Made with my Addi 22 Pin Knitting Machine
I made a Giant Rainbow Wall Hanging using pool noodles, here’s how I made it
If you would like to make your own, here's what you will need
First thing first, gather some supplies. I bought my pool noodles at the Dollar Tree and I found that they are not all the same length…most measured 48″ but I did end up with a couple that were 49″. Be sure to measure them to make sure they are 48″ and if they are 49″ be sure to trim the largest one down an inch.
I also wasn’t able to find pool noodles in all of the rainbow colors. I purchased 2 red, 2 green and 1 blue so that I could try and match up the yarn colors as best I could. I had seen that Walmart had pool noodles in other colors, but their pool noodles were inconsistent in size, some were bigger around than others so I chose to use the ones from the Dollar Tree as all colors had the same measurement for the diameter.
5 pool noodles
22 Pin Knitting Machine – I have an Addi Express Professional 22 Pin
Worsted Weight Yarn – I used Big Twist Value purchased at Joann
- Varsity Red
- Varsity Gold
- Light Green
- Varsity Blue
Super Bulky Weight Yarn – I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease this yarn will be used for the pom poms
Lettuce Knife or Utility Knife for cutting pool noodles, though sharp scissors work fine too
Long Plastic Yarn Needle I purchased mine in a bulk pack on Amazon, but they sell 2-packs of these long yarn needles at Joann
For the row counts and pool noodle measurements you will need to purchase the PDF patternGiant Rainbow Wall Hanging Pattern
Cutting the pool noodles
Time to crank out those tubes
See my PDF pattern, available for purchase in my shop for the row counts I used.Giant Rainbow Wall Hanging Pattern
I use my Tension Fork™ to keep tension when knitting my tubes with my knitting machine and use a tight tension. I do sell my Tension Fork™, it is available for sale in my Etsy Shop.
Once all of the tubes have been knitted, slide them over each of the tubes. Now you are ready to put the wall hanging together.
I wasn’t sure how to describe everything that I did in writing so I have a video of how I did it. I don’t really have a proper set up to record such a large project so hopefully the video makes sense and that most of you are able to follow what I have done.
Making the pom poms
I used Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick and Quick for my pom poms, I made 3 poms at a time by using the back of a chair to wrap the yarn onto, then I tied the center strings and cut each pom. I did trim down each pom somewhat to shape them before adding them to the rainbow.
Adding a backing
I didn’t add a backing onto this wall hanging, but if you want to add one you can follow the instructions from my smaller rainbow wall hanging. I would suggest using a large poster board. I don’t know how necessary the backing is on the larger rainbow as the back only has one string that is just barely visible. For the smaller wall hanging that I make the backing helps hide some of the strings that are used to hold the rainbow together.
Thank you for making it this far
I hope you find this tutorial easy to follow! I have had a lot of fun making rainbow wall hangings and the pool noodle giant version is a really fun one to make.
If you have the time I would appreciate it if you would visit my Etsy Shop, sales on patterns and other printables such as the Rainbow Wall Hanging Care Cards help me out a lot so that I can keep adding tutorials like these on my blog. I choose to not have pop up ads, I love not having ads all over my site, I don’t want to add ads other than a few affiliate links here and there to my posts as I think ads really ruin the viewing experience. I am hoping if I can continue to make sales in my Etsy Shop to help me with my finances I can continue to add freebies to my site.
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