Monday, January 13, 2014

Crochet pattern for a large heart

Recently, I wanted to make some large hearts and I figured I would crochet them because think crochet goes faster than knitting for this sort of thing. I started off with a pattern from PlanetJune but it wasn't large enough so I changed it a bit to make a larger heart. Also, I wanted to just start with a simple ring of chain stitches. My yarn is the super bulky Lion Brand Hometown USA and I used a size N crochet hook. Here's the pattern I ended up with:

Begin with chain 5 and join to from a ring.

Round 1:

ch 2, 3 tr, 4 dc, 1 tr, 4 dc, 3 tr into the ring, ch 2, sl st into the ring.

Round 2: sc into the top of the ch 2 stitches, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st, (1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc) in next st (which is the bottom tr of the first round), 2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, sc into the top of the ch 2 stitches, sl st into the first sc.

Round 3: 2 dc in next st, (1 dc in next st, 2 dc in next stitch) 3 times, dc in next 6 st, (1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc) in next st (which is the bottom tr of the 2nd round), dc in next 6 st, (2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st) 3 times, 2 dc in next st, join with sl stitch into sc.

Weave in ends. NOTE -- because this heart is so big, it's not really suitable for hanging from the center of the top because it won't hold its shape. I think you can hang it from two points, one on each side of the top.

Abbreviations:

  • ch - chain
  • sl st - slip stitch
  • sc - single crochet
  • dc - double crochet
  • tr - treble crochet

3 comments:

Ellen Bloom said...

NICE! Thanks for writing up the pattern, Betty! I'm definitely making a few of these!

Na Garrard said...

The hearts I made left a hole in the middle, so I sewed up the hole the best that I could with the tail from the beginning chain. Did you have this problem? If so, how did you fix it?

betty said...

Hi -
If you'll notice, my crochet heart actually does have a hole in the middle, and I left it that way because it didn't bother me.
That being said, there's a way to start a crochet ring without a hole. I forgot the name of the technique, but I found this one site with google that seems to be a tutorial for that technique: http://customyarn.com/blog/2011/12/how-to-start-a-circular-crochet-project-with-no-hole-in-the-middle/

Betty