Heart Coaster

To make the hearts look like a bit more of a finished product, I decided to add an edge to them – a very simple edge of double crochet, but still, I thought I would write a quick tutorial on how to do it.

Take your completed heart and select a new colour (a contrasting one preferably).

You are going to be joining your yarn here in between the two bumps of the heart.

So attach your yarn, like this

Then chain up 1

And then you are going to work 1 double crochet (single crochet in US) into each stitch until you reach the bottom (20dc)

Then in the next 2 stitches (which should be the double trebles from the previous round) you are going to work 2 dc into each.  This is to make sure the pointy bit of the heart stays pointy.

Then work 1 dc into the next 20 stitches and you should end up back at the top, like this

As you can see, we are not quite back to the beginning, and instead of trying to work double crochets into that ch2 from the last round, we are just going to chain 2 and then slip stitch back into your starting point.

It’s quite hard to show on a photo but this is the beginning of my slip stitch, I am just about to pull a loop through from the back of the work.

I sometimes find ending on a chain a bit messy, so in order for this chain to look neat I turn my work upside down like this before I finish off the slip stitch.

Then the chain tends to sit in the right direction and your work looks more fluid.  Then you just take the tails and sew them in securely.  And it should end up looking like this.

If you have used nice thick chunky yarn, these will be big enough to be used as coasters.

If you don’t fancy the coasters, how about some delicate hanging decorations like these.

Instead of fastening off after your final slip stitch – chain up about 20-25 chains and then slip stitch back into the same space and fasten off, and you will have a cute little decoration.

For the original heart pattern, follow this link here.

Easy Crochet Heart

 

 

 

Easy Crochet Heart

I’ve been wanting to create my own heart pattern for ages, but never thought I could.  Anyway, I found a really easy pattern for a small heart, which is here on Ravelry by a lady known as Crochet Leaf –

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-crochet-heart

And it was lovely, so quick to make and looks like this:

 

 

However, I wanted a bigger more chunky heart, so I decided to attempt my own pattern, and the result was this:

So if you like the look of that, please read on!

For this pattern you can use any size hook or yarn, but I found that a smaller hook than you would normally use for a particular weight of yarn makes a more compact finished product, with less gaps in your work (I don’t like gaps).

Firstly I will write a photo tutorial, then the basic pattern will be at the bottom of this page (in UK and US terms).

I am going to write the pattern in UK terms, because I’m from the UK!  But I am used to using US terms, so if anything doesn’t make sense, please let me know because I may have made an accidental mistake somewhere.

Stitches Used are

Magic ring

Chain (ch)

Half Treble Crochet (htr)

Treble Crochet (tr)

Double Treble Crochet (dtr)

Slip Stitch (ss)

 

Tutorial

Start with a magic ring. If you don’t know how to do a magic ring there is a handy video here:

 

So, magic ring

Chain 2 (does not count as a stitch)

Round 1

For the first round you are just going to work 12 treble crochets (tr) into the ring, and pull it tight.  Then slip stitch to the first treble to join and make the circle complete.

Here you can see my first round before I’ve slip stitched to close it – sometimes it is easier to use a stitch marker so you know which stitch you should be joining to.

And there is the first round complete.

Round 2

The second round is an increasing round, so you first need to chain up 1 (does not count as a stitch – I should just point out here that I don’t like using chains to replace stitches, so with a simple chain 1 it just gives you a little bit more leverage to work an actual treble crochet into the first stitch, instead of chaining 2 to replace the treble).

So…

Chain 1, then work 2 treble crochets into that same stitch, and into each stitch around.

Here you can see my first 2 clusters of trebles.

At the end you should have 24 treble crochets (12 clusters of 2)

Join with a SS to the first treble of the round.

Round 3

This is the final round (WOW already)

Chain 2 and work 1 treble crochet into that same stitch.

Into the next stitch you are going to work 3 double treble crochets (dtr). And the same into the next stitch.

Then in the following stitch you are going to work 2 dtr.

Now you can see the bump of the heart beginning to take shape.

In the next stitch work 3 tr.

In the next work 1 tr and 1 htr (both in the same stitch).

In the next 5 stitches work 1 htr.

Now you are at the bottom of the heart, so in the next stitch work 1 tr and 1 dtr.

And in the following stitch work 1 dtr and 1 tr.

It should look like this so far.

So now we are going to go back up the other side of the heart, so you are basically doing the above but in reverse.

First work 1 htr into the next 5 stitches.

Then in the next stitch work 1 htr and 1 tr.

Then 3 tr into the next.

Then 2 dtr into the next, 3 dtr into the next and 3 dtr into the next.

You now should have 1 stitch left, and into this you can work 1 treble crochet.

Now you need to chain up 2 and slip stitch this chain into the bottom of that same stitch to join and finish off.

Then fasten off, and weave in ends.  I have found that sometimes that final stitch can look a bit messy, like this:

So if you make sure that when you weave in the ends you tighten it all up and just generally try and close any gaps – it improves the overall appearance of the finished heart.

Your complete heart should look like this:

These look good in any size or colour, see my variations below.

Follow this link here for a quick tutorial on how to edge these hearts and turn them into coasters or hanging decorations

http://hookandmarvellous.com/heart-coaster/

 

If you don’t need the photo tutorial above, here is the basic pattern for the heart.

 

Easy Crochet Heart Pattern (UK Version)

Magic ring, Ch 2

Round 1

12 tr into ring.

SS to 1st tr to join.

Round 2

Ch 1

2 tr into each stitch around (24 tr)

SS to 1st tr to join.

Round 3

Ch 2

1 tr into same stitch

3 dtr, 3 dtr, 2 dtr, 3 tr, (1tr, 1htr), 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, (1 tr, 1 dtr), (1 dtr, 1 tr), 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, 1 htr, (1 htr, 1 tr), 3 tr, 2 dtr, 3 dtr, 3 dtr

1 tr into final stitch, Ch 2 and slip stitch into same stitch to finish off.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

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Easy Crochet Heart Pattern (US Version)

Magic ring, Ch 2

Round 1

12 dc into ring.

SS to 1st dc to join.

Round 2

Ch 1

2 dc into each stitch around (24 dc)

SS to 1st dc to join.

Round 3

Ch 2

1 dc into same stitch

3 tr, 3 tr, 2 tr, 3 dc, (1dc, 1hdc), 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, (1 dc, 1 tr), (1 tr, 1 dc), 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, (1 hdc, 1 dc), 3 dc, 2 tr, 3 tr, 3 tr

1 tr into final stitch, Ch 2 and slip stitch into same stitch to finish off.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

 

Easy Santa Hat (same as slouchy hat but with extra rows)

Slouchy Santa Hat – Kids age 8 to Adult

 

 

The pattern for the Santa hat is much the same as the slouchy hat  but with extra rows to create the pixie hat type effect – and of course you will need red and white yarn!

I used Boyes Great Value Double Knitting, which is just over £2 a ball – and I used less than a full ball of red, and only a small amount of the white – so it’s very budget friendly.

***IF YOU NEED DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE STITCHES AND A PHOTO TUTORIAL I SUGGEST YOU LOOK AT THE SLOUCHY HAT PATTERN FIRST, WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE***

http://hookandmarvellous.com/slouchy-ribbed-hat-pattern-2-sizes/ 

This pattern is written in UK Terms and the stitches used are as follows

Chain, Slip Stitch, Double Crochet, Treble Crochet, Front Post Treble Crochet (explained in Slouchy Hat Tutorial – link above)

So, here we go…

Using hook size 5.00mm and RED YARN.

Make a Magic Ring
Chain 2

Round 1

15 treble crochet into ring
Slip Stitch into 1st stitch to join.

Round 2

Ch 1
15 FPtr
SS to join

Round 3 – 6

Ch 1
FPtr, tr, Fptr, tr – repeat all the way around
SS to join

Round 7

Ch 1
FPtr, tr, tr, FPtr, tr, tr…repeat all the way around
SS to join

Round 8 – 15

Ch 1
FPtr, 2 tr into space between trebles of previous round, FPtr, 2tr…repeat all the way around
SS to join

Round 16

Ch 1
FPtr, 3 tr (into space between 2 trebles of previous round), FPtr, 3 tr…repeat all the way around
SS to join

Round 17

Ch 1
FPtr, 2 tr into 1st space in between trebles, 1 tr into 2nd space in between trebles, FPtr, 2 tr, 1tr…repeat all the way around
SS to join

Round 18

Ch 1
FPtr, 1 tr, 2tr, FPtr, 1 tr, 2 tr…repeat all the way around.
SS to join

Round 19

Repeat Round 17

Round 20

Repeat Round 18

Round 21

Repeat Round 17

Round 22

Repeat Round 18

Round 23 – 31

Ch 1
FPtr, 2 tr (in between 1st 2 trebles of previous round), 2 tr (in between 2nd 2 trebles of previous round), FPtr, 2tr, 2tr…repeat all the way around
SS to join

Round 32 – CHANGE HOOK TO 4.00MM and change to white yarn.

Ch 1
1 dc into each stitch around
SS to join

Round 33

Ch 1
1 tr all the way around
SS to join

Round 34 – 36 (you can add more rows here if you want a wider brim)

Ch 1, FPtr, 1 tr into top of next stitch, FPtr, 1 tr into top of next stitch…repeat all the way around.

Round 37 

Ch 1, 1 dc into each stitch around, join with SS.

 

Fasten off, weave in ends – attach a MASSIVE WHITE pompom if required.

And there you have it – a crochet santa hat.