We have made it to week three of our 6 week crochet up to Valentine’s day!
This week I want to share with you a picture of my long suffering fireplace:
My very clever DH made the mirror frame from reclaimed wood which we found in the house when we moved in. We also found half a car in the back yard….
It is a victorian BICLAM cast iron fireplace circa 1886 from a series called Primrose. It is the only surviving fireplace original to our house. I think it would have been lovely once apon a time but it needs some restoration and a replacement fire box. One day I will make it look beautiful again but in the mean time, the mantel piece really could do with a burst of colour.
Whilst researching Valentine day projects on Pinterest I came across various pictures of felt, knit and crochet hearts on dowel, used as table top, wedding and mantel decorations.
I have tried some of the amigurumi heart patterns online previously with mixed results so after trial and error I came up with this pattern which worked for me.
What you will need:
- A selection of yarn in whatever colours you want.
For the hot pink sparkly heart I used Stylecraft Special DK Knitting Wool/Yarn Fiesta 1257 and King Cole Cosmos Glitter Knitting Yarn held together as one yarn. The King Cole Cosmos Glitter Knitting Yarn Is possibly the sparkliest yarn I have ever seen and I will definitely use it in future projects.
The white sparkly heart is made using Stylecraft Stars DK Sequin Knitting Yarn Stella. This is a lovely soft yarn which drapes really nicely once it has been crocheted up and I think would make a lovely yarn for clothing.
For the other hearts I used various shades of Stylecraft Special DK. Basically use what you have. This is a great way to use up your left over yarn stash.
- A size 3.5 crochet hook or an E-4 hook for my American followers. If you look at my finished hearts they differ slightly in size because I was practicing with different sized hooks. I think 3.5 hook works but if another hook works better for you use that instead.
- I used willow sticks to mount my hearts on, but you could use wooden dowel. You can buy them from a local DIY shop or online from Amazon.
- Glue gun (This is optional you could easily knot your left over yarn around the dowel but as I have three young children, things literally have to be glued down in my house if they are going to survive any length of time!)
Here is the pattern – It is in UK crochet terms, if you need a pattern in US crochet terms let me know and I will email it to you. Please let me know if something doesn’t look right, writing patterns is something which is new to me.
Get crocheting and please share pictures of your makes!
ch = Chain Stitch
dc = Double Crochet (Single Crochet in US terms)
dec = Decrease one stitch
The buns (the bit that looks like a bottom on the top of the heart…)
R1 – 5dc in 2nd ch from hook (5)
R2 – 2dc in each of the dc from R1 (10)
R3 – *dc in 1st dc, 2dc in 2nd dc* x5 (15)
R4 – *dc in 1st 2 dc, 2dc in next dc* x5 (20)
R5 – *dc in 1st 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc* x5 (25)
R6 – dc in next 25 dc (25)
R7 – dec in first dc, dc in next 23 dc (24)
R8 – dc in next 24 dc (24)
Slip stitch into next dc.
Repeat this pattern but when making the second bun do not fasten off. Instead hold the two buns together (right side together) and slip stitch along 4 stitches. You should now have a figure of 8 consisting of 40 stitches.
Body of heart
R1 – dc in 40 (40)
R2 – 6dc, dec, 4 dc, dec, 13 dc, dec, 3dc, dec, 6dc (36)
R3 – 36dc (36)
R4 – 6dc, dec, 2dc, dec, 12dc, dec, 3dc, dec, 5dc (32)
R5 – dc32 (32)
R6 – 5dc, dec, 3dc, dec, 11dc, dec, 1dc, dec, 4dc (28)
R7 – dc28 (28)
R8 – 4dc,dec,3dc,dec,9dc,dec,2dc,dec,2dc (24)
R9 – dc24 (24)
(start to stuff the heart about now, you will need to add additional stuffing as you complete each round from here on.)
R10 – 5dc, dec, 1dc, dec, 8dc, dec, 1dc, dec, 1dc (20)
R11 – dc20 (20)
R12 – 2dc, dec, 1dc, dec,1dc, dec, 4dc, dec, 1dc, dec, 1dc (15)
R13 – dc15 (15)
R14 – 1dc, dec, 1dc, dec, dec, 1dc, dec, 1dc, dec, 1dc (10)
R15 – dec, dec, dec, dec, dec (5) fasten off.
Sew ends together but so there is a hole big enough for the stick. Insert the stick into the heart and attach as you wish. I put the stick in, put a bit of glue at the bottom and then wound a loose piece of wool around the stick for added hold. However, the glue is optional.
Here is a picture of my fireplace with a new found splash of colour…hmmm still some room for some bunting though….
These squishy hearts would also look gorgeous piled up in a bowl as a table decoration, or maybe wrapped like a bunch of flowers for a friend or loved one.
Happy Hooking x