I’m thinking Free Pattern Fridays should be a thing on this blog. This week I have decided to post one of my own projects for free! See the original post announcing this pattern here. The color work patterns offered for free in this post include A B C and 1 2 3.
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Check out my shop on Etsy where you can purchase a printable PDF of this entire project, including all letters A-Z and numerals 0-9! The PDF is formatted without comments or ads, and includes large color instructional photos.
I envision these wall hangings as a fun item to make for your own classroom, or to gift to a teacher! These could also work in a child’s room or play room, or you can use plain dowels instead of pencils to make these fit into regular decor. The color work charts can also be integrated into other projects such as larger wall hangings, banners, or blankets. There are many options for customization!
And now for the instructions!
Alphanumeral Wall Hangings
- Difficulty Intermediate
- Finished Size 5 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches
- Gauge 21 sc x 21 rows = finished size
- Stitch Guide ch(s) – chain(s), sc – single crochet, flo – front loop only, st(s) – stitch(es), rs – right side, ws – wrong side, yo – yarn over
- Special stitches co – cast on (as in knitting)
- Notes This project uses the Fair Isle method for color change. Strands are carried on the back (ws) of the work. Panels are worked in rows from the top down. Each box in the diagram represents a sc. Each panel is 21 rows x 21 sts.
- Aran/Worsted Weight Yarn in two colors (main color [mc] and contrasting color [cc])
- USH/8 (5.00mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Unsharpened pencils (Two per panel)
(See following tutorial pictures)
- With mc, co 22 sts to the first pencil using the long tail method (as if casting onto a knitting needle). Jump to pictures for this step here.
- (RS) Hold pencil so that the sts are facing up. Insert hook into front loop on rightmost side and pull through a loop. Ch1 and sc in same st. Sc in flo of each stitch across (21 sc). Ch 1 and turn. This completes the first row. Jump to pictures for this step here.
- Refer to the color work pattern for the letter or number you are making. Carry strands along the back (ws) of the work. Jump to pictures for this step here.
- After row 21, turn and ch 1 around the second pencil. SC around the pencil in each st across (21 sc). Finish off and weave in ends. Jump to pictures for this step here.
- Tie a strand of yarn to each side of the top pencil to hang. Jump to pictures for this step here.
Here is a great video tutorial by Deja Jetmir of Crochet Ever After if you need help with the Fair Isle method for this project: https://youtu.be/g8jHzQN-WU0
If you are not familiar with this method, here is an excellent video tutorial by Darn Good Yarn:
22 sts cast on (not counting slip knot):
Turn pencil so that stitches are facing up:
Step 2. Row 1 (rs): Ch 1, SC into FLO of stitches on pencil (now working as a crochet piece from right to left).
Hook inserted in first front loop (arrows are pointing to first five loops):
Yarn is pulled through:
First sc completed:
6 sc completed:
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from: Darn Good Yarn
Row 1 completed (right side; 21 sc made).
Turn and work next row:
Viewing work after three rows from the rs, row 1 is at the top. This is the direction that the panel will be hanging:
Step 3. Work the colorwork pattern of your choice (click the thumbnails for full size; You may need to copy-paste into a document if you cannot see the row numbers against your browser’s background).
Hold pencil above stitches, between the hook and working yarn.
YO and pull through loop.
Cross Stitch Kit
from: Darn Good Yarn
Insert hook in first sc and draw up loop:
First sc made:
The Crochet Answer Book
from: Knit Picks
5 sc completed:
21 sc completed. Fasten off and weave in ends.
And that’s it! Remember, check out my shop on Etsy where you can purchase a printable PDF of this entire project, including all letters A-Z and numerals 0-9! The PDF is formatted without comments or ads, and includes large color instructional photos.
If you have any questions about the pattern, or wish to share your creations, please leave a comment! Also please share with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook!
Color work charts were created for free at Chart Minder. It is very easy to use and you should check it out!