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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and for me it’s a giant excuse to use too much red and embellish everything I can get my hands on with hearts!  In honor of this tradition, I made my Lil’ One a pair of hearts for her hair. 

She has that glorious soft curly baby hair and I love to doll her up with little barrettes and clips, so I couldn’t resist translating the crochet heart from my recently released Baby Rock ‘n’ Rollneck pattern into little hair clips for her.  I used some leftovers from my Red Sparkler Scarf, and found some silk buttons in my bottomless button box.

She excitedly asked to wear them as soon as I told her they were for her “haawr”.  (Her baby talk is just too cute.)  I think they came out pretty well!

Happily Hanging with her Hearts in her hair

I then decided I couldn’t stop there.  I made a few spares, and then decided in the fine Victorian tradition of handmade cards I would use them as a jumping off point for a few cards I needed to send.

 I whipped up another purple sock yarn heart for my friend who recently did some testing for me, and then stitched a thank you note.  I am an avid fan of embroidery amongst all my other textile loves, and it was fun to apply it to a quick project on paper.  That inspired yet another card, my Victorian Valentine (more pics on ravlery here).  I had fun adding in even more embroidery and crochet tidbits to this one, and of course I am saving it for my hubby to give him on Valentine’s Day.

So after all that, I decided perhaps my creative friends would like to run with it too.  I give you – Crochet Heart:

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Crochet Heart

Materials

You will need about 5 yards of fingering weight yarn for each heart.

Crochet abbreviations used in this pattern:

I have noticed there are two systems of naming the stitches in crochet.  I have noted the wraps made before inserting the hook into the base stitch to help clarify the system I am using.

ch – chain

ch sp – chain space

dc – double crochet – 1 wrap starting stitch

sc– single crochet – basic stitch with no wraps.

ss – slip stitch

st, sts – stitch, stitches

tr  -  treble – 2 wraps starting stitch

I recommend  http://www.crochetme.com/glossary/ for a clear set of illustrations for various stitches.

Instructions:

With fingering yarn and size D (3.25 mm) crochet hook:

Round 1:  4 ch, join into circle with ss

Round 2:  2 ch, then working all sts into center of ch4 circle, 1 dc, 2 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc, 1 ss, 1 sc, 1 dc, 2 tr, 2 dc, 2 ch, ss to top of first ch2 to close round.

Round 3:  2 ch, 1 dc, *2 tr into the next st. (increase), repeat from * once more, 1 dc, 1 sc, ss, 1 sc, 1 dc, **2 tr into the next st., repeat from ** once more, 2 dc, working the next group of sts into ch sp, (1 dc, 1 tr, 1 ch, 1 tr, 1 dc), ss to first ch2 to close round. 

 Alignment check:  Be sure as you work Round 3 that the 2 tr into one stitch are worked into the tr sts of round 2 so that the work aligns itself properly to shape the heart.

 Darn in ends, wet block firmly, shaping to accentuate the heart shape.  

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The Victorian Valentine variation was actually quite different from the original, but here are some details if you’d like to play with the idea yourself:

Central heart – This started with the Crochet Heart as a base, but then I continued one more round with a ch3, sc edging to frill it up a bit.  It was hooked in Borgs Cottolin 22/2, available at Halcyon Yarn, with a steel lace hook, size 3 (1.85 mm)

Embroidery heart surround – The border was a chain stitched leaf/vine I improvised.  I used three strands of DMC embroidery floss in a variegated red-pink color.  I sketched the heart out lightly in pencil and pre-punched the paper where the stitches would go beforehand.

The flower and leaves – This was a mini crochet improved with two strands of DMC floss and a size 11 (0.8 mm) steel lace hook.

 



Thanks for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more Valentine’s fun, Patterns and Pictures!

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