Windowpane Blanket ~ A Free Crochet Pattern

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I have a beautiful free pattern to share with you today–the Windowpane Blanket!

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This gorgeous blanket and wall hanging design came out of a beautiful sunset I saw on a trip to the ocean. I loved this combination of pinks, corals, blues, and violets that seemed to brush themselves across the sky like a watercolor painting.

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The crochet motif that makes up this blanket uses post stitch lines that remind me of the muntins of a windowpane, suggesting a view. The corner eyelets offer a beautiful graphic contrast for the eye to dance across the dapples of color. The  pattern is offered in three sizes to create a gorgeous wall hanging, a baby blanket, or a full-size throw blanket.



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WINDOWPANE BLANKET PATTERN

SIZE

Wall Hanging

20” [51 cm] wide and 30” [76 cm] long

Baby Blanket

30” [76 cm] wide and 35” [89 cm] long

Throw Blanket

50” [127 cm] wide and 65” [165 cm] long

 



 

YARN

Wisdom Poems (100% Wool; 109 yd [100 m]/1.76 oz [50 g]); #615 Cruise:

For Wall Hanging: 5 skeins

For Baby Blanket: 9 skeins

For Throw Blanket: 26 skeins

 

Wall Hanging Yarn Substitutions: 545 yd [499 m] /9 oz [250 g] of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted weight)

Baby Blanket Yarn Substitutions: 1260 yd [1153 m] /16 oz [450 g] of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted weight)

Throw Blanket Yarn Substitutions: 3640 yd [3329 m] /46 oz [1300 g] of #4 Medium Weight Yarn (worsted weight)

 

 

CROCHET HOOK

Size H/8 [5.0 mm]

 

 

TOOLS

Yarn needle

For Wall Hanging Only: ½” [1.27 cm] dowel rod cut 3-5” [8-13 cm] wider than your crochet piece

GAUGE

One 5-round block = 5” [13 cm] square motif after blocking

 

NOTES

  • This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
  • This design offers a crochet block motif using post stitches and “wide” double crochet (double crochet worked between stitches instead of into the tops of stitches.
  • Blocks are worked in the round with Right Side facing.
  • The pattern offers instructions for a wall hanging, and baby sized, and throw blankets, but this block can be used for table runners, garments, or any sized blanket if you sew your squares into a different shape.

 

 

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS

Front post double crochet (fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook front-to-back through your work, so that the post you want to crochet around is in front of your hook; yarn over and pull through…3 loops on hook; yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook; yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook.

Long chain (LC): Instead of using a standard 3-ch turning chain, I use a long chain (LC). When you are ready to begin working a new round, simply pull a long loop up to the approximate height of your next stitch. You do not need to yarn over or pull, it will appear to be a simple loop. Go ahead and work the first stitch of the round as indicated, you will see that the LC tucks in neatly next to the stitch becoming almost invisible.

 



 

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MOTIF INSTRUCTIONS

See CHART for assistance.

Make adjustable ring.

 



Rnd 1: Ch 6 (counts as dc + ch 3), [dc, ch 3] 3 times into ring, sl st to first dc made to join rnd…4 dc, 4 3-ch sps made.

Rnd 2: LC, *fpdc around next dc, (2 dc—ch 3—2 dc) in next 3-ch sp; rep from * 4 times, sl st to first fpdc to join rnd…16 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.

Rnd 3: LC, *fpdc around next dc, dc betw fpdc and next dc, dc between next 2 dc, (dc—ch 3—dc) in next 3-ch sp, dc betw next 2 dc, dc betw next dc and fpdc; rep from * 3 times…24 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.

Rnd 4: LC, *fpdc around next dc, dc betw fpdc and next dc, (dc between next 2 dc) twice, (dc—ch 3—dc) in next 3-ch sp, (dc betw next 2 dc) twice, dc betw next dc and fpdc; rep from * 3 times…32 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.

Rnd 5: LC, *fpdc around next dc, dc betw fpdc and next dc, (dc betw next 2 dc) 3 times, (dc—ch 3—dc) in next 3-ch sp, (dc betw next 2 dc) 3 times, dc betw next dc and fpdc; rep from * 3 times…40 dc, 4 fpdc, 4 3-ch sps made.

 

CHART

Windowpane Blanket Square

For Wall Hanging: Make 24 squares. Weave in yarn ends and wet block squares to 5” [13 cm] square.

For Baby Blanket: Make 42 squares. Weave in yarn ends and wet block squares to 5” [13 cm] square.

For Throw Blanket: Make 130 squares. Weave in yarn ends and wet block squares to 5” [13 cm] square.

 



 

LAY OUT

Lay out squares in rows and columns as explained below, RS facing up. Create an arrangement with a color gradient moving from light at the bottom to dark at the top. Always work to an arrangement that is pleasing to your eye. See below for the configuration of squares and rows for each project.

For Wall Hanging:

4 x 6 (4 vertical rows, 6 horizontal rows)

For Baby Blanket:

6 x 7 (6 vertical rows, 7 horizontal rows)

For Adult Throw/Afghan

10 x 13 (10 vertical rows, 13 horizontal rows)

 



 

MAKE UP

Sew or slip stitch squares together in rows. Sew or slip stitch rows to rows until all squares have been joined. Wet block if desired, drying completely.

 



 

ADD BORDER (optional)

If desired, add a border of double crochet.

Join yarn in any corner 3-ch sp and pull up a loop.

Border Round: LC, *5 dc in corner, dc in each st and ch-sp to next corner 3-ch sp; rep from * around joining rnd with a sl st in first dc made.

 

TO MOUNT AS A WALL HANGING

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Cut dowel to size 3-5” [8-13 cm] wider than crochet piece. Sew crochet onto dowel using an overcast stitch to lash the piece to the dowel rod.

Create Hanging Cord:

Cut a generous length of yarn to hang your dowel—I used about 50” [127 cm]. Attach it by tying a double knot at one end of the dowel leaving a 10” [25.5 cm] tail, run the yarn length along the top edge of the wall hanging and tie another square knot at the opposite end of the dowel leaving another tail, trim this tail to 10” [25.5 cm].  Wrap the remaining yarn tail 4-5 times around the knot and secure by using a yarn needle to weave the tail through the back of the wrapped yarn several times, trimming excess tail. Repeat at the opposite end of the dowel to secure the second tail.



 

STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

 

”                       inches

*                       repeat the instructions following

the single asterisk as directed

betw               between

ch                    chain

cm                  centimeters

dc                   double crochet

fpdc                see Special Abbreviations

g                      grams

LC                   see Special Abbreviations

mm                 millimeters

m                     meters

oz                    ounces

rep                  repeat

rnd(s)              round(s)

RS                    Right Side

sl st                  slip stitch

sp(s)                space(s)

st(s)                 stitch(es)

WS                   Wrong Side

yd                    yards




 

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Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile Part I: The Crochet Patterns

Welcome Crocheters and DIY Enthusiasts,

Join me as we embark on a Crochet Journey together making a charming and whimsical Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile!

Here’s our itinerary…

In Part I (this post), you’ll find a full crochet pattern to make 3  hot-air balloons with with accompanying baskets and ropes, along with 4 clouds.

In Part II you’ll find a super cool tutorial about hardening your crochet projects with a process I call glue-blocking. I walk you through all the steps of glue-blocking your balloons and baskets by molding them over latex balloons to form the lovely hot air balloon shape! It’s pretty cool, and there are tons of ways to use this technique to harden crochet pieces into baskets, wall art, lampshades, or holiday ornaments…the possibilities are endless.

Finally, in Part III, you’ll learn how to assemble your crocheted mobile charms and finish your mobile frame for hanging and installation.

Along the way, I’ve included modification ideas for changing yarn weights, using variegated yars, and even lighting your balloons for an added dazzle.

I really hope you enjoy!

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SIZING
Finished Mobile:
17” [43 cm] height of charms hung from mobile frame
24” [61 cm] wide – this can be easily customized to your space depending on size and shape hoop used for mobile frame and level at which you hang your mobile charms

Hot Air Balloon A (small)
Balloon Top: 4.25” [11 cm] total length; 2.75” [7 cm] width; 8.25” [21 cm] circumference at fullest point

Balloon Basket: 0.75” [2 cm] total length; 1” [2.5 cm] width; 3.5” [9 cm] circumference at fullest point

Hot Air Balloon B (medium)
Balloon Top: 6.5” [16.5 cm] total length; 4” [10 cm] width; 12.5” [32 cm] circumference at fullest point

Balloon Basket: 1.25” [3 cm] total length; 1.5” [4 cm] width; 5” [12.75 cm] circumference at fullest point

Hot Air Balloon C (large)
Balloon Top: 9” [23 cm] total length; 5.5” [14 cm] width; 16.5” [42 cm] circumference at fullest point

Balloon Basket: 1.5” [4 cm] total length; 2” [5 cm] width; 6.5” [16.5 cm] circumference

Clouds: 2.5” [6.5 cm] length; 5.25” [13.5 cm] width

 

YARN
For Balloon Tops, Baskets, and Basket Ropes:
Baby Bee Sweet Delight (60% Acrylic/40% Polyamide; 377 yds [345 m];4 oz [115 g]): 1 skein each color.
Colors:
A: Sand Castle #404 (used in Hot Air Balloon color stripes and Baskets)
B: Bashfull #76
C: Pooltime #59
D: Flannel Marled #402
E: Sunkisses #16
F: Boo Pink # 40
G: Sugarplum #60
H: Surf Baby # 66
I: Teddy #14 (for Basket Rope)
For Clouds:
J: Yarn Bee Cotton XXL (100% cotton; 50 yd [46 m]; 3.5 oz [100g];
White #100; 1 skein.

Yarn Substitutions:
For Balloon Tops, Baskets, and Ropes: #3 Light Weight Yarn (DK weight) in 9 colors.
For Clouds: #5 Bulky Weight Yarn (Chunky weight) in white.

 

CROCHET HOOKS
For Balloon Tops, Baskets, and Ropes: Size G/6 [4.0 mm]
For Clouds: Size L/11 [8.0 mm]

TOOLS
Yarn needle

 

SPECIAL TOOLS for Glue-Blocking and Mobile Installation
3 latex balloons –12” latex balloons
White school glue such as Elmer’s
Washable container that you don’t mind getting messy OR freezer paper to cover your work surface. If you use the shiny side of the freezer paper, the glue does not stick to it as pieces dry.
Waste yarn/string for hanging your Balloon Tops to dry.
Spray starch for pressing clouds (optional)
Balloon pump (optional)
Sewing needle and white or light-colored sewing thread for attaching Balloon Tops to Baskets and hanging Hot Air Balloons and Clouds to mobile frame
12” x 20” Quilter’s Wooden Embroidery Hoop to serve as mobile frame
Mug Hook for ceiling installation

 

GAUGE
15 sts and 12.75 rows = 4” in granny row half double crochet after glue-blocking.

Note: Gauge does not need to be precise for this project. Use a hook size appropriate for the yarn you choose—check the yarn label for guidance. Feel free to go down a hook size for a denser fabric texture.

 

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS
increase shell [inc sh(s)]: 6 hdc worked in sp indicated
long shell [long sh(s)]: 3 hdc worked worked over/around the ch-sp of previous rnd and in the sp of 2nd previous rnd indicated
shell(s) [sh(s)]: 3 hdc worked in any sp indicated
space(s) [sp(s)]: not the same as a conventional chain-space; refers to the area between shells or between individual stitches of increase shells
NOTES
• This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
• This pattern is worked in the round with Right Side of the work facing you at all times.
• Weave in ends as you go to reduce finishing: optional, but helpful when you are changing colors with each round!
• Allow several days for the glue to dry completely depending on the humidity level in your workspace.
• If your glue-blocked balloon is not hard enough or still has soft spots, you can repeat the stiffening process by adding more glue wherever needed and allowing it to dry completely.

 

MODIFICATION IDEAS
• Use a different yarn weight. This pattern works in any yarn weight, but the dimensions of the finished project and the amount of glue you
need will change if you use a different yarn weight than the pattern
states.

• Change the balloon size. You can also change the size of the balloon by working more or fewer increase rounds alternating with “work even” rounds until you achieve a balloon top diameter you like. You would also need to adjust the length of the Balloon Body and the number of decrease rounds to keep your balloon in proportion.

• Change the color and style. Consider using a variegated yarn for different color effect. If you use a continuous strand of yarn instead of changing colors, you will need to slip stitch to the appropriate starting point at the end of each round worked. I think the easiest way to do this is to complete the current round, turn the work so the Wrong Side is facing, and slip stitch back to a starting point (1 or 2 slip stitches) as directed in the instructions, turn the work again so the Right Side is facing and you are ready to begin the next round.
Psst! This would mean only 2 yarn ends to weave in on the balloon instead of about 60…something to think about!

• Add Lighting Inserts (Optional, but so fun!) Use battery-powered flameless tea light candles to add a charming lighting element to your hot air balloons by placing the candle into the balloon basket for easy access to turn on and off. For an even more authentic hot air balloon experience, use a flameless candle that has a flickering effect! This functions as a sweet nightlight for your little one or pretty piece of home décor.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Balloon A (small)
Balloon Top
Note: Change yarn colors with each new round, fastening off after each round and joining yarn in st or sp indicated.

Make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: With any color: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 11 hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd, tighten adjustable ring to close…12 hdc.

Rnd 2: Join new color in any hdc. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, sk next hdc, *sh in next hdc, sk next hdc; rep from * around…sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Rnd 3 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, *inc sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs.

Rnd 4: Join new color in any sp betw inc shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sk 3 hdc, sh in center of next inc sh (working betw 3rd and 4th hdc of inc sh), *sh in next sp betw inc shs, sh in center of next inc sh; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Balloon Body
Rnds 5-6 (work even): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, * sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd.

 

Balloon Bottom
Rnd 7 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs, 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 8: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…4 lshs; 4 shs.

Rnds 9-10: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

Rnd 11 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…4 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 12: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it (see photo for assistance). Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…2 lsh; 2 shs.

Rnds 13-14: Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…4 shs.

Basket A
Special Note for Baskets made from one yarn: If you are making your Basket using one continuous strand of yarn as shown here, you will need to slip stitch your working yarn into position to start your next round at the beginning of each new round. At the end of each round, turn the work so the Wrong Side is facing, slip stitch back to the corner ch-sp or sp as directed, turn the work again so the Right Side is facing and you are ready to begin the next round.

With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in ring, (ch 1, 3 hdc) three times into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring to close…4 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnds 2-3: Sl st to nearest sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in each sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…4 shs.

 

Balloon B (medium)
Balloon Top
Note: Change yarn colors with each new round, fastening off after each round and joining yarn in st or sp indicated.

Make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: With any color: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 11 hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd, tighten adjustable ring to close…12 hdc.

Rnd 2: Join new color in any hdc. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, sk next hdc, *sh in next hdc, sk next hdc; rep from * around…sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Rnd 3 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, *inc sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs.

Rnd 4: Join new color in any sp betw inc shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sk 3 hdc, sh in center of next inc sh (working betw 3rd and 4th hdc of inc sh), *sh in next sp betw inc shs, sh in center of next inc sh; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 5 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp betw shells, *inc sh in next sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs and 6 shs.

Rnd 6: Join new color in center of any inc sh. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps *sh in center of next inc sh, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…18 shs.

Balloon Body

Rnds 7-9: (work even): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, * sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd.

Balloon Bottom

Rnd 10 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs, 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 11: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…6 lshs; 6 shs.

Rnds 12-13: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 14 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs; 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 15: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…3 lsh; 3 sh.

Rnds 16-18: Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Basket B
See Special Note for Basket A.

With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in ring, (ch 1, 3 hdc) five times into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring to close…6 shs; 6 ch-sps.

Rnds 2-5: Sl st to nearest sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in each sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

 



 

Balloon C (large)
Balloon Top
Note: Change yarn colors with each new round, fastening off after each round and joining yarn in st or sp indicated.

Make an adjustable ring.

Rnd 1: With any color: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 11 hdc into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd, tighten adjustable ring to close…12 hdc.

Rnd 2: Join new color in any hdc. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same st, sk next hdc, *sh in next hdc, sk next hdc; rep from * around…sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 shs.

Rnd 3 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, *inc sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs.

Rnd 4: Join new color in any sp betw inc shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sk 3 hdc, sh in center of next inc sh (working betw 3rd and 4th hdc of inc sh), *sh in next sp betw inc shs, sh in center of next inc sh; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 5 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp betw shells, *inc sh in next sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs and 6 shs.

Rnd 6: Join new color in center of any inc sh. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps *sh in center of next inc sh, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…18 shs.

Rnd 7 (increase rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 5 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps, inc sh in next sp, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around, sl to to first hdc to join rnd…6 inc shs, 12 shs.

Balloon Body

Rnd 8: Join new color in center of any inc sh. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 3 sps *sh in center of next inc sh, sh in next 3 sps; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…24 shs.

Rnds 9-12 (work even): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, * sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd.

Balloon Bottom
Rnd 13 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs, 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 14: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next 2 sps, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next 2 sps; rep from * around…6 lshs; 12 shs.

Rnds 15-17: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…18 shs.

Rnd 18 (decrease rnd): Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in next sp, ch 1, sk next sp, *sh in next 2 sps, ch 1, sk next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs; 6 ch-sps.

Rnd 19: Work as for Rnd 14…6 lsh; 6 sh.

Rnds 20-21: Join new color in any sp betw shs. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…12 shs.

Rnd 22 (decrease rnd): Work as for Rnd 14…8 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 23: Join new color by attaching yarn around any ch-sp and the sp of the 2nd prev rnd beneath it. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp working around ch-sp of prev rnd and into sp of 2nd prev rnd beneath it (lsh made), sh in next sp, *lsh in next sp of 2nd prev rnd/around ch-sp, sh in next sp; rep from * around…4 lshs; 4 shs.

Rnds 24-26: Join new color in any sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, *sh in next sp; rep from * around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

 

Basket C
See Special Note for Basket A.

With Color A:
Make adjustable ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in ring, (ch 1, 3 hdc) three times into ring, sl st to first hdc to join rnd. Tighten ring to close…4 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 2 (increase rnd): Sl st to nearest corner ch-sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), (2 hdc – ch 1 – sh) in same ch-sp, (sh – ch 1 – sh) in each ch-sp around, sl to to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs; 4 ch-sps.

Rnd 3: Sl st to nearest corner ch-sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same ch-sp, sh in each sp or ch-sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

Rnds 4-6: Sl st to nearest sp betw shells. Ch 2 (counts as hdc), 2 hdc in same sp, sh in each sp around, sl st to first hdc to join rnd…8 shs.

 

Basket Ropes (Make 3)
Make a chain 2” [5 cm] longer than the circumference of the Basket you just made. Repeat to make a Basket Rope for each Basket.

 

Cloud (make 4)
With J and larger hook:
Round 1: Ch 5, 3 dc in first ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 8 dc in same ch, working on bottom side of foundation chain, sk 1 ch, sl st in next ch, 5 dc in same ch, sk 1 ch, sl st in first ch worked to close round.
Fasten off; break yarn leaving 12” [30.5 cm] tail.

If your cloud has any gaps from working into the center, you can use the yarn tail(s) to invisibly sew it closed from the back. Weave in yarn ends.

 

FINISHING
Turn Balloons and Baskets Wrong Side out. Weave in all yarn ends.
Glue-block by following these instructions. Press clouds with a warm iron and a little spray starch, if desired.

 

STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

”                    inches

*                    repeat the instructions

following the single

asterisk as directed

betw            between

ch                chain

ch-sp           chain-space

cm               centimeters

dc                double crochet

dec             decrease

g                  grams

hdc              half double crochet

inc                increase

m                 meters

mm              millimeters

oz                 ounces

prev             previous

rep               repeat

rnd(s)           round(s)

sk                  skip

sl st               slip stitch

st(s)              stitch(es)

yd                yards

yo                yarn over

 

Well done! You’re ready to travel on to Hot Air Balloon Nursery Mobile Part II: Glue-Blocking!

Yours in Stitches,

Sara

 
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Blooming Boho Wall Hanging

When I came across this gorgeous crochet motif chart on Pinterest, I saw in my mind’s eye a beautiful boho cotton wall hanging for my home. Today it’s hanging in my baby girl’s nursery-in-progress, and the pattern is ready to be shared with you, my Crochet Friends!

You can buy a copy of the pattern here or use the site to work with the pattern completely free!

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I’ve been in love with all the #bohointeriors wall art pieces I’ve been seeing around lately. I love the lacy looks, natural colors, and peaceful, organic styling with lots of texture. There’s always a potted plant somewhere against a bare wall with a gorgeous ivory rope piece of macramé, have you noticed? Well, I just adore it even though I haven’t got a potted plant! So this is my crocheted ode to that whole vibe. Ahhh, a lacy peace blossom with a classic crochet aesthetic.

 

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I finished crocheting this project on the 4th of July and my little girl had a ball waving her crocheted “flag” threaded onto a dowel rod before I had a chance to cut it down. Made for some sweet photos! Fly your crochet flags proudly, Crocheters!

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In case you’re not a chart-lover like me, the pattern below offers written instructions that include my tweaks to the design to transform it from a lace motif to a large wall hanging. Prefer a video? I found out that there is a free instructional video available for this crochet motif. I haven’t used it myself, I’m a chart girl, but you might love it!

 

The chart has a few areas that are hard to see, and also doesn’t tell you precisely how many chains to use here and there, so I improvised with those and wrote in my substitutions. I also added another round of the treble crochet groups to add a little more weight to the edges of the hanging and created instructions to make hanging loops for a simple ½” dowel you can find at the craft or hardware store to mount your wall hanging. If you are lucky enough to live in an area with abundant driftwood available for collection, more power to you! Gor. Geous. And so boho.

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I live in central Illinois and have plenty of spindly sticks in my yard after every rainfall, but somehow it doesn’t have the same effect.

I finished my wall hanging with tassels to create more movement and free-spiritedness. I’ve included the link to my favorite tassel tutorial in the instructions. Also, I learned I’ve been making fringe the completely wrong way, but we don’t need to talk about that.

If you enjoy my patterns, please consider buying the ad-free PDF download for $2 or click some ad links here on my blog. I really appreciate your support!!

YARN

Peaches n’ Crème (100% USA cotton; 14 oz/400 g: 706 yd/645 m) in colorway white #263001: 1 cone

 

CROCHET HOOK

Size G/6 [4.0 mm] hook

 

TOOLS/MATERIALS

Yarn Needle

1/2” wooden dowel rod and tools to cut the dowel to size



 

STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS

”                       inches

*                      repeat the instructions following

the single asterisk as directed

betw               between

ch                    chain

ch-sp              chain space

cm                  centimeters

dc                   double crochet

dc4tog           double crochet 4 together

g                      grams

m                     meters

mm                 millimeters

oz                    ounces

rep                  repeat

rnd(s)              round(s)

RS                    Right Side

sc                    single crochet

sk                     skip

sl st                  slip stitch

st(s)                 stitch(es)

tr                      treble crochet

tr2tog             treble crochet 2 together

tr4tog             treble crochet 4 together

tr6tog             treble crochet 6 together

tr7tog             treble crochet 7 together

WS                   Wrong Side

yds                  yards

 

 

INSTRUCTIONS

See original crochet chart source here.

Round 1: Ch 8, sl st to first ch to join round.

Round 2: Ch 1, 16 sc into ring, sl st to first sc made to join round…16 sc made.

Round 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1), (dc, ch 1) in each sc around, sl st to first dc made to join round…16 sc, 16 ch-sps made.

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and each st and ch-sp around, sl st to first sc made to join round…32 sc made.

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, (ch 5, sk next sc, sc in next sc) fifteen times, ch 2, dc in first sc made to join round (counts as 5-ch sp)…16 5-ch sps made.

Round 6: Ch 4 (counts as tr), 4 tr in same 5-ch sp, (ch 4, sc in next 5-ch sp, ch 4, 5 tr in next 5-ch sp) 7 times, ch 4, sc in next 5-ch sp, ch 4, sl st to first tr made to join round…8 5-tr shells made, 16 4-ch sps made.

Round 7: Ch 4 (counts as tr), 2 tr in same st, tr in next 3 tr, 3 tr in next tr, (ch 3, 3 tr in next tr, tr in next 3 tr, 3 tr in next tr) 7 times, ch 3, sl st to first tr made to join round…72 tr, 8 3-ch sps made.

Round 8: Ch 3, tr in next tr (counts as tr2tog), tr in next 5 tr, tr2tog over next 2 tr, (ch 6, sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 6, tr2tog over next 2 tr, tr in next 5 tr, tr2tog over next 2 tr) 7 times, ch 6, sc in next 3-ch sp, ch 6, sl st to first tr2tog made to join round…16 tr2tog, 40 tr, 16 6-ch sps made.

Round 9: Ch 3, tr6tog over next 6 sts (counts as tr7tog), (ch 6, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 6, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 6, tr7tog over next 7 sts) 7 times, ch 6, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 6, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 3, dc to first tr7tog to join round (counts as 6-ch sp)…8 tr7tog, 24 6-ch sps made.

Round 10: Ch 1, sc in same 6-ch sp, ch 7, sc in next 6-ch sp, [ch 2, 7 dc in next 6-ch sp, ch 2, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 7, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 7, (4 tr – ch 7 – 4 tr) in next 6-ch sp, ch 7, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 7, sc in next 6-ch sp] 3 times, ch 2, 7 dc in next 6-ch sp, ch 2, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 7, sc in next 6-ch sp, ch 7, (4 tr – ch 7 – 4 tr) in next 6-ch sp, ch 3, tr in first sc made to join round…4 (4 tr – ch 7 – 4 tr), 16 7-ch sps, 8 2-ch sps, 28 dc made.

Round 11: Ch 1, sc in same 7-ch sp, ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp, ch 7, (dc4tog over next 4 tr, ch 4, dc4tog over last tr and next 3 tr), [(ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) twice, ch 7, tr4tog over next 4 tr, ch 7, (tr4tog – ch 7 – tr4tog) in next 7-ch sp, ch 7, tr4tog over next 4 tr, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) twice, ch 7, (dc4tog over next 4 tr, ch 4, dc4tog over last tr and next 3 tr)] 3 times, [(ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) twice, ch 7, tr4tog over next 4 tr, ch 7, (tr4tog – ch 7 – tr4tog) in next 7-ch sp, ch 7, tr4tog over next 4 tr, ch 3, tr in first sc made to join round…16 tr4tog; 8 dc4tog; 4 4-ch sps; 36 7-ch sps made.

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in same 7-ch sp, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) twice, ch 3, 7 dc in next 4-ch sp, ch 3, sc in next 7-ch sp, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) 3 times, ch 4, (4 tr – ch 7 – 4 tr) in next 7-ch sp [ch 4, sc in next 7-ch sp, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) 3 times, ch 3, 7 dc in next 4-ch sp, ch 3, sc in next 7-ch sp, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) 3 times, ch 4, (4 tr – ch 7 – 4 tr) in next 7-ch sp] 3 times, ch 4, sc in next 7-ch sp, ch 3, tr in first sc made to join round…4 (4 tr – ch 7 – 4 tr); 24 7-ch sps; 8 3-ch sps; 8 4-ch sps; 28 dc made.

Round 13: Ch 1, sc in same 7-ch sp, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) twice, ch 7, sc in center dc of next 7-dc group, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) 3 times, ch 7, sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 7, (sc – ch 7 – sc) in next 7-ch sp, [ch 7, sc in next 4-ch sp, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) 3 times, ch 7, sc in center dc of next 7-dc group, (ch 7, sc in next 7-ch sp) 3 times, sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 7 (sc – ch 7 – sc) in next 7-ch sp] 3 times, ch 7, sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 3, tr in first sc made to join round…44 7-ch sps; 44 sc made.

Round 14: Ch 4 (counts as tr), 2 tr in same 7-ch sp, (5 tr in next 7-ch sp) 8 times, (5 tr – ch 3 – 5 tr) in next 7-ch sp, [(5 tr in next 7-ch sp) 10 times, (5 tr – ch 3 – 5 tr) in next 7-ch sp] 3 times, 5 tr in next 7-ch sp, 2 tr in next 3-ch sp (forms 5 tr group), sl st  to first tr made to join round…48 5-tr groups; 4 3-ch sps made.

Round 15: Sl st to space between same 5-tr group and next 5 tr group, ch 1, sc betw both 5-tr groups, (ch 5, sc betw next 2 5-tr groups) 8 times, (sc – ch 5 – sc) in next 3-ch sp, [ch 5, sc] betw next 2 5-tr groups] 11 times, ch 5, (sc – ch 5 – sc) in next 3-ch sp] 3 times, (ch 5, sc betw next 2 5-tr groups) twice, ch 5, sl st to first sc made to join round…56 5-tr groups; 4 3-ch sps made.

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

HANGING LOOPS

Join yarn at top right 3-ch sp and pull up a loop.

Row 1: Ch 1 sc in same 3-ch sp, (ch 7, sc betw next 2 5-tr groups) 13 times, ch 7, sc in next 3-ch sp.

Fasten off. Break yarn leaving 6” tail.

 

FINISHING

Weave in all yarn ends.

MAKE TASSELS

Make five 5” tassels—I used this tutorial and tassel-making finally “clicked” for me and I immediately began scanning my environs for items to be-tassel.

You can also make simple fringe.

Tie or attach tassels or fringe evenly spaced across bottom of wall hanging. I used the corner 3-ch sps and 5-tr groups as a guide to place my tassels. Weave in any tassel ties.

BLOCK

I opted to wet-block this wall hanging and also used a little spray starch alternative (Mary Ellen’s Best Press) and pressed it with an iron on the cotton setting to press the fabric into shape. I also lightly steam-pressed my tassels to straighten out the fibers.

 

MOUNT WALL HANGING ON DOWEL

Insert a dowel you have trimmed to size into the Hanging Loops, making sure to run the dowel into the loops in the same direction to the loops lie neatly on the rod. I sanded my dowel a little prior to hanging, but you totally don’t have to. My husband is a woodworker, so I had all the gear and his blessing to give it a whirl [literally] with the orbit sander.

He smiled when he saw my sanding results (it got away from me a little and I used an insanely high grit, as it turned out), but I was mucho satisfied.

MAKE HANGING CORD

Cut a generous length of yarn to hang your dowel—I used about 50”. Attach it by tying a double knot at one end of the dowel leaving a 10” tail, run the yarn length along the top edge of the wall hanging and tie another square knot at the opposite end of the dowel leaving another tail, trim this tail to 10”.  Wrap the remaining yarn tail 4-5 times around the knot and secure by using a yarn needle to weave the tail through the back of the wrapped yarn several times, trimming excess tail. Repeat at the opposite end of the dowel to secure the second tail.

Ta-Da!!!

Peace out with your Boho-fabulousness!

Yours in Stitches,
Sara