Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Crochet a Valentine Heart

Our Share the Crochet Love event is coming up soon and, Maxine, one of our members decided that she wanted to try her hand at figuring out her own heart motif. We asked her if she'd share the directions here on the blog to give people an idea of one of the projects we're offering at the event.

Project description:
A simple heart motif that can be used as a pendant or as a decoration on clothing and accessories; motif is worked in the round

Skill level:
Advanced beginner and higher

Stitches used:
  • sl st (slip stitch)
  • ch (chain)
  • sc (single crochet)
  • hdc (half double crochet)
  • dc (double crochet)
Yarn: Approximately 6 yards of worsted weight yarn for each heart; the samples are made with Lion Brand Vanna's Choice. If you use a different weight yarn, you may have to adjust amount of yarn.
Hook: Size J10 (6.00 mm) or comfortable size for your tension and the type of yarn you choose
Tapestry needle and scissors

You may want to substitute the magic ring method (aka magic circle) to make the base ring instead of the instructions listed below.

Base ring: Ch 4, join with sl st to 1st ch to form ring
Rnd 1: Ch 1, then work all of the following st into the ring: sc, hdc, 9 dc, hdc: 12 st
Rnd 2: Sl st into first st, 2 hdc into next st, 3 dc into next st, (hdc, 2 sc) into next st, sc into ea of next 2 st, 3 sc into next st, sc into ea of next 2 st, (2 sc, hdc) into next st, 3 dc into next st, 2 hdc into last st: 24 st (including beginning sl st)
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends

Here's several hearts in three colors of pink yarn, strung together for a decoration. Cut yarn to length desired, then tie an overhand knot every three or four inches. When you want to attach a heart, pass the yarn lengths through the center hole and tie with another knot.

We hope everyone enjoys making this quick and fun little motif!