Crochet doilies and colourful felt feathers make for a vibrant Scandi twist on a traditional design. Learn how to make a dreamcatcher-style wall hanging with our step-by-step tutorial created by Erin Black for Mollie Makes magazine – for more easy-make craft projects and creative inspiration, subscribe to Mollie or click here to find out more.
“Dreamcatchers were traditionally used by The First Nations of North America to protect children from nightmares. I loved the idea of celebrating historical traditions while coming up with something new to crochet.
I decided to add a vibrant set of colours to a Granny-style doily to create a simple, pretty design – and colourful felt feathers also add a touch of whimsy. The long adjustable string lets you easily untie and re-tie it wherever you want – hang it from a window, keep it in a nook in your hallway, or display it at your desk. And because it’s so quick and easy, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to whip up more dreamcatchers – luckily your local craft shop should have all the supplies.”
Follow the free crochet dreamcatcher pattern below to make your own, then share your makes using #molliemakers. This crochet dreamcatcher pattern uses only simple crochet stitches, all of which you can find in our how to crochet section, but it will also help if you know how to crochet in the round too!
You might also be interested in our how to make a dreamcatcher tutorial, which uses left-over craft supplies to make a more traditional style of dreamcatcher, as well as more information about traditional uses and how to support indigenous Native American dreamcatcher makers.
You will need:
You will also need to print out this Feather template from issue 54
The finished crochet dreamcatcher is 10cm (4″) diameter with a fringe approx. 12cm (4¾”) long.
Tension is not important for this project, just aim for a finish you are happy with.
If you’re looking for more fab free crochet patterns for the home, why not try hooking up our free Crochet basket pattern or our Free crochet picture frame patterns. Or you could always learn How to crochet chevron cushions or How to make crochet jar covers with our fun tutorials!
Free crochet dreamcatcher pattern – How to crochet a dreamcatcher
You Will Need
- Crochet hook
Ch8, ss to first ch to form a ring.
Ch2 (counts as first dc in this round and all following), 15dc in ring, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [16dc]
Ch2, ch3, *miss 1 st, 1dc in next st, ch3; repeat from * to end of round finishing with miss 1 st, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [8 3ch-sps]
Ss into first 3ch-sp, ch2, 3dc in same 3ch-sp, 4dc in each of next 7 3ch-sps, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [32dc]
Ch2, ch6, *miss 3 sts, 1dc in next st, ch6; repeat from * to end of round; finishing with miss 3 sts, join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss [8 6ch-sps]
Ss into first 6ch-sp, ch2, 3dc in same 6ch-sp, ch2, ss around hoop (note: here and at all ss on this round, hold yarn at back of hoop so when you do the next ch st you bring the yarn over the top of the hoop again, giving it an extra secure join), ch2, 4dc in the same 6ch-sp, ch2, ss around 10 cm hoop, ch2, *(4dc, ch2, ss around 10 cm hoop, ch2, 4dc, ch2, ss around 10 cm hoop, ch2) all in next 6ch-sp; repeat from * to end of round; join into the top of the 2nd ch from start with a ss. Break yarn, fasten off and sew in ends.
Cut 12 x 25cm (9⅞″) pieces of yarn and tie each one in half around the hoop to form the fringe. Using the feather template opposite, cut out five felt feathers and attach, with yarn, over the fringe. Make an 80cm (31½”) chain as a tie and attach it to the top of the dreamcatcher for hanging.
And that’s how to make a dreamcatcher style wall hanging! Hang yours above your bed and scare all the bad dreams away! Share a picture of your crochet dreamcatchers with us on Instagram using #molliemakers, and don’t forget to subscribe to Mollie Makes to get creative inspiration delivered to your door every month!
If you fancy some more amazing crafty projects to decorate your home, why not try our free crochet hexagon wall hanging pattern. Or get really crafty with our how to make a tassel wall hanging tutorial or our how to make an embroidered wall hanging tutorial.