Sunday, February 5, 2017

Confetti Hearts in Worsted

  When I first designed these "confetti" hearts, I used crochet thread to make tiny heart confetti. Needing a bigger version for my Granny Heart Tote, I revisited the pattern using worsted weight yarn. The result was still small at 1" across, but the thicker gauge created a dense, almost puffy heart.

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  Of course, these hearts are so fast to make that I couldn't stop with just the few I needed for my bag! And then I had to experiment with a three-strand version using all the colors of the smaller hearts... Now, what to do with them all? I used some glue to attach them to a piece of a broken cutting board, and ended up with a simple and easy Valentine's decoration!

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Skill level:
Easy


Materials:
Worsted weight acrylic yarn
-I used Caron United in Cherry, Burgundy, and Black
Crochet hook size J/10 - 6.00 mm

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*You may need a yarn needle for other projects, but I'm just tying the ends before gluing.
...So, to create the project shown, you'll also need glue - I'm using Tacky Glue (all-purpose craft glue), and some scrap wood. A piece of 1x4 would take the place of my up-cycled bamboo cutting board. And you could also paint the board, but I like the faded look of the bare wood.

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Gauge:
Not important. Each finished heart measures 1" (2.5 cm) across.


Notes:
The shape of the pattern can easily be changed by increasing the number of stitches across, or chaining more for the point.


Stitches:
(American terms)
Chain
Slip stitch
Single crochet


How to begin with a magic circle:
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1. Hold the tail of the yarn behind the hook. With the working end, yarn over the hook from back to front.
2. Holding the loop on the hook secure with your finger (leave a nice big loop!), yarn over the hook again.

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3. Holding both loops secure with your finger and thumb, yarn over. 
4. Pull through both loops on the hook.


Instructions for heart:
 
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1. Chain 1.
2. Make 2 single crochet in the ring.


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3. (Chain 1, slip stitch) 3x in the ring.
4. Chain 2 (makes the point).


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6. (Slip stitch, chain 1) 3x.
7. Make 2 single crochet.


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7. Chain 1, slip stitch.
8. Cut yarn and bind off. Pull the tail through the center hole before closing.


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Pull the tail tight to close the center loop, and watch all those stitches scrunch up into a heart!


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 If you sew in the ends around the center loop, the heart gets even puffier. But I'm being lazy and using glue for my project! I'll come back to tie off those tails later... First, there's one more heart to make! So far I have two of each you see above.


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To create this bigger heart, I held a strand of all three colors together. But instead of going up a few hook sizes, I used the same hook as for the single-strand hearts. It creates a super-solid, thick heart that would be cool for a key chain or garland. I changed one other little thing for this version: The point is made with a chain-3.


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If I had gone up a few hook sizes, the 3-strand heart would be huge! By using the same size hook, it is only 1/2" (1.2 cm) bigger.


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I made one last check to make sure all the pieces would fit on my scrap wood, then I tied off and trimmed all the tails. A screwdriver quickly pried that one loose panel off the rest of the board, and gluing commenced.

Honestly, hot glue would have been faster and easier, but I used up the last of my glue sticks attaching the pieces to the Granny Heart Tote. At least I suffered no burns this way. 😉

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Happy Crocheting!

4 comments:

  1. Hello Jenny,
    great idea to put the hearts onto a board. I also like that faded look of bare wood - wouldn't have painted the board either. Thank you for sharing the pattern!
    Have a great Sunday,
    Marjan
    P.S.: Would make a lovely key rack too...

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    1. Marjan, you are a genius! I need a new key rack - And I just saved a bunch of cup hooks from something I was throwing out... PERFECT! Thank you.

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  2. Lovely! Seems to be addictive too, these beautiful hearts.
    And after reading the previous comment, I can't wait to see your key rack :-)
    Have a nice day, Sigrid

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    1. They are addictive, Sigrid!
      That key rack will happen, but not yet... This wood is prone to splitting, and (of course) I can't find the size drill bit I need. But it WILL happen!
      Hope you have a great day, too!

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