I hope you weren’t expecting to get out of June without a new wall hanging design. After last year’s Moon Rise Wall Hanging was like turning on a light in my head and also so well received, I had been thinking about a wall hanging design for Pride. It took me a while, I have so many discarded or rejected sketches in my Stitch Fiddle for this design, I finally made one that I really love – so, say hello to the Rainbow Cactus Wall Hanging.
This design is exactly as it’s named, a cactus and rainbow but you could certainly not do a rainbow if you’re into that sort of thing. Me? I’m always about rainbows. And lately very interested in cacti, so naturally I decided that I needed to find a way to combine the two in wall hanging form while also exploring color movement with some fun waves. I think it turned out so fun but what do you think?
I’ve said it before, but when it comes to color work you should do what works the best for you. I used bobbins for this particular pattern and made sure to turn the piece back and forth rather than in a circle as I worked the rows. I have a couple Reels on my Instagram that show how I change colors from the front and also the back, so if you’re struggling with changing colors those might help you. But I firmly believe that anyone can make a color work project like this, you just need to know how to make a single crochet 🙂 Oh, and a little bit of steam blocking will help straighten your piece right up.
And keeping with industry standards, if you’d like written instructions to this pattern you can pick those up in my Ravelry shop. I know talking about money is often icky but I split up these patterns this way so that people do have an incentive to pick up the pdf, it helps me to keep making patterns here on my blog. I hope you understand.
Anyway, I hope you like this pattern and give it a try. Please wear and wash your masks and be kind to each other. And like last week’s Flora Rainbow Earrings, the proceeds of this pattern sold during June will be donated to the Trevor Project and to Trans Lifeline.
Please note: I was provided the yarn for this pattern by We Crochet for the purposes of designing the Rainbow Cactus Wall Hanging crochet pattern, without compensation. Recently We Crochet made a huge social media eff up and I don’t agree with their stance on queerness (I feel like that’s obvious) but I had this pattern done before they made their post and I am going forward with its release. Using the yarn I already have on hand is not condoning a company but I have removed the affiliate links for this pattern, you can literally use any worsted weight yarn for this design. <3 <3
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Where to purchase the Rainbow Cactus Wall Hanging crochet pattern
Intermediate (need to know how to read a graph and do color work)
- US G (4.00 mm) crochet hook
- Worsted weight/ size #4 yarn
- I used Brava Worsted from WeCrochet but you can use literally any worsted weight yarn you have on hand
- 10 colors
- Less than 1 oz/ 62 yds each color
- Notions: scissors, measuring tape, yarn needle
- Wooden dowel/stick (more than 14″ across)
- 17 sc x 20 rows = 4” (blocked)
Terms/ Stitches used
- Ch: Chain
- St: Stitch
- Sc: Single crochet
- RS: Right side
- As is industry standard, this pattern is just a free graph and not written instructions but you can purchase the pattern for a fee in my Ravelry shop.
- This pattern is worked from the bottom up, row by row with a turn at the beginning of the row.
- The ch 1 at the beginning of the rows does not count as a stitch.
- The odd rows are the RS.
- This pattern doesn’t require you to carry the yarn, just use bobbins where necessary and change colors on the last pull through of the sc.
- In the photos: Brava Worsted by We Crochet – color A is white variegated (BW in Cake Pop Speckle), color B is purple (BW in Lady Slipper), color C is brown (BW in Sienna), color, color D is blue (BW in Denim), color E is medium green (BW is Peapod), color F is dark green (BW in Dublin), color G is light green (BW in Fig), color H is orange (BW in Orange), color I is yellow (BW in Caution), and color J is red (BW in Red).
Blocked Rainbow Cactus Wall Hanging Finished Product Details (approx)
Rainbow Cactus Wall Hanging Crochet Pattern Graph
Key: color A is white, color B is purple, color C is brown, color D is blue, color E is medium green, color F is dark green, color G is light green, color H orange, color I is yellow, and color J is red.
Row 81: A: From where you left off on Row 80, ch 1, turn, sc around the wooden dowel/ stick and into Row 80 across – 55 sc
Row 82: Ch 80, skip the entire row, slip st into the first st of Row 81 — 1 ch-80 space
Fasten off, weave in your ends.
Feel free to add any details, such a fringe or surface crochet, to customize the final look of your wall-hanging. I added 11 colors along the bottom, 5 pieces each, for the inclusive Pride flag.