Friday, January 31, 2014

Double Free Pattern: One Round Hearts

  Valentine's day might be on the way, but these cuties can be used year-round. What could you do with mini hearts? Originally, they were designed to be part of my new applique series. However, once I finished them, my imagination was left with a few other ideas.
  These would be adorable added to a bag or clothing, used as confetti, or to accent a wrapped gift. Plus, I made a few more than I needed, so I'll be experimenting with making jewelry from the leftovers.


  A small pattern like this is a great way to use up those scraps! They're only one round a piece, so make some in any color your *heart* desires.
  Speaking of scraps, during this project I made an attempt to use up the remainder of some thread I had lying around. I didn't foresee any issues with that...

  I ran into a slight problem while designing this pattern. Do you notice the difference in the size of the pink hearts? No, they weren't made from a different pattern. I have mystery thread! About a year ago I picked up this pink thread on clearance. The label stated size 10 crochet thread, exactly the same as the burgundy pictured here with the pink:



  You can clearly see that the pink thread is thicker and produces a larger swatch. Within my thread stash are multiple colors of the same brand; also a few other brands. None of my other size 10 thread is the same size as this stuff. This appears to be size 3 crochet thread. So, in the pattern, I give the gauge for both sizes of thread; whatever size the mystery pink may be. Either way, the pattern still works for both sizes, so use size 3 if you have it.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Size 10 crochet thread

Steel crochet hook, size 4(UK)?*
  *I'm using my mystery hook along with my mystery thread. "Made in England" is printed on my hook, so I can only assume this is a US size 7. I've yet to solve this problem, and I apologize for using it to design a pattern again. It belonged to my great-grandmother, and its my favorite hook to use.

Needle to weave in ends

Gauge for Mini Heart:
Entire piece measures 3/4" (2 cm);
Pink heart measures 1" (2.5 cm)

Gauge for Tiny Heart:
Entire piece measures 1/2" (1.2 cm);
Pink heart measures 3/4" (2 cm)

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)

Directions for Mini Heart:


To begin: Ch 4, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Ch 2, 3 dc in same st. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch. (3 dc, ch 2, sl st) in following ch. Skip last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Directions for Tiny Heart:


To begin: Ch 4, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Ch 1, 3 sc in same st. (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next ch. (3 sc, ch 1, sl st) in following ch. Skip last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

10 comments:

  1. These hearts are really cute, Jenny! Thank you for sharing!
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh, what sweet little hearts! I love them! I think that I will have to make some for my February decorations!

    Thanks for sharing at the Yarn Fanatic Party! I hope to "see" you there again!

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    1. I'm smacking myself in the forehead right now...I should have named them "Sweet Little Hearts"! Lol, anyways - Thanks as always, Rachel! I'm loving the YFP and definitely looking forward to the next one!

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  3. Cute little hearts and great tutorial!

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  4. oh wow so tiny! how fun are these little hearts to sprinkle around like confetti! or stick to picture frames! or hang from a mobile! awesome :)

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    1. They are fun!! And speaking of confetti, I designed these, too: https://www.guidecentr.al/crochet-easy-confetti-hearts

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  5. I get impatient working with fine crochet thread because it always seems to take forever but these look like they would provide that instant gratification that I love from crochet.

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    1. It takes longer to weave in the ends than it does to crochet them! You can have a ton of them in no time :)

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