Do you like my crochet heart garland?
I’ve been wanting to make one for a while but have always found hearts a bit tricky!
I like to try and figure crochet out for myself. I love admiring other people’s work and I will make things from the lovely patterns from my Simply Crochet magazine subscription. But I figure that if I want to sell my crochet makes then they should be a PatternPiper original – including the pattern.
I know that there are similar crochet hearts out there, but I can honestly say that I worked out this dinky little heart pattern all by myself and haven’t referred to any other patterns or tutorials.
So, here is my first attempt at writing a tutorial – it’s blumin hard work don’t you know! I’ve probably gone into far too much detail, but I’m a self taught crocheter and I wanted to make sure that my tutorial makes sense to other people. Just because it makes sense to me doesn’t mean it will to everyone! Also, I’ve been offered the opportunity to hold some beginners crochet workshops at Furniture Magpie – a fabulous furniture renovation shop in my local town – so this is a good opportunity to see if I can explain crochet to other people.
The lighting in the photos isn’t great and I did want to add symbols to the photos but it would have taken me weeks to get my head round the photo editing software that I have – maybe something to aim for in the future. Also, my laptop is about a million years old and I’m not kidding when I say every photo took at least two minutes to insert into this post – there was a lot of sighing! So for the time being its just over-sized (sometimes under-sized) text and squiggly lines added to the photos.
Anyway, listen to me making excuses! Lets get on with it – the heart in this Crochet Heart Tutorial is made using Patons 100% Cotton DK and a 3.50mm hook. I’ve used UK terms throughout.
Foundation Chain – 4 chains, join with a slip stitch into the first chain.
Round 1 – chain 3 (counts as 1 treble crochet). Then work the rest of the stitches into the ring created by joining the foundation chain – 1 treble, 2 chain, 2 treble, 2 chain, 2 treble, 2 chain, 2 treble, 2 chain. Slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the beginning chain 3 to close the round. You should have 4 groups of 2 treble crochet and 4 chain 2 spaces.
Next, slip stitch into the top of the next treble crochet of Round 1 and into the chain 2 space so that you are beginning Round 2 in the correct place.
Round 2 – chain 3 (counts as 1 treble crochet), 1 treble, chain 1, 2 treble in that first chain 2 space of Round 1. Then chain 1. In the next chain 2 space – *2 treble, chain 3, 2 treble, chain 1*. Repeat *-* in the next two chain 2 spaces and then slip stitch into the third chain of the beginning chain 3.
Your completed Round 2 should look like this…
Round 3 – slip stitch into the top of the next treble crochet and then make a double crochet stitch into the chain 2 space of round 1 – so over the chain 1 space of round 2. It should look something like this…
After your double crochet, slip stitch into the top of the next treble.
Then, chain 1. The next seven stitches are worked into the next chain 1 space of round 2. Here you need to make 7 double trebles.
(Double treble = yarn round hook twice, hook through the chain 1 space, yarn round hook and pull back through the space – you’ll have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn round the hook again and pull it through the first 2 loops – you’ll have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn round hook again and pull through 2 loops – now you’ll have 2 loops on the hook. And, finally, yarn round hook again and pull through the remaining 2 loops!)
Once you have 7 double trebles, chain 1 and then double crochet into the next chain 3 space of round 2.
(In these next few photos I’ve repositioned the heart to show it from the angle that I’d be looking at it when I’m holding it – sorry if that’s confusing!)
Next, 1 double crochet in each of the next two treble crochet of round 2. 1 double crochet in the next chain 1 space and 1 double crochet in each of the next two trebles.
In the next chain 3 space from round 2 (so, the bottom of the heart) make 1 double crochet, chain 1, 1 half treble crochet, chain 1, 1 double crochet.
(Half Treble Crochet – Yarn round hook, hook through chain 3 space, yarn round hook, pull the hook back through the chain 3 space – you’ll have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn round the hook again and then pull the hook through all 3 loops.)
And then we’re pretty much mirroring what we did on the other side. So, 1 double crochet in each of the next two treble crochets from round 2. 1 double crochet in the next chain 1 space. 1 double crochet in each of the next two treble crochets from round 2. 1 double crochet in the next chain 3 space. Then chain 1.
Now make 7 double treble crochets into the final chain 1 space from round 2 and then chain 1.
Skip the next treble crochet of round 2 (which is the beginning chain 3 of that round) and slip stitch into the next treble to close the round.
Cut the yarn, leaving a nice long tail. Pull it through to the back of the heart and then weave in the ends with an embroidery needle.
Please let me know what you think – have I made any major errors? Is it complete nonsense?
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