Feb
11
2013

A Heart for Your Valentine

Download a free pdf pattern here:  Heart for Your Valentine

 

HEART

Home Decor, Coaster

 

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Difficulty: Easy to Medium.

Materials:

Hook size 3.5-4 mm

Cotton yarn about the thickness of Sugar’n’Cream brand.

 

Size: 6-7 inches wide.

 

Stitches used:

Ch = chain

Sc = single crochet

Dc = double crochet

Qdc = quadruple crochet (3 times yarn over, stick hook into designated stitch, pull one yarn out (5 loops on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (4 left on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (3 left on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 left on the hook), yarn over, pull through remaining two loops (I left on the hook)

Ss = slip stitch.

(You Tube is good at explaining each of these stitches)

 

 

Directions:

To begin: 11 ch.

Row 1:

  • sc in the second chain from hook, 9 more sc.

Row 2-8:

  • 1 ch, turn, 10 sc. You should have a square (proceed to Row 11). If you haven’t quite reached a square shape, proceed to Row 9.  (I know, these instructions are like filing taxesJ)

Row 9 (optional):

  • 1 ch, turn, 10 sc. If you have a square, proceed to Row 11. If you still haven’t reached a square shape, proceed to Row 10.

Row 10 (optional):

  • 1 ch, turn, 10 sc. You must have a square by now. Proceed to row 11. (If you still have not reached a square shape, continue adding rows until you have a square shape).

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Row 11:

  • Turn. [1 ch, 1 quadruple crochet (qdc) into the middle stitch of the previous row] 7 more times, 1 ch. (Looks like a fan coming out of the middle stitch of the previous row). Connect with ss into the corner stitch of the previous row.
  • Do not turn, continue in the same direction: [1 ch, 1 qdc into the middle stitch of another side of the square] 7 more times, 1 ch.  Connect with ss into the corner. You should have a heart shape.

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Row 12 (around the heart):

  • 4 ch, do not turn (keep working around 3rd side of the square), 1 dc into the 3rd stitch from hook working on the side of the square, 1 ch [dc into every other stitch of the side of the square, 1 ch] repeat until you reach a corner of the square.
  • In the corner stitch: 1dc, 2ch, 1 dc.
  • Continue working 1ch [1dc into every other stitch on the side of the square, 1ch] repeat until you reach the end of the side of the square.
  • Continue making 1ch, 1dc into each opening between qdc (quadruples) of the previous row until you reach the last opening before the sharp corner on top of heart.
  • Then do the following:  1 ch, 1 yarn over, start making dc into the last opening of the first half circle – pull one yarn through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops only (2 loops remains on your hook), yarn over, start making 1 dc into the first opening of the second half circle – pull one yarn through (4 on the hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops only (3 on the hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 remaining loops on the hook (1 left on the hook).
  • Continue [1ch, 1 dc] into every opening between qdc of previous row until you reach the beginning of this row. 1ch. Ss into the 3rd chain from the beginning of the row. (At this point, the outside row may ‘gather’ your heart so it won’t lay flat. It is ok. The following row will help to stretch the heart).

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Row 13 (around the heart):

  •  [1sc, 3 ch, 1sc] into each 1-chain opening of the previous row until you reach the last opening before the sharp corner on the top of the heart.
  • Make 1 sc in the last opening before the sharp corner, make 1 sc into the first opening after the sharp corner.
  • Continue making [1sc, 3ch, 1sc] into each next 1-chain opening of the previous row until the end of this row. Ss into the beginning stitch of this row.

 

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Finish off.

 

If your heart is still not flat, you can press it with warm iron.

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About the Author: Arina Purcella

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