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Heart Applique
Heart Applique -- Photo & Free Crochet Pattern Are © Amy Solovay. All Rights Reserved.

This is a basic heart applique, which you can use for a variety of different purposes. It makes a lovely accent for many different types of crochet projects, and could also be used for embellishing knitting projects, sewing projects, or store-bought items.

You crochet this design in three rounds, starting with a center ring and working your way outward. In the first two rounds, you start out by creating a circle shape, then in the third round you transform the circle into a heart.

Skill Level: Easy


Materials:


Yarn or Crochet Thread: Feel free to experiment with using different yarn or thread to crochet this pattern, particularly if you have scraps of thread or yarn that you want to use up. There aren't any specific yarn or thread requirements for success with this design -- although in general, it's easier to crochet this heart with a smooth yarn than it is with a textured one.

The yarn I used in my sample is Knitpicks "Swish" yarn in the dk weight. The color name is "Holly Berry," which is a lovely burgundy / "red wine" type color.

Crochet Hook: I used a size H / 8 - 5.0 mm crochet hook to crochet the sample heart. However, you'll want to choose a hook that's appropriate for the yarn or thread you're using, and this size hook might or might not be the right choice.

If you're using crochet thread, try a small steel crochet hook. If there's a hook recommendation on your thread wrapper, that's a great starting point.

If you're using yarn, a steel hook will most likely be too small. You'd want to use a larger hook. Again, you can check the yarn wrapper for suggestions. If you're using a worsted weight yarn, you could try a size I or J hook to start with, and make any adjustments necessary to accommodate your personal preferences and desired heart size. However, there are some medium-weight yarns, like Red Heart Super Saver, that might be better with an even bigger hook. For the Red Heart yarn, you might even want to try going up to a K hook.

Other: Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Finished Size:

My sample heart measures just slightly less than 3 inches wide x 3 inches high. Your hearts will probably be a different size, depending on the materials you use and other factors. In general, thinner yarns and threads will give you smaller hearts, and larger / chunkier yarns will give you bigger hearts.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

How to Crochet the Heart Applique

ch 5. sl st to join to beg of round.

Round 1: ch 1, work 11 sc sts in ring.

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in next sc, then work 2 sc sts in ea of the next 10 sc. You should have a total of 21 sc sts. sl st to join the work to the beg of the round.


Round 3: ch 1.
sc in next sc.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 2 dc and 1 tr.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 2 tr and 1 dc.
Work 1 hdc in ea. of the next 3 sts.
Work 1 sc st in ea of the next 3 sts.
hdc in next st.
Work the lower point of the heart in the next st as follows: dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc.

Create the Other Half of the Heart:


hdc in next st.
Work 1 sc st in ea of the next 3 sts.
Work 1 hdc in ea. of the next 3 sts.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 1 dc and 2 tr.
In next sc, work 3 sts as follows: 1 tr and 2 dc.
sc in next sc.
sl st to join the work in the next st.

Round 4: Optional, but highly recommended. You can use the same color, or change colors if you like. Work 1 sl st in ea st, all the way around.

Finishing:

End off, leaving an extra long tail of yarn that's long enough for sewing the heart applique to another project. Weave in your other loose end. Block if desired.

Attaching Appliques

For further insights about finishing your project, be sure to read up on the topic of attaching appliques to a finished craft project.

Find More Free Crochet Heart Patterns

Crocheted Hearts.
Crocheted Hearts. Photo © Amy Solovay.

The heart is one of my favorite design themes, and I've posted bunches of heart patterns for you to use. All of them are free for you to access, so I hope you'll take a look at them.

You can never have too many hearts in your pattern stash. They come in handy not only for Valentine's Day, but also for making beautiful gift items to give to the people you love at any time, all year around.

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