I am really into this extrem thick wool thing lately.
It's fun, because a project is done in a few minutes, looks cool and feels oh so cozy!
For this chunky crochet heart pillow I used un-spun wool called roving.
Since I am located in Germany I ordered my wool from a german supplier but roving is available everywhere online and is usually used for spinnig your own yarn.
I parted my string of roving in half and rolled it back into a ball - so my yarn size was approximately 12.5mm when I slightly twisted the roving a bit for measuring the thickness.
For one chunky heart you will need about 40 meters (about 650gram) of roving for crocheting the heart and about another 20 meters for stuffing the heart.
You can use the same wool roving for stuffing or some less expensive roving (that's what I did as you can see the white wool on the picture further below) or you can use some polyester filling from the craft store.
Here we go - you crochet in a round and because I usually totally confuse counting crochet in rounds I came up with a really simple tutorial with very little counting :)
Start: Chain 2
Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook
Rnd2 and all following rounds: alternate 1 single crochet in next 2 , 2 single crochet in next... repeat until you can count 24 stitches all around.
Next Rnd: single crochet in each stitch around (you can mark your start point with a piece of ribbon for example so you know when you made it all the way around)
Next Rnd: single crochet in next 6, skip 12, single crochet in last 6
Next Rnd: single crochet in next 12 (each stitch around)
Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around
Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Second heart bump:
Rnd1: single crochet in next 12 stitches
Rnd2: single crochet in next 12 stitches
Rnd3: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around
Stuff your heart with your extra roving or filling material.
Rnd4: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat
Fasten off and with the tail end and using just your fingers weave the hole shut between the heart bumps.
I then washed my chunky heart on a 30 degree WOOL-cycle in the washing machine together with a tennis ball.
Afterwards I let it dry on the heater - turn from time to time.
Note: It's not like the usual felting in the machine were you choose a warm-cold cycle and your piece felts a lot.
This is a very light felting with the wool cycle just to give the roving a bit more strength and to prevent pilling.
Happy Valentines Day,
Today is Creadienstag
Thanks so much!!!