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It stirs so many emotions in me. Never give up. Don’t lose faith. Dream big. Now dream bigger! Everything will work out in the end. (It usually does too!)
This inspiring little word needed a place of honor in our home. A reminder to never give up hope. Something that my children would grow up reading every time they saw the tags. They’ve watched just how hard their mom has worked for months and months to prepare for this blog. And hope is what brought this dream of sharing my patterns with the world into reality. I hoped, I worked and I achieved. That’s the kind of example I want to set for them. If I can do it, they can do it too!
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses though. You wouldn’t believe how many times I asked my husband, “Do you think anyone is going to like my stuff?” He probably cringed internally every time he heard me ask, but he was always supportive of my dream and replied, “Of course they will.”
These hanging tags were modeled from gift tags or even some clothing labels. They’re fun, adorable and whip up very quickly. I didn’t block my tags, but if you would like a more flat, crisp tag then you are more than welcome to do so. I may still do that in the future. I don’t particularly care for the way they tend to curl at the corner.
What a great gift these would make to inspire others too!
I’ve included the written instructions for how to perform the Reverse Single Crochet a.k.a. the Crab Stitch for the border. It may feel awkward at first, but keep going. I know you can do it! You also have the option to just single crochet around the edges if the crab stitch just really isn’t working out for you. Just make sure you do three single crochets to make a corner. These tags use tapestry crochet to make, but if you are unfamiliar with or simply don’t want to use this technique, you are welcome to use the graph to cross stitch the letters on a solid crocheted tag. The choice is yours!
Hope Hanging Tags
* Less than 1 skein of Red Heart – Buff Fleck 5 oz / 141 g – 260 yds / 238 m
* Less than 1 skein of Red Heart Super Saver – Burgundy 7 oz / 198 g – 364 yds / 333 m
* Boye Aluminum 6-Inch Crochet Hook, H8/5mm
* Faux leather cord in brown
* Tapestry needle
Finished Size Approximately:
5 ¾”H x 4 ¼”W
16 stitches by 17 rows in a 4” (10cm) square.
Reverse Single Crochet or Crab Stitch
Insert hook into the stitch to the right, YO, draw back through st, YO and draw through 2 loops on hook. Continue working to the right the whole way around the tag. Finish off and weave end into the first crab st made.
Color-changing using a graph as a guide, where ea square on the graph represents one sc.
FC – foundation chain
ch – chain
st(s) – stitch(es)
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
ea – each
This pattern is worked from the tapered top of the tag to the wider bottom. The written instructions are for the tapered part of the tag and the first three rows of the graph. You will continue to crochet the bottom portion with the letter on it by following the graph and changing colors accordingly.
If you aren’t able to do the tapestry crochet, you have the option of simply cross- stitching the letters onto the tags. Each single crochet will be equal to one square on the graph. Each colored square on the graph would be one “X” stitch.
* American crochet terms used throughout.
FC: Ch 9
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (8 sc)
Row 2: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 6 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 3: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 3 sts; ch 2; skip 2 sts; sc in next 3 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (10 sc) (Hanging hole was made)
Row 4: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 4 sts; 2 sc in ch-2 sp; sc in next 4 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
Now you will begin working the rows of the graph.
Row 1: 2 sc in 1st st; sc in next 12 sts; 2 sc in last st; ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Row 2: 16 sc across; ch 1, turn. (16 sc)
Row 3: Repeat Row 2. (16 sc)
This pattern is the same for all four tags.
Continue by following the graphs and changing colors accordingly. Once you’ve completed Row 19, ch 1 and proceed to the edging instructions.
Note: If you will be cross-stitching the letters on, you will need to repeat Row 2 until you have 19 rows of 16 single crochets. Don’t finish off. Ch 1 and follow the edging instructions. Then finish off and with your second color and using the graph, cross stitch the letter on your tag.
For all four tags, work the crab st (reverse single crochet) evenly around the entire tag with 2 crab sts for ea corner. Finish off. Weave in end.
Cut 4 – 4” and 4 – 6” lengths of the brown faux leather cord.
With your 4” pieces, use one per tag. The same goes for the 6” pieces.
Thread your 4” cord through the hole you made in the upper portion of the letter tag. Tie the cord in a knot. Move the knot behind the tag to hide it. With the 6” cord, thread through the 4” loop that you already tied. Tie your 6” cord in a knot. Having the two looped cords keeps the tag from twisting when hanging.
I’d love to see your finished projects as well! Feel free to post any of your finished projects made from the patterns found here at Highland Hickory Designs to my Facebook page. We can have our own little showcase! (No spam please. It will be deleted. Thank you for understanding.)
What other words would you like to see made into these hanging tags?