K3, *K2tog, YO, K2tog, YO, K5, YO, SKPO, YO, SKPO, K2* until the last two stitches, K2

Repeat Rows 1-18 until you reach your desired length. I repeated it 2 more times for a total of 54 rows. You can also end after Row 10 and continue onto the finishing rows.

Finishing Row 1: K3, purl all stitches until the last 3 stitches, K3
Finishing Row 2: Knit all stitches and remove stitch markers

Slip stitches onto dowel rod. Weave in ends. Block.


FALLING LEAVES WALL HANING


In Color C, cast on 55 stitches, or multiples of 10 + 5.

Set up Row 1: SL1P WYIB, knit all stitches until the last stitch, P1
Set up Row 2: SL1P WYIB, knit all stitches until the last stitch, P1

Row 1: SL1P WYIB, K1, K2og, K3, *YO, K1, YO, K3, SK2PO, K3* until the last 8 sts, YO, K1, YO, K3, SKPO, K1, P1
Row 2: purl all
Row 3: SL1P WYIB, K1, K2tog, K2, *YO, K3, YO, K2, SK2PO, K2* until the last 9 sts, YO, K3, YO, K2, SKPO, K1, P1
Row 4: purl all
Row 5: SL1P WYIB, K1, K2tog, K1, *YO, K5, YO, K1, SK2PO, K1* until the last 10 sts, YO, K5, YO, K1, SKPO, K1, P1
Row 6: purl all
Row 7: SL1P WYIB, K1, K2tog, YO, K7, *YO, SK2PO, YO, K7* until the last 4 sts, YO, SKPO, K1, P1
Row 8: purl all
Row 9: SL1P WYIB, K2, YO, K3, *SK2PO, K3, YO, K1, YO, K3* until the last 9 sts, SK2PO, K3, YO, K2, P1
Row 10: purl all
Row 11: SL1P WYIB, K3, YO, K2, *SK2PO, K2, YO, K3, YO, K3* until the last 9 sts, SK2PO, K2, YO, K3, P1
Row 12: purl all
Row 13: SL1P WYIB, K4, YO, K1, *SK2PO, K1, YO, K5, YO, K1* until the last 9 sts, SK2PO, K1, YO, K4, P1
Row 14: purl all
Row 15: SL1P WYIB, K5, *YO, SK2PO, YO, K7* until the last 9 sts, YO, SK2PO, YO, K5, P1
Row 16: purl all

Repeat Rows 1-16 two more times, for a total of 48 rows or until you reach your desired length.

Finishing Row 1: SL1P WYIB, K1, K2og, K3, *YO, K1, YO, K3, SK2PO, K3* until the last 8 sts, YO, K1, YO, K3, SKPO, K1, P1
Finishing Row 2: purl all

Transfer stitches to a dowel rod. Weave in ends. Block

Happy knitting!

If you make one of these wall hangings, and post a picture on instagram, tag me so I can see it (@knitting_with_sara)!

Comments

  1. Beautiful wall hangings! I am attempting the Diamond Wall Hanging pattern, and can't seem to make the numbers work on Row 2 of the pattern. I count 16 sts per repeat. . . (*K1, yo, skpo, k1, skpo, k3, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k3*) Is there a graph to go with this?

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them!! I just recounted, and it still looks like 15 stitches to me. I can try to draw up a graph tomorrow, if you would find that helpful. My graphs don't usually turn out great, but I'm willing to give it a shot to make the pattern easier to read. Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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  2. As I was writing out the chart, I finally realized the problem in row 2. I have updated the written pattern and will post the chart shortly. Thank you so much for bringing this error to my attention!

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