Wall Hanging: L&T SAL 2018

My Linen and Threads SAL project is now a wall hanging!

Wall Hanging from Linen and Threads 2018 SAL

We haven’t selected a place for it in the living room yet, but when we do, this is how it’ll look.

I added decorative crochet edgings to the top and bottom of the piece, a dowel at the top, and a fringe at the bottom. The fringe is still wonky, and I’m hoping to find methods to straighten it. If all else fails, I’ll just find some heavy-ish beads to add to it, and that should do it.

Edging Details of Linen and Threads 2018 Wall Hanging

I made up the crochet edging as I went, and had to redo the first row quite a lot to find the right crochet hook size to work with – scrunching up the cross stitch fabric is obviously a deal breaker. Turns out the 4mm one was perfect. I used the crossed double crochet pattern for the main feature of the edging – though I added a treble crochet stitch, and worked on the wrong side: * sl 2 st, tr in 3rd st, dc in 1st slipped st, dc in 2nd slipped st. *

Knitting-wise, I’ve completed the brioche section of the yoke, and have started finishing the neck using an i-cord bind off. When that’s done, I’ll move to the sleeves.

Amherst Cardigan brioche yoke

Looks like my swatching didn’t catch my distinct loose brioche purl gauge. I tried to fix it as I continued, but it persisted. This definitely calls for more practice! ๐Ÿ™‚

During this knit, one of the thin (2mm) bamboo needles that I was using for the brioche section cracked. (Doesn’t that happen to all of us at some point on the job? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) Well, when I’d bought the needle set, I knew it would happen some day. There are no local yarn stores near me, and I’ve been waiting for discounts on steel needles online, but they never seem to be on. International shipping and possible customs taxes would make the cost prohibitive without discounts, so for now, I’ve bought a cheap set of thin metal needles as replacement – after all, it’s not every day that I use the thin ones! (This might be the first project that I’ve had to go so thin.)

Have you ever had needles crack or come apart during a project?


16 thoughts on “Wall Hanging: L&T SAL 2018

    • Ah yes, wire is a problem too. (I completely forgot about the wooden crochet hook I almost ruined with wire crochet. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) You must have created beautiful things from the wire, though.

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  1. Anita, your wall hanging is stunning!!! You did a fantastic job with your stitching and the colors you used and the finish is just perfect. Congrats on a great finish. Your sweater is looking beautiful and the stitches are so perfect. Iโ€™ be only used bamboo needles a couple of times. I have had the end come off of a wooden needle. I love metal needles. I have always been a straight needle gal, until this last year. I have used cable needles in the past and have quite a collection of them. But since getting into knitting shawls and cowls, I have really grown to like them. There is a pair of cable needles, canโ€™t remember the brand, that I did not like. The needles spin on the cables, so no matter which way you grab them, they donโ€™t twist the cable. But I did find that my yarn kept getting caught where the needle connects to the cable. It was very frustrating and I ended up having to purchase another set of cables in that size. We do what we have to do, donโ€™t we? Happy stitching ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you Ginny! I’m elated that the edgings fit the piece so well. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’ve loved cable needles since the first time I used them – they just feel easier on the hands to me. The spinning needles sound fancy but it sure feels like fancier things create more problems than they solve – and I’m not talking just knitting needles. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Truly an elegant wall hanging. Your crochet edging compliments it perfectly. ~applause & standing ovation~
    Your brioche is spectacular, love the texture. Looks hard to do though.

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    • Thank you, E.C.! ~bows~ ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that I didn’t have to experiment too much with the edging, and it just worked.
      The brioche seems hard, but it’s pretty easy once you knit a few rows. In the middle of the current project, it suddenly occurred to me that I must be working the brioche all wrong, since the knitting was flowing too smoothly to be true. Rewatching videos assured me that I was still knitting it right, and it was a mild surprise, really. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Both projects look great, and you did a great job with the edging of the wall hanging!
    As for the needles… I broke one of my beloved sock knitting wooden needles from the Knit Picks set, luckily I still have 5 in the same size. But some of the metal needles from my Drops interchangeable set are no longer straight from being used all the time ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  4. Your tapestry-ization of your SAL piece turned out very nice. You might try pinning the bottom edge and fringe to a blocking tile and blocking them with a little wet steam and then put your beads on. The color choice of the edging was a good one. You’ve created a real treasure.

    I ‘m a confirmed metal needle gal, hooked on ChiaoGoo needles I have their sock set of DPNs which consists of six sets of five needles ranging in size from 2.0 mm to 3.25 mm.in a cloth zippered case. I have a gazillion of their circular needles. The cords that connect the two stainless steel needles are very narrow gauge metal rope chain covered with plastic and have absolutely no memory. They have lengths of from 9 inches to 60 inches in their circulars and have two types of tips, regular and “lace” tips with a longer taper, which I adore. They make straight needles as well, but I don’t have any. They also have a line of bamboo needles, but I’ve never used them. I will speak to the quality and workmanship of the metal needles though. Lots of bang for your buck and reasonably priced.

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    • Thank you! Blocking is probably what I’ll end up going with, since I haven’t found too many straightening methods specific to fringes.
      Your needles sound awesome to me – a dream to knit with!


  5. Dear Anita, I just loved your wall hanging! I loved the colors and the medieval look of the piece. I think it takes a lot of patience to do something like this and I admire you for that. I also love your polymer clay pieces. You are very creative! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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    • Thank you very much for your kind words, Mihaela! It’s a different kind of satisfaction, seeing a super-long project finally finished. Creative credit for the medieval look goes to the folks at Linen and Threads, of course, and I’m glad my choice of colors turned out fine! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hope you continue to have a wonderfully creative time as well – I love how you’re using up your scrap clay in beautiful ways in your current series.


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