Our lovely baby now is three months and although I don’t dare actually try putting him down in the evenings, he sleeps very well on my lap in the dark and I have become a little more confident to stay up a bit later. I recently invested in a headtorch and decided to pick up my crochet hook for these holding baby in the bedroom times. A nice quiet pastime.
In honour of the occasion of the last week I decided to make some little hearts and they are sweet. I missed my Valentine’s Day deadline mostly because I got confused about which day it was, and mainly also because crocheting by torchlight is not so speedy and the torch makes my forehead itch a bit after a little while. But look, I got there in the end and have even written the pattern. They have taken up residence on Rose’s wall and look very lovely there (even though i didn’t line them up with the mirror very well, bit keen with the hammer)
Here’s how to make your own if you like:
U S E F U L T O K N O W
Y o u w i l l n e e d
DK yarn in three colours. I have used sirdar snuggly DK in colours 419 choo choo train, 344 oatmeal and 456 pretty coral. You could really use anything for this project, try lighter yarn for delicate hearts or chunky for a bigger bolder garland.
A 3.5mm hook
A tapestry needle for sewing in your ends
A b b r e v i a t i o n s
dc = double crochet (US single crochet) insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook and draw through, yarn over hook and draw through both loops.
st = stitch
sts = stitches
slst = slip stitch – insert hook into stitch, yarn over hook, draw through stitch and loop
ch = chain
dc2tog = decrease by crocheting two stitches together – insert hook into first stitch, yarn over hook and draw through, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook and draw through, yarn over hook and draw through all three loops.
(10) – numbers in brackets tell you how many stitches you should have at the end of each round
M e t h o d s a n d t e c h n i q u e s
Magic ring – to form a magic ring, wrap your yarn twice around your four fingers on your non-hook hand to create two loops. Using your hook, pull the second loop (the one attached to your ball of wool) under the first, grip where they cross and slip your fingers out, then yarn over hook and draw through and pull tight to secure. Continue working into the ring for your first round as per pattern. (YouTube has some good videos which might be easier to follow – this is very difficult to explain in words!.)
This pattern is worked in rounds rather than rows so at the beginning of your round simply continue into the next st.
Also I am left handed if some of my work in progress pictures look a bit backwards!
T H E P A T T E R N
P o i n t a n d b o d y
To begin, 6dc into a magic ring, pull end tight to close the ring and continue working in continuous rounds as follows:
- 2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next st, 2 dc into next 2 sts, 1 dc into next st, 2 dc into last st (10)
- 1 dc into every st (10)
- 2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 3 sts, 2 dc into next 2 sts, 1 dc into next 3 sts, 2 dc into final st (14)
- 1 dc into every st (14)
- 2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 5 sts, 2 dc into next 2 sts, 1 dc into next 5 sts, 2 dc into final st (18)
- 1 dc into every st (18)
- 2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 7 sts, 2 dc into next 2 sts, 1 dc into next 7 sts, 2 dc into final st (22)
- 1 dc into every st (22)
- 2 dc into next st, 1 dc into next 9 sts, 2 dc into next 2 sts, 1 dc into next 9 sts, 2 dc into final st (26)
- 1 dc into every st (26)
B u m p s
(please note that these rounds blend together as the last stitch of the previous round and first stitch on the next round are crocheted together to shape the edge so although I have numbered the rounds they are not quite so separate)
- 1 dc into next 7 sts, miss the following 13 sts, 1 dc into following 5 sts, dc2tog (12 in this small round)
- 1 dc into next 11 sts, dc2tog (11)
- dc2tog a further 5 times (6)
Slst to finish. Break yarn and sew in end to close the opening at the top.
Rejoin yarn at the opposite outer edge, dc into next 11 sts, dc2tog (12)
Repeat rows 2 and 3 once more and finish in the same way.
Press heart flat with your fingers so that your shaping falls at the outer edges. Sew in your loose ends.
To create a garland like mine you will need 7 hearts and simply thread a length of wool through. You could also use some for a mobile or sew a pin on the back of one to make a brooch, or maybe just leave one on your boyfriend/girlfriend’s pillow, or through their letterbox if they are only your boyfriend/ girlfriend in your imagination.
If you make some hearts please let me know, I’d love to see them.