Here goes at my first attempt at making a tutorial. I hope you like it. If you prefer reading a chart to make a crochet item, I have tried to draw one at the end. Please get in touch if anything isn’t clear.
I have written it (mainly) in UK crochet terms. If you are familiar with US crochet terms you will need to do some substitutions. Where I have written ‘half treble’ you need to construct a ‘half double crochet’ and where I have written ‘treble’, you need to make a ‘double crochet’. Apparently ‘slip stitch’ is an American term and I should have written single crochet if I was being consistently British. Oh well, you learn something every day. I think slip stitch makes sense so I am going to leave it as it is.
I have made my hearts with Patons DK 100% cotton and a 4mm hook. they measure approximately 6cm from top to bottom.
The uppermost thread, wrapped over my index finger, is the working yarn. The other end is the tail. Make sure you leave a good few inches of tail. I hold the loop with my thumb over the point where the yarn crosses. Then I work into the circle of yarn that I’m holding, the same way that you would work into a circle made of chains.
The whole of the first round is made up of trebles, 20 of them to be precise.
You should now have something that looks like this. Count the little ‘V’ shapes that form the top of the stitches. There should be 20 from the trebles and then the initial 3 chains. Despite the amount of crochet that I have done I still have trouble working out which ‘V’ goes with which stitch. In this case I think it is easiest to count back 20 from the last ‘V’ you have made (the loop on the hook doesn’t count) and then the next ‘V’ should be the top of the initial 3 chain. I have tried to show where this 3rd chain is because this is where you insert your hook to complete the round with a slip stitch. The other 20 little ‘V’ shapes are where you will insert the hook in the next round. When I say “make a treble into the next stitch” I mean into the next one of these ‘V’s’. Hopefully you can see what I mean in the picture below.
This is the reverse side when you have joined the round with your slip stitch. You can see the tail end of the yarn. Give this a pull and ease the trebles round to tighten everything up.
Hopefully you now have something like the picture above.
Make three trebles in the next stitch…
To finish it off, you need to make a half treble in the next stitch and a treble into the one after that (see two pictures above).
Then you are going to make a picot point by making two chain stitches after the treble, but not into the previous round. Hopefully you can see what I mean in the picture above. The needle is showing you where to put your hook for the next part.
Insert your hook in the first of the chains (as shown with the needle in the previous picture) and make a slip stitch by drawing a loop of yarn through.
Now, into the same stitch where you made the last treble, make another treble. You have completed the pointy end of the heart.
two trebles into the next stitch and three trebles into the one after that.
The last two big stitches are a treble, followed by a half treble.
The reverse side should now look like this. Now all you need to do is stitch the ends in securely. When I am making a hanging decoration, I sometimes stitch them so that there is a long tail extending from the point of the heart so that I can easily sew it to the next heart.
And that’s that, except for blocking out, which helps to get the shape exactly as you want it. I dip mine in a mixture of PVA glue and water, approximately 1 part glue to 4 parts water and then give them a good squeeze out. I then pull them into shape and allow them to dry, sometimes I pin them too. If you have left a long tail for stitching to another heart, you will have to try and keep it out of the PVA (easier said than done). I find PVA is very good at making the hearts stay stiff but you could also use starch.
Now, collect your buttons and beads and you can make one of these.Teeny tiny hearts pattern is from Lucy at Attic 24, click here.
Big, granny heart with picot edge is from Sandra at Sandra’s Cherry Heart, click here
Plain granny heart is from The Royal Sisters, click here.