Love yourself even a bit more and spread love and kindness around you - It's free and I really do believe this will help making the world a better place these days...
These adorable little chunky crochet hearts are perfect to get you into the right mood for this.
The crochet hearts are great for decorating on any occasion throughout the year (not only for Valentine's Day but for sure it's very perfect for that special day...) and also make wonderful little handmade gifts.
I have chosen recycled fabric yarn for this quick and easy project, but any other yarn is fine too.
Fabric yarn makes a really solid heart whereas other yarns will be softer.
If you choose thinner yarn you need to adjust the stitches and do more rounds.
Material you need for one crochet heart:
- about 11m not too thick fabric yarn ( mine is from Wollfactory) - if your yarn is very wide you can cut it in half or you can cut your own yarn from an old t-shirt for example.
- crochet hook size 6.0mm
- a little bit of filling (some un-spun wool like I used or yarn left-overs or some synthetic fill material)
Here we go - you crochet in rounds 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 - leave the first chain really wide (picture step 1)
Rnd1: work 4 single crochet in 2nd chain from hook (meaning in that first wide chain...), pull the ending tight to form a close and nice tip (picture step 2 and picture step 3)
(For the full tutorial please click "continue reading" further below )
Rnd2 and all following rounds: alternate 1 single crochet in next 2 , 2 single crochet in next... repeat until you can count 12 stitches all around (picture step 4)
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 or just count every stitch you do until 12)
Next Rnd: (picture step 5) single crochet in next 3, skip 6, single crochet in last 3
Next Rnd: single crochet in next 6 (each stitch around)
Next Rnd: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around until you just can’t do anymore stitches (about two or three times)
This last round feels a bit like wrestling but you can do it!! ;) (picture step 6)
Fasten off with a longer tail and with the help of your crochet hook pull the ending inwards and towards the middle of the two heart bumps. You will use this ending for the loop.
Second heart bump: (picture step 7) Rnd1: single crochet in next 6 stitches
Rnd2: single crochet in next 6 stitches
Rnd3: single crochet in next, skip 1... repeat all the way around until you just can’t do anymore stitches (about two or three times)
Fasten off with a longer tail and with the help of your crochet hook again pull the ending inwards towards the middle of the two heart bumps.
Finish: (picture step 8 )
Decide which two endings will form your loop and fasten the one you won’t use. Leave the tail just inside the heart. Pull those other two outwards on each side. (see picture)
Also pull the beginning thread from the tip of the heart inwards - there is no need to weave those ends in - just leave it inside the heart.
There will be a little hole between the two heart bumps.
Use this hole to fill in a bit roving or other filling material - not much is needed - and fasten the hole by placing two tight knots with the two endings left.
Decide how big you want the loop and place another knot.
If you make the heart out of fabric yarn you will now be able to knead and form your heart a bit to your liking because of the stiffness and chunkiness of the material.
Make as many as you like...
Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative year,