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Why should weaving get the spotlight when it’s almost as easy to make a knit wall hanging?
Over the summer we switched up a lot of rooms in our home so the girl could move her bedroom upstairs and have a little bit more privacy. So she’s now in what used to be my office, which moved to the former guest room.
I kind of wanted to paint before I moved in, but I wanted the moving to be done more, so we all still have builder beige walls. And I’ve hung up exactly one piece of art since I moved more than three months ago.
But I knew one thing I wanted to do was to make a knit wall hanging worked on giant knitting needles.
I have two little walls on either side of a big window that are the perfect place for a bit of fiber art, and this is a great project for filling in that awkward space.
Because it’s worked on huge size 50 US knitting needles, this knit wall hanging takes less than an hour to knit and it’s completely customizable depending on the yarn you have, the colors you like and how many different yarns and textures you want to include in your project.
This one is admittedly pretty tame — much more neutral than I envisioned for the space or expected to want — but I really love it. Change it up however you like to make it work for your space.
To make this project you need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase stitches by make one and (maybe) bind off.
Materials for the Knit Wall Hanging
To make a wall hanging like mine you will need:
- two balls Buttercream Glossy (I used one in silver and one in taupe) or about 100 yards total jumbo yarn of your choice
- one pair size 50 US knitting needles (mine are Lion Brand)
- materials for hanging as desired
Making the Knit Wall Hanging
Holding both strands of yarn together, cast on 3 stitches.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 1, make 1, knit 1, make 1, knit 1. 5 stitches.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 1, make 1, knit to last stitch, make 1, knit 1.
Purl 1 row.
Repeat the last 2 rows until project is the width you would like. Mine is 15 stitches.
Work in Stockinette Stitch until piece is the length you would like.
Finishing a Knit Wall Hanging
There are a couple of different options for finishing a knit wall hanging.
You can leave it on the needle and tie string to it to hang.
You can use a stick or a dowel instead of the needle and tie a string on it to hang.
Or you can bind off and then attach the string. Or just hang it from the nail like I did. Because I had cut the yarn before I bound off, I ended up with loose ends on both sides, which I just left. I also turned the cast on strands into a tassel and added a few more. I may add even more because I have a little yarn left.
Originally I thought I wanted to keep the banner on the needle (because I have two pairs of knitting needles and thought I had lost one needle, but then I found it) but I don’t love the red with the neutrals.
I think I like the bound off top the most.
What do you think?
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