Macrame has sure come a long way since the 70’s but a crochet wall hanging pattern has always been more my jam! However, now you can have the best of both worlds with our ‘Mock-Rame’ diamond design!
Ever since I found Windy Chien’s Instagram feed when she was working on ‘The Year of Knots‘, I’ve been mesmerized by her absolutely gorgeous knot work. If you’re a fan too, you may have noticed her Diamond Ring piece as the inspiration behind our own crochet wall hanging pattern. I love how the knots meander around the rings and it’s so tactile.
International Bloggers Club – Hooked on Crochet Challenge
It’s time for another International Bloggers Club (IBC) challenge and this month our theme is Hooked on Crochet. The IBC is a group from all over the world who challenge each other every month to make something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was ‘Pleatherable Leather‘ and we created a cool leather wrapped handle on a remote control holder!
You’ll find our friends’ crochet ideas at the bottom of the post. So don’t forget to check them out before you go. And if you don’t have time to browse today, pop back in later in the week to pick up where you left off.
What is Mock-Rame?
According to my definition (don’t tell Webster), mock-rame is about creating a knot-like texture that imitates macrame using a crochet hook.
I find cotton the best fibre to use for wall decor, like our DIY Dream Catcher. For the sake of simplifying the making of the video, I’m using 100% cotton macrame cord. It’s 3mm; exactly the same as we used for this Japanese Glass Float DIY and this DIY Air Plant Holder. However, if you REALLY want to honour the beauty of Windy Chien’s work, you’ll need to bump up the thickness of the cord substantially.
For the final reveal, I actually re-made the piece using two different sizes of cording: good ‘ol clothesline and a smaller cotton braid! As you see, there isn’t enough contrast between the rings and white macrame cord.
Before we start, can anyone guess what these upcycled plastic rings actually are?
They are locking rings for a paint cans to prevent leakage during shipping! Once they are removed from the cans, they can’t be used again. Hubs always saves me the coolest stuff to upcycle and I love dreaming up ways to use the random things he collects for me!
Materials for Crochet Wall Decor
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- 2 spools of 3mm macrame cord (although I use white, natural is a better choice since the rings are white)
- 100 feet of 1/4″ Clothesline and 50 feet 9/64″ braided cord (you can use the 3mm macrame cord above)
- Plastic locking rings (9 or 15 if you want to go bigger). See if a local paint store carries them so you don’t have to buy a case!
- Large crochet hooks (#7 for macrame cord version 1 – bigger for version 2)
- Fishing line
- Magnetic studs (useful if hanging on a metal door) or screw for hanging on a wall
Crochet Wall Hanging Pattern Texture
Let’s have a look at the difference between the macrame cord and the clothesline.
Both are lovely, but the clothesline gives me the look and texture that does justice to the inspiration piece.
How to Start Crochet Wall Hanging
I completely made this up as I went along so I can’t even tell you the name of a stitch. I just looked at Windy’s piece and started crocheting this intuitively. Perhaps it exists somewhere as an actual recognized crochet stitch; I don’t really know.
First watch the video to get a feel for how this two part stitch is worked.
There are a few cardinal rules for this crochet pattern.
- One compete ‘knot’ is a two stitch process.
- You will be working with a left cord and a right cord. Keep in mind for the clothesline version that the left cord is the smaller one.
Although I’m using thread stands to keep it all organized for the video, you don’t really need these.
- The left cord ALWAYS comes around the crochet hook from front to back. On the other hand, the right cord will alternate coming around the top and then bottom of the ring as I’ll explain below.
- When starting the first ring, the left cord should come over the plastic ring, while the right cord should come under as shown.
To start, knot the two ends together and create a slip knot. By the way, leave more of a tail than I do when you tie the ends together!
Bring the left cord around the crochet hook from front to back. Hold it in place.
Then pick up the right cord. Bring it through the ring from underneath (be sure to push the left cord over to the right side as you do this or it won’t twist properly around the knot). Again, bring the cord over the hook from front to back as shown.
Pull it through the two loops on the hook. Tug on the ‘right’ cord to tighten up and bring it around the back as shown, then drop it.
Now, pick up the left cord (give it a tug too to neaten up the stitch). Remember the cardinal rule: the left cord stitch is ALWAYs the same: bring it over the hook from front to back.
Pick up the right cord. This time, the cord is coming from the top and it comes over the hook from back to front this time.
Again, pull it through the two stitches on the hook. The stitches look loose below, so pull on each cord to make it consistent with your other knots.
That’s it for the two stitch combo! It’s actually easy peasy once you get into the groove. Now all you need to know is how to join the rings together.
Joining the Rings of the Crochet Wall Hanging
Crochet pairs of the stitches described above around each ring until you want to join a ring.
Line the rings up as shown. When you’re ready for the right cord to come around the top, bring it around both rings (i.e. around the top of the ring being joined) and complete the stitch. That will effectively join them together.
In this instance, I want to crochet in the opposite direction. So rotate the rings so the new one is on the bottom. You may have to adjust the macrame cord to keep it all organized.
Continue crocheting with the pairs of stitches as described above. If necessary, also reposition your cord so the left cord and right cords always remain as left and right cords – i.e. don’t twist them and get them mixed up.
Untwist the Left Cord
As you crochet, you may find that the left cord tends to twist on itself as you work, as you see below. Every once in a while, take the spool (or cord hank) and rotate it (in my case clockwise) to untwist. Do this as frequently as needed.
Cover the 2nd ring about 3/4 as shown, then join the next ring in the same manner.
Again, cover the 3rd ring 3/4 around as you see below.
But this time, for the 4th ring, instead of crocheting in the opposite direct, you’ll continue onto the next ring in the same direction. Simply line up the new ring and bring the right cord through both to join. You’ll see examples of joining on the video.
Formation of Crochet Wall Hanging Pattern
In order to know where to join each ring, I suggest that you temporarily attach all the rings together in formation.
For this project, I’m sticking with a diamond formation just like Windy. However, unlike the inspiration piece that has 15 rings, my version is scaled down to nine.
It’s helpful to draw a diagram that indicates how much coverage you want on each ring and where the rings actually join together. A circle template is handy for drawing your pattern.
It’s also important to note that some rings must be joined before you actually crochet on them entirely. Add an ‘X’ on your diagram so you remember to join these rings as you crochet.
Mark the Work Surface
It’s also helpful to place some ‘markers’ – in this case green painters tape – onto the work surface so you know where each ring falls in formation. That way, when you have to ‘shift’ things around in order to crochet a particular ring, you can re-form the diamond to join the rings correctly. Here’s an overview of the rings in formation as I continue from ring four onto five.
And here is the formation a little further along after joining rings five and six.
Keeping Track of Where to Join
Another way to keep track – when the rings are out of formation, is to place green tape on the ring itself (before moving anything) at your start and end point.
Here you can see green tape on the ring at the start and end (where the black yarn is tied). Now you can move the rings out of formation and freely crochet with the work in front of you.
As you near the end point, put the rings back into formation again to check. Then join the next ring.
Here’s a peak of the second version with green tape marking the start and end points.
I love how the crochet snakes around from ring to ring!
Now we are ready for the next join:
Finishing the Crochet Wall Hanging Pattern
On the last ring, I crochet right under the two legs for the final join. Note that you don’t have to join; you can stop short on the last ring like Windy does instead of connecting them.
Regardless of where you end, cut the two cords and bring them around to the back. Since these rings are recessed, you can use the crochet hook to weave them through the legs on the back.
Knot the cords together.
Continue pulling the cords through and then trim them off with scissors.
If you happen to leave the cords too short, like I did at the beginning, a rug hook can grab those short pieces and pull them through on the back.
Neat and tidy on the front.
Crochet Wall Hanging Reveal
So here’s a few things about this project to keep in mind.
- If you use the 3 mm macrame cord, it is not stiff enough to keep the diamond formation without help when hanging. The good news is that you can place screws in the wall to catch the rings at the back to hold them in formation and they will be hidden in the recess. Or, do what we did further ahead and use magnetic studs as standoffs on a metal door.
- Because the first version is white on white, it doesn’t show the beauty of the line as it travels around the rings as Windy’s inspiration piece does. So you really need to have contrast between the rings and the cord you use. Windy uses wood rings. So in retrospect, it’s preferable to either use a different colour cord OR paint the plastic rings for better contrast. For that reason, instead of showing this on a light coloured wall, I shot the diamond ring against a black background in hopes it will show the crochet stitching better.
Truth be told, this version of the diamond ring against the black background actually reminds me of the old IKEA store layout map with it’s never ending maze. I affectionately doctored it and coined it ‘Pax-Man’ – with the IKEA logo gobbling up the line – when we were installing my Pax cabinets in the making of a craft studio part III. What can I say? I’m just a punny girl!
I was able to use magnetic studs (typically used on pegboard) to act as standoffs on our metal door. The shaft slots into the ring recess on the back of the rings. Place a few strategically and the magnets are perfect for keeping our mock-rame diamond from swinging whenever anyone leaves or enters!
As an artistic expression, I much prefer the clothesline version of the diamond ring! As Windy says, it’s “all about the texture and the traveling line.”
Here it is on the front of our metal door. I use fishing line to hang it, but on the wall a screw will easily hold it because of the recess in the back of the ring.
I love the texture of our ‘Mock-Rame’ crochet wall hanging pattern! But I love Hubs even more for the challenge of this fun upcycle! I feel so accomplished when a good upcycle comes together just as I imagined it!
CROCHET FOR A CURE
I only recently started to crochet again and when both our moms passed away last year I created the Kalya Pillow in their honour which started our Crochet for a Cure fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds from our online crochet e-pattern shop are being donated to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s!
You read that right! 100% of all e-pattern sales will be donated to Alzheimer’s so please visit to check us out. You’ll not only get a quality pattern, but can feel good about your money going to a great cause :). It’s a win-win!
Crochet brings a creative freedom that I really enjoy and I recently had the opportunity to participate in our local satellite of the Crochet Coral Reef.
Pin Crochet Diamond Ring
Pinning is always welcome and appreciated :).
IBC Hooked on Crochet Challenge
Want more crochet ideas? Don’t forget to visit these awesome ‘Hooked on Crochet‘ projects from our friends below.
- Dementia Sensory Mat – Unique Creations From Anita
- Fun with Plaster and Doilies – Songbird
- Mock-Rame Diamond from Birdz of a Feather (that’s us!)
- DIY Doily Air Plant Holder – A Crafty Mix
Crochet Wall Hanging FAQs
Can you crochet a wall hanging?
Yes, as a matter of fact, you can make it look like macrame – or in this case ‘mock-rame’ with just a few simple stitches. Watch our video to see how.