With October behind us, it’s (gasp) time to start thinking winter vibes! Fall is my favorite season, but winter is definitely a close second. Because CHRISTMAS!
We don’t go crazy with Santa stuff at our house, but he does bring one gift to each of our kids on Christmas morning. (The 6 year old is the only one who still believes… but the 11 and 13 year olds play along for his sake.) And I’ve never been a huge fan of the whole “be good or you won’t get presents” thing, but when I recently saw some wall art at a store that featured a spying Santa and the “I Saw That” phrase, I laughed out loud and knew I wanted to create a crocheted wall hanging version! I showed it to my older boys, and they got a kick out of it, too.
So while this particular finished piece will probably sit in Christmas storage until my youngest grows out of Santa and can appreciate the silly joke, I thought I’d share the pattern for it with all of you!
I used a wooden dowel from the craft store for my wall hanging, but you could also use a strong stick from your yard. And while I embellished mine with tassels, you could do fringe instead. Make it your own!
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“I Saw That” Santa Wall Hanging
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Crochet Language: American Standard
19.5″ tall x 7.5″ wide (not including tassels or dowel)
#4 medium weight acrylic yarn recommended. The approximate amounts and colors I used are:
COLOR A (ivory): 110 yds
COLOR B (white): 35 yds
COLOR C (mauve): 2 yds
COLOR D (pale pink): 15 yds
COLOR E (red): 25 yds
COLOR F (black): 10 yds
5.0mm (H) hook
16 SC x 18 rows = 4”
You’ll also need: 12″ dowel (or stick cut to size)
Terms and Abbreviations:
SL ST (slip stitch)
SC (single crochet)
YO (yarn over)
SURFACE CROCHET (slip stitching across the top of the crocheted fabric – Repeat Crafter Me has a great tutorial here)
(1) CH1s at the beginning of rows/rounds do not count as stitches.
(2) CHANGING COLORS: In the stitch before a color change, complete the final step of the stitch with the new color; sp you’ll work the stitch, and when it’s time to pull through the final loops, you’ll drop the first color and pull through with the new color.
(3) READING THE CHART: Odd-numbered rows are worked right-to-left, and even-numbered rows are worked left-to-right. You’ll begin in the bottom-right corner of the chart.
(4) CARRYING YARN: For this project, I did not carry any yarn within stitches of different colors. If I only needed to drop a color for a handful of stitches, I simply picked it back up again when it was time.
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR WALL HANGING
With COLOR A, CH31.
Row 1: Beginning in 2nd CH from hook, SC across. (30)
Rows 2-90: CH1, turn; complete corresponding row on Color Chart A.* (You’ve already completed chart Row 1.) (30)
COLOR CHART A (Click chart to enlarge):
Once you’ve completed the first chart, fasten off. Weave any ends into the back of the project.
Use the next chart to add the black “I SAW THAT” lettering and the red and white borders on the top and bottom of the project. The lettering is done with surface crochet using a crochet hook (see pattern notes above for a link to a tutorial); the borders are done with a yarn needle (one color at a time).
COLOR CHART B (Click chart to enlarge):
Secure all ends into the back of the project.
Complete the following:
- Block project (optional, recommended)
- Add tassels or fringe (optional)
- Attach project to dowel
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you’re sharing your project on social media, be sure to tag me @yarnandchai.design!