Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging, My Turn

In April 2021, in issue 68, Crochet Now! published my Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging. What a dream come true to be published in a magazine! It is an overlay mosaic crochet pattern. I used Scheepjes Organicon yarn (4-ply, fingering weight) and as per their requirements the pattern was written in UK terminology.

Now that the rights to the pattern have reverted to me, I am publishing it using my normal template. I use US terminology and I write up my patterns for two techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You can get 20% off your purchase of this pattern – scroll to the end for the code! *Offer expired.

The sample in the image above uses only two colors and was done by an Anonymous Squirrel using the interlocking technique. The other wall hangings are also interlocking crochet. The mosaic sample I made for the magazine, shown below, uses 7 colors (1 main color and a series of 6 contrasting colors).

Photo courtesy of Practical Publishing

I created an eBook a few months ago called “Parisian Wall Hangings”. The “Fleur-De-Lis Wall Hanging” and “Une Autre Fleur” are now, finally, joined by my original Paris-themed pattern: “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging”. You can get the eBook on Ravelry or Etsy. I will be sending all the updates today to those who already purchased the eBook and have been patiently waiting for this final pattern.

When I was trying to come up with a design to submit to the magazine I saw a photo with the Eiffel tower in the background and this was sort of how the colors went. The bottom was in shadow with orange highlights from the setting sun. Then there was the bright yellow sun which shone up into the clouds in a way that made everything look pastel pink/purple. And then at the top of the photo, past the clouds, you could see a little bit of sky. But the sky had a haze that made it a bit green-y. And there you have it. My color inspirations.

I tried to keep the chart small but I think it got a bit larger than I anticipated. It is a large wall hanging in my opinion. The chart size is 117 x 211 and my sample was 19″ x 38″ (48cm x 95cm).

It is common in the UK to use 4-ply yarn, but here in Canada (and also in the USA) I know a lot of crocheters will go, “I don’t want to use thread!” (to be clear… 4-ply/fingering/1-super fine weight yarn is NOT thread, I was exaggerating). Fingering weight yarn just isn’t as common here. You can learn more about yarn weights from the Craft Council. And you can try using YarnSub.com to find a similar yarn if you don’t have access to Scheepjes Organicon.

You could also use a thicker yarn. It will make your finished piece larger. But the image will still show up just fine!

I still grin like a maniac when I think about how cool I am to be published in a magazine! Celebrate with me by taking 20% off your purchase of the “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging” or the “Parisian Wall Hangings” eBook (which includes “Eiffel Tower Wall Hanging”, “Fleur-De-Lis Wall Hanging”, and “Une Autre Fleur”) by using code “PARIS20”. Offer valid on my listings on Ravelry and Etsy, expires August 30, 2021.

This is my “is this real?” face – I am in a magazine!

Blooming Owl Wall Hanging

My musical husband has a guitar strap on his classical wooden guitar with these floral motifs. Everytime I see it I think of an owl.

Obviously I couldn’t just draw it as it is, but I think I captured the idea of a flowery owl in my newest wall hanging: Blooming Owl.

My husband loves it!

I used fingering weight yarn. This is also called 4-ply or 8/4 depending on where you live. Craft Council lists it as a weight 1 – super fine and states it can also be called sock yarn.

The black yarn is “110 Jet Black” Scheepjes Catona. It is 100% mercerized cotton. The small balls are only 50 grams and have 125 metres of yarn. Scheepjes suggests a 2.5 – 3.5 mm needle (I believe that specifically refers to knitting needles). I used a 2.5 mm crochet hook.

I used a full 2 balls. There was barely anything left over (see photo below). So, make sure you match my gauge or grab an extra skein. If you’re going to grab an extra one you might as well grab two! 😉

The gold yarn is actually called “Copper” (oops, it is called “Ginger”). It is from SweetGeorgia Yarns’ Tough Love Sock Yarn line. We looked online at YarnCanada.ca and I gave Mitch a few options. He said this color was “it” and he didn’t care that it was also the most expensive.

It comes in a twisted hank of 115 grams which gives you 425 yards of soft, silky wool. I only used half the skein.

It cost me $3.65 CAD per ball of Catona, so $7.30 total (but I did buy a 3rd ball just in case). The Tough Love Sock yarn was $33.95 but I only used half, so it cost me about $17 for this project. It felt really expensive to buy the fancy color Mitch wanted but it was so worth it because this is just beautiful to look at.

It was my first time using my fancy yarn swift! It is fun having toys! This is one of the more expensive things I own (related to yarn crafts). I don’t usually buy yarn that comes twisted because it just gets all tangled up. This was easy to set up and I turned the hank into a cake in a few short minutes!

The “Tough Love Sock Yarn” is 80% merino wool with 20% polyamide. Because it is a hand-dyed yarn it gives my finished piece a sort of mottled look where the dying process created slightly different shades in the yarn.

Like all of my patterns, this pattern is written for my two favorite techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet. You can choose to use your favorite method or you can try something new!

I used the mosaic method because I wanted the fringe on the bottom and I wanted to use the strings at the top to attach the wooden dowel. I created a short YouTube tutorial with some tricks for attaching the dowel.

YouTube tutorial: Adding a Dowel

If you use interlocking crochet for your project you can add fringe to the bottom and whipstitch the dowel to the top. Instructions are included in the PDF pattern.

Both techniques work the design starting at the top-right corner going down to the bottom-right corner. I designed it to sideways because of the mosaic fringe.

The PDF includes written line-by-line instructions for both techniques and two charts; one is marked with x’s for overlay mosaic crochet. I haven’t created a YouTube video on how to use the x-marked charts yet. I have only just started updating my patterns to include a marked chart.

The other chart can be used for both techniques and I have tutorials on YouTube for that!

Grab your copy of my “Blooming Owl Wall Hanging” on Etsy or Ravelry and get 15% off your entire cart*!

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