Well, if you haven’t noticed, macrame is back in a big way. It is hip, boho, and a completely modern take on a retro tradition. Unfortunately, not many people know how to macrame so it has become a bit of a lost art. Since the trend started to fade back in the late 70s, many moms didn’t pass the skill down to their kids, quite unlike crochet or knitting.
Although I would love to learn how to macrame, life is already full enough with “moming”. So, instead of learning a new skill, I figured I could use the skill I already have to make some “faux macrame”.
A friend of mine requested a crocheted wall hanging from me and we both loved the one from Tales of a happy home. Click here to see her finished product and tutorial. Unfortunately, she doesn’t really have a pattern as she adapted the pattern from a link she provides. So I made up my own version to get the size width and length I needed.
The finished product measures 12″ wide by 20″ long without the fringe and 31″ long with the fringe.
See the free pattern below or click HERE for the ad free printable PDF version.
Chevron striped wall hanging:
What you will need:
- 4 mm crochet hook
- 2 contrasting colours of cotton yarn – I used Bernat Handicrafter in white and overcast
- Tapestry needle for sewing and weaving in the ends
- Stick or wooden dowel for hanging
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- sc2tog – single crochet two together
Row 1: sc2tog in 2nd and 3rd ch from hook. 1 sc in the next 9 sts.* 3 sc in the next stitch. 1 sc in the next 11 sts. Skip 2 sts. 1 sc in the next 11 sts* (repeat from * to * once). 3 sc in the next stitch. 1 sc in the next 9 sts. sc2tog in the last two remaining sts. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 2 and subsequent rows: sc2tog in the first two sts. 1 sc in the next 9 sts. *3 sc in the next st. 1 sc in the next 11 sts. Skip 2 sts. 1 sc in the next 11 sts* (repeat from * to * once). 3 sc in the next st. 1 sc in the next 9 sts. sc2tog in the remaining sts.
Repeat until you reach desired length. Feel free to put your colour changes in wherever you like, and as many colours as you like (BE CREATIVE)!
- Using two strands for each stitch, attach your fringe. I chose to make a sort of ombre look by using a mixture of the grey and white for one of thesections. Once attached, measure (this tip is from my husband who watched me completely botch the cutting process and have to redo the whole fringe) where you want the shortest fringe to end, then use a straight edge and trim the fringe on a diagonal to that point. Repeat on the other side.
- At this point I would recommend blocking your piece. I used an iron on a high steam setting with a tea towel on top of the project. Worked perfectly to iron out the bumps and to get the piece to lay nice and flat against the wall.
- Fold the top of your hanging down so that it will wrap around your dowel or stick and sew across the stitches (being careful to ensure your fold is straight so the piece doesn’t hang crooked).
- Lastly, using one of the colours of yarn in your piece, wrap tightly around both ends of the stick or dowel so you have a nice string to hang the piece from.
Tales from a happy home has great photos of the finishing process. Including fringe attachment and sewing the top around the stick.
I am so thrilled with how this project turned out. It is so cool to see the incredible things you can create with a hook and some yarn (and a bit of skill ?).
Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did!