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