Last week, I had the pleasure of making my 4th appearance (I joked with them that if I come on again, I’ll need a 5 Timers Jacket, a la SNL) on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family. This go ’round, I brought the kitsch with a vintage-inspired, Santa Wall Hanging that’s as fun to make as it is to display! Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned yarn crafter, or complete novice, this project is a great way to merry macramé .
Watch the segment here, then make your santa (or elf!) from the instructions below. Happy handmade holidays!
Santa Wall Hanging
by The Knit Show’s Vickie Howell
8” Macramé hoop (embroidery hoop will work, too!)
1 ball each Big Twist Yarns Natural Blend, in colors: Winter White and Scarlet
— or equivalent chunky-weight yarn
Hot glue & gun
Hold 3 strands of Winter White yarn together, cut to 40”. Tie yarn onto top of hoop using the Larks Head Knot as follows:
1a. Fold strands in half to form a loop; slide loop under hoop top.
1b. Feed tails over hoop top and through loop.
1c. Pull to close knot. You’ll now how a hanging yarn strand bunch.
Repeat this process across top of hoop, six times total (or until you’re satisfied with coverage.)
Tie 4 strands from hanging bunches at a time onto hoop bottom using the Half Hitch Knot as follows:
2a. Wrap yarn bunch over and around hoop bottom.
2b. Feel tails through loop creating by wrapping.
2c. Pull to close knot.
Cut 26” strand of Scarlet yarn. Using the Larks Head Knot (above), tie yarn onto top of hoop (nestling the Scarlet knots amongst the winter white), but let the strands hang in the opposite direction. Repeat process six times total.
Knot all hat strands together to form hat shape.
Make a white pompom (using your favorite method). Hot glue to top-knot of hat.
Tie an additional piece of yarn for hanger to hat knot.
Trim bottom hanging strands to desired beard shape. Unravel yarn strands to create wavy beard.
Freeform cut Santa eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth and mustache from craft felt. Hot glue into place.