Lately I am having a love affair with barn quilts. Don’t know what a barn quilt is? It is essentially a big quilt square painted on a piece of wood and then hung on an old barn.
There are quite a few in my area and actual “barn quilt trail” a couple counties south of me.
I’ve been wanting to make a mini one to hang in my living room and as I was planning it out a bright idea came to me. Hey! I bet I could crochet one!! So here we are, a farmhouse style, quilt square inspired crochet wall hanging. Are you excited, because I am!! I couldn’t be more happy with how this turned out.
This crochet wall hanging is made entirely from the Half Square Triangle grannies I shared with you a couple weeks ago, you can check out my tutorial on how to make these HERE if you need to more photo instruction.
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- #4/Worsted weight Cotton yarn. I used Bernat Handicrafter in Off-White, Indigo and French Blue and Lilly Sugar and Cream in Wine
- 4.5 mm hook
- Tapestry need for weaving in ends and sewing squares together
- Wooden Dowel about ½ in diameter trimmed to 14in in length.
Size and GAUGE
- 1 square = 2.25 in square
- Finished piece measures = 10.5 in square
- I use US Terminology
- MC: Magic Circle
- Ch(s): Chain(s)
- Dc: Double Crochet
- Sl St: Slip Stitch
- Sp: Space
- CA: Color A
- CB: Color B
HAlf Square TRIANGLE Instructions
For this layout you will need to make a total of 16 squares, 4 light blue, 8 red and 4 Indigo.
Each square you make start with the cream color.
Ch 3 counts as 1 dc
CB = Wine, Indigo or French Blue
With your first color (CA), make MC. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). 2 dc in ring, ch 3, 3 dc in ring, ch 2.
Drape your second color (CB) over your hook and pull it through the loop, this completes your corner ch 3. Do not cut or crochet over your yarn, just leave it behind your work. We will be picking it back up again in the next round.
Continuing with rnd 1 using CB make *3 dc in ring, ch 3. Repeat from * 1 more time. Pull tail to close center of MC. Join to top of beginning ch 3 with sl st.
Continuing on with CB, Ch 1 and turn your granny square. Sl st into ch 3 sp. Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in sp. ch 1, in next ch 3 sp make (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc). ch 1, work 3 dc in next ch 3 sp, ch 2.
Pick up CB (let CA drape behind your work). Pull yarn tight, make 3 dc in same ch 3 sp you were working in.
Ch 1. (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp. ch 1, 3 dc same sp as you started the round in. Ch 3. Join to top of beginning ch 3 with sl st. Finish off and weave in ends.
After you have all your squares done, you may choose to block them. I did not block the individual squares as they were all lying flat and close to the same size each.
We are going to whip stitch these babies together but instead of sewing through both loops on the squares, I have a little trick so the whip stitches aren’t so obvious. Haven’t done this before? Don’t worry I’ll show you.
How to whip stitch your squares together
Lay out your squares in pattern of your quilt square and admire how pretty it looks for a minute. Starting on the bottom 2 rows. “Fold” the upper row on to the bottom row so the right sides are facing together. Now we are going to sew along that top edge.
Thread your needle with a piece of yarn at least double the width of your piece (a little longer if you want). Starting in the right corner insert your needle from back to front through the 2nd ch of your corner ch 3 on both squares. Be sure to leave a tail to weave in.
Poke your needle from back to front through the back loop of the back square and through the front loop of the front square, pull tight and repeat in each stitch across. until your get to the center ch on the corner ch 3. To join a new square just poke your needle from back to front through the 2nd ch of the corner and continue like before.
To add another row, you’re going to open up the 2 rows your just sewed and fold the next row down onto it with right sides facing. Then just whip stitch it together like you did the previous row.
Now you are going to sew the vertical seams. Turn your piece 90 degrees so the vertical seams are now horizontal. Starting with the top 2 rows whip stitch them together just like above. Repeat on each row.
Border and Finishing
Rnd 1: Join yarn in any corner sp, Ch 1, sc in corner, sc evenly around placing (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner sp. When you get to the last corner sp, sc and ch 1 then join to top of first sc with a sl st. Finish off and weave in all ends.
This is where I chose to block my piece. I layed it out on a bath towel and pinned it starting in the center and working outward, shaping it as I went along. Then you can spray it with water and let it dry or if you’re like me and couldn’t find an empty spray bottle in the house, get a washcloth wet (but not dripping), lay it on your square and press it down so some of the water transfers.
Almost done!! Now you need to attach your piece to the dowel. We will be using the same whip stitching technique we used to join the squares.
Lay your piece flat and position the dowel along the top edge. Cut a long piece of yarn (you will be using this to hang the piece as well so make sure its long enough). Thread it on your needle and starting in one corner poke it through from back to front. Skip 1 stitch, then going around the dowel poke the needle through from back to front and pull tight. You may need to wrap around again on the last stitch.
Move the yarn so it is behind the dowel, tie a knot in the top, hang it up and you’re done.