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.