Crochet With Kate: Little Hearts
Little hearts are not just for Valentine’s day! Hang them around your house, make them for wedding favours or tie them on to gift tags! In our Crochet Club tutorial this week, Kate Eastwood shows you how to crochet three dimensional hearts…
To make Kate’s fabulous hearts, you will need:
Crochet instructions for this tutorial are in UK terms. Don’t forget our brilliant Crochet Conversion Chart if you use US terminology!
Chain 3 and join with a slip stitch. Chain 1, and work 9 dc in to the ring. Round 2: 2 dc in each stitch, 18 stitches.
Round 3: dc in each stitch, 18 stitches.
Round 4: dc in each stitch, 18 stitches.
Round 5: dc in each stitch, 18 stitches.
Round 6: dc in each stitch, 18 stitches and slip stitch in to the first stitch, cast off.
Make a second circle and do not finish this one off as you will now join the two circles together with 5 DC stitches. You might find this a tiny bit fiddly first time – but as long as you end up with two tops joined together you’re there !
Make sure the joining seam of 5 stitches is on the underside of the two tops, and that you have a neat little indent between the two circles on the outside.
Round 7: Continuing with the last loop/stitch from your row of 5 stitches, dc all the way around the heart, with the round being completed when you get back to the central point where you started. You may find it helpful to mark your start point with a stitch marker or safety pin.
Round 8: dc all the way around, decreasing at each side. (To decrease just crochet 3 stitches together.) After Round 8, turn the heart inside out and finish off the ends. Use the two starting ends to carefully pull up and close any little gaps left in the starting circles and thread them into a needle – stitch do a couple of running stitches around the tops as these too can be gently pulled to close any holes.
Use the finishing end from the first circle to thread through the centre of the 5 stitch seam to make a little hanging loop. If you prefer you can just sew this end in and use a piece of ribbon or string to make a hanging loop instead.
Turn the heart back the right way, pick up the last stitch from Round 8 and continue. Round 9, 10, 11 and 12: DC all the way around, decreasing at each side.
After Round 12 I stuff each side of the heart carefully. I use a regular soft toy stuffing for this.
Round 13: dc all the way round, decreasing at each side, AND also in the centre back, again by DC three stitches together.
Rounds 14 and 15: DC all the way round, continuing to decrease at the sides and the centre front and back.
You will now get to the point where it may be too fiddly to continue in rounds so simply join the last stitches together to make the finishing point of the heart, just remember to put the last remaining stuffing in before the hole gets too small.
Cast off, and using a needle, thread the last end in to finish the heart off.
Happy heart-making! Don’t forget to share gorgeous pics of your hearts on our Projects page!
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