Field Trip: Tender Buttons, NYC

We almost went right by it, my sisters and I, as we walked along 62nd Street in Manhattan on a humid morning in July. Luckily, the golden button hanging above the storefront caught our attention and we found ourselves on the doorstep of Tender Buttons, a shop that's been beloved by button collectors and needle artists of all sorts for more than five decades. 
I first learned about Tender Buttons in the 1980s when I was working as an assistant copy editor at McCall's Needlework & Crafts magazine. Before each issue's photo shoot, the fashion editor would make the short trip from our office on 53rd Street to Tender Buttons to select the perfect buttons for the knit and crochet sweaters that would be featured. Back in the copy editing office, we made sure Tender Buttons, along with the yarn companies, was credited in the captions. After the issue was published, I was responsible for sending tear sheets to each credited vendor. Although I found the buttons that came out of…

Crochet Pattern: Serenity Wall Hanging



I have become a bit of a crochet addict over the past few years, and I have the yarn stash to prove it. Among the new skeins in my closet awaiting the right design are dozens of tiny balls left over from other projects. I'm always looking for new ways to put those odds and ends to work, and this wall hanging is one of my favorites. It uses four Lion Brand® yarns in six different colors. I broke some some yarn crafting rules when I designed it, combining wool with acrylic, and worsted with light-weight yarns. I think they work together well, though. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind creation.

The pattern uses mostly single, double, and treble crochet stitches, but I did throw in a few rows of post stitches for added texture. As you can see by the color palette I used, I gravitate toward fall colors. I find them soothing and serene. To complete this design's earthy vibe, I added long fringe and a branch hanging rod.


Before we get to the pattern, I'd like to ask for your feedback. Add a comment or question below, or find me on Instagram or Ravelry (just click the buttons under my photo on the right). I'd love to see your version of the design in different yarns and colors!

Serenity Wall Hanging 

Finished Size: 11½ inches wide; 22 inches long, excluding fringe

Skill Level: Easy

Yarn: Lion Brand® yarns used in sample:

Fishermen's Wool® (worsted-weight wool): #126 nature's brown (A), #098 natural (B)

Shawl in a Ball® (worsted-weight cotton/acrylic): #206 peaceful earth (C)

LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo (light-weight cotton/rayon):  #135 persimmon (D)

Vanna's Choice® (worsted-weight acrylic): #158 mustard (E), #174 olive (F)


Hook: Size J/10/6mm crochet hook (use the hook that best suits chosen yarns)


Gauge: Gauge will vary, depending on yarn choices. It is not critical to this project.

Abbreviations*
bptr = back post treble crochet
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
fptr = front post treble crochet
hdc = half double crochet
rep = repeat
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
tr = treble crochet


*This pattern uses standard US abbreviations. 


Notes: This project is designed as a stash project. You can use the materials listed or substitute yarn from your own supply.  Don't be afraid to combine different weights and fibers.

The wall hanging is worked from the bottom up.

Ch-1 at the beginning of a row counts as the first sc, unless otherwise indicated.

Ch-2 at the beginning of a row counts as the first hdc, unless otherwise indicated.

Ch-3 at the beginning of a row counts as the first dc, unless otherwise indicated.

Ch-4 at the beginning of a row counts as the first tr, unless otherwise indicated.

Color changes are made at the ends of rows. Work the last stitch of the row through the final yarn over, then yarn over with the new color and pull through. Fasten off the previous color and continue with new color.

Weave in loose ends as your work progresses.


Pattern

With A, ch 42.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across , turn. (41 sc)

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next st, [ch 1, sk next st, dc in next st] across , dc in last st, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc and in each ch-sp and dc across, dc in last st, turn.

Row 4: Rep row 2.

Row 5: Rep row 3. At end of row, change to C, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 7: Ch 4, tr in each st across, turn.

Row 8: Rep row 6. At end of row, change to B, turn.

Row 9: Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, [sc in next 5 sts, dc in next 5 sts] 3 times, sc in last 6 sts, turn.

Row 10: Ch 3, dc in back lp of next 5 sts, [sc in back lp of next 5 sts, dc in back lp of next 5 sts] 3 times, sc in back lp of next 4 sts, sc in both loops of tch, turn.

Row 11: Ch 3, dc in back lp of next 4 sts, [sc in back lp of next 5 sts, dc in back lp of next 5 sts] 3 times, sc in back lp of next 5 sts, sc in both loops of tch, turn.

Rows 12 and 13: Rep rows 10 and 11.

Row 14: Rep row 10. At end of row, change to D, turn.

Row 15: Rep row 6.

Row 16: Ch 2, hdc in each st across. At end of row, change to A, turn.

Row 17: Ch 3, dc in each st across, turn.

Rows 18 and 19: Rep rows 2 and 3.

Row 20: Rep row 2. At end of row, change to E, turn.

Row 21: Ch 2, hdc in each st and ch-sp across. At end of row, change to C, turn.

Rows 22-24: Rep rows 6-8. At end of row 24, change to B, turn.

Rows 25-30: Rep rows 9-14. At end of row 30, change to F, turn.

Row 31: Ch 1, sc in next st, [ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st] across , sc in last st, turn.

Row 32: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), [dc 2 tog in next ch-sp, ch 1, sk next st] across , dc in last st. At end of row, change to D, turn.

Row 33: Ch 2, hdc in each st and ch-sp across, turn.

Row 34: Rep row 16. At end of row, change to A, turn.

Row 35: Rep row 6, turn.

Row 36: Rep row 7, turn.

Row 37: Ch 3, fptr in next st, [bptr in next st, fptr in next st] across, dc in last st, turn.

Row 38: Ch 3, bptr in next st, [fptr in next st, bptr in next st] across, dc in last st, turn.

Row 39: Rep row 37. At end of row, change to E.

Row 40: Rep 16. At end of row, change to C, turn.

Rows 41 and 42: Rep rows 7 and 8. At end of row 42, change to B, turn.

Rows 43-47: Rep rows 9-13. At end of row 47, change to D, turn.

Row 48: Rep row 16. At end of row, change to F, turn.

Row 49: Ch 2, hdc in next st, [ch 1, sk next st, hdc in next st] across, hdc last st. At end of row, change to A, turn.

Row 50: Rep row 17.

Row 51: Ch 7 (counts as first tr and ch-3), sk next 3 sts, tr in next st, ch 3, sk next 3 sts, [tr in next st, ch 3, sk next 3 sts] across, tr in last st, turn.

Row 52: Ch 1, [3 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc in next tr] across, working last sc in 4th ch of ch-7. Fasten off.


Finishing

Weave in any remaining loose ends. Block the finished piece, if desired.

To make the fringe, cut 82 12"-long pieces of the desired yarn. (I used Shawl in a Ball. The fluffy texture worked perfectly for fringe.) Attach strands of yarn in pairs along the bottom edge of the wall hanging with lark's head knots.

To hang the finished piece, weave a dowel or small branch through the open spaces along the top edge. Fasten a hanging cord to each end of the dowel.

©2019 Kathleen Berlew



Here's a photo of my finished wall hanging on display in my happy place--a shady corner of our garden where I sip tea, crochet, and soak up my daily dose of serenity. Peace, love, and happy stitching everyone!