I have a fun Christmas project for you!
I got the idea for this crocheted wall art while I was walking through the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. I kept seeing these popular farmhouse-style paintings of a wreath mounted on wood, and I thought… I could do something like that! Of course I wanted to put my own crocheted spin on it, so I gathered some supplies and got to work.
The 18″x18″ canvas, wreath and “Joy” ornament were all from Hobby Lobby, as well as the yarn I used: Yarn Bee Must Be Merino Aran in White.
First, I crocheted a 20″x20″ square piece of fabric. I did the first third of it in the Malia stitch pattern, the middle in the herringbone half double crochet stitch, and the last section in Malia again. Then, I staple-gunned it to the canvas (shout out to my dad, who is alway up for helping me with my projects), being careful to keep everything nice and straight and taut. Here’s what it looked like on the front:
And on the back:
Not so pretty on the back! But that’s just the nature of crocheted fabric. As long as the front is nice and smooth, who cares!
After I finished with the canvas, I attached the small wreath using some 20 gauge wire that I found in the jewelry section. I simply stuck the wire through the wreath in two nearby places, then through the crocheted fabric and canvas to the back, where I joined the wire ends by twisting them together. I did that again in two more places around the wreath to keep everything in place. Then I set the “joy” ornament in the middle; I didn’t attach it, because I want to be able to change it out, but you could easily hot glue it in place.
And that’s all there is to it!
You could totally crochet up a different fabric for the canvas; you don’t have to use the same stitches I did. Just make sure it’s about 2″ wider than the canvas you are using, all the way around. You’ll need those extra inches to wrap it around the edge.
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Crocheted Christmas Wall Hanging
Finished Size: 20″ x 20″ fabric (to cover an 18″ square canvas)
Hook: H (5.0 mm) or whichever hook is needed to obtain correct gauge
Yarn: Yarn Bee Must Be Merino Aran, a #4 aran weight yarn. I used about 500 yards, or a little more than 3 skeins, of the color “White”.
Gauge: 15 HDC = 4″ across.
You’ll also need: 18″ square canvas, wreath (mine is about 12″), decoration for center, staple gun, 20 gauge wire
Terms and Abbreviations:
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
HDC (half double crochet)
LBS (large bean stitch – see “Special Stitches”)
3rd LOOP (work stitch into 3rd loop only – see “Special Stitches”)
HHDC (herringbone half double crochet – see “Special Stitches”)
Large Bean Stitch (LBS)
Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (6 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (8 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 8 loops. Chain 1 to close the stitch. (Because this stitch creates two sets of loops – one when creating the bean, and one when closing the stitch – each completed Large Bean Stitch will count for two stitches in the row or round’s final stitch count.)
Half double crochet stitches have a 3rd loop that we utilize in this pattern. When working in turned rows, as in this pattern, the 3rd loop can be found just below the front loop on the side of the work that is facing you. When instructed to work in “3rd loop only”, insert your hook into this special loop. This creates a delicate braided look on the opposite side of the pattern.
Herringbone HDC (HHDC)
Yarn over, insert hook into stitch. Yarn over, pull loop through stitch AND through first loop on hook (this is similar to a slip stitch motion). Two loops remain on hook. Yarn over and pull through both loops.
(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1s at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch in the final stitch count.
(3) If you don’t want to worry about gauge, just use a ruler and chain any odd amount. Measure your first couple of rows to make sure they are about 2″ wider than the canvas.
To begin: CH77.
Row 1: HDC in 2nd CH from hook and in each remaining CH. (76)
Row 2: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 74 STS. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 3: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (76)
Row 4: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 37 times. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 5: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (76)
Row 6: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 74 STS. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 7: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (76)
Row 8: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 37 times. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 9: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (76)
Rows 10-25: Repeat Rows 2-9, in order, 2 more times. (76)
Rows 26-30: Repeat Rows 2-6. (76)
Rows 31-48: CH1, turn. HHDC in each ST across. (76)
Row 49: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (76)
Row 50: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 74 STS. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 51: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (76)
Row 52: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (SK next ST, LBS in next ST) 37 times. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 53: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (76)
Row 54: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. SC in 3rd loop of each of the next 74 STS. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 55: CH1, turn. SC in each ST across. (76)
Row 56: CH1, turn. SC in first ST. (LBS in next ST, SK next ST) 37 times. SC in final ST. (76)
Row 57: CH1, turn. HDC in each ST across. (76)
Rows 58-73: Repeat Rows 50-57, in order, 2 more times. (76)
Rows 74-78: Repeat Rows 50-54. (76)
Fasten off and weave all ends into the wrong side of the fabric.
Attaching Fabric to Canvas
Carefully attach the fabric to the canvas by wrapping it around the edges and securing it with a staple gun. Begin by choosing one edge and stapling right in its center, then stretch fabric taut and straight across canvas and staple center on the opposite edge. Keeping fabric taut, staple the center on the third edge, then staple 4th and final edge. See image for visual:
After all 4 edges are attached, continue by stapling fabric on either side of the first staple, on each edge. (I turned my canvas over several times to make sure everything was nice and straight, using the lines of the fabric as a guide.) See red Xs in image:
Continue to staple out from the center on each edge until fabric is completely attached. You can then go around and add more staples where you think they are needed.
After your fabric is attached to the canvas, it’s time to add the wreath! I attached mine with 20 gauge wire by threading both ends of one piece of wire through a section of the wreath (two different spots, but super close together), through the fabric, and through the canvas, then twisting them together on the back of the canvas. I did this in three parts of the wreath to keep everything secure.
If you want, you can add another decoration to the center. I used an ornament that I found at Hobby Lobby; I simply removed the string, and placed it strategically so that the branches covered up the holes in the ornament. I did not permanently attach the ornament, but if you want to, you can use a hot glue gun.
And that’s it! I hope you love your new wall decor!
If you’re sharing on social media, be sure to tag me @yarnandchai.design. Stay cozy!