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Free Crochet Pattern for a Heart Motif

Use This Crocheted Heart for Valentine's Day, Birthdays or Any Time

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Crocheted Heart Motif

Crocheted Heart Motif

Photo © 2010 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

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Express your love for someone special with this crocheted heart motif. This versatile heart design can be used many different ways. It's a lovely Valentine's Day project, but you could use it any time of year.

Materials:

Yarn:

I used red worsted weight cotton yarn to crochet my heart motif. You can use any yarn or thread you like; this design should work just fine in other fibers, weights and colors.

Crochet Hook:

I used a size H / 5.0 mm crochet hook to make the sample heart motif, but please don't feel like that's the exact hook you have to use to make your own hearts. You can use any hook that works well with your chosen yarn or thread.

Other: Tapestry Needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: In my sample heart, 10 sts and 12 rows= 3".

Gauge will vary widely, depending on the materials you use and other factors. If you want your heart to measure exactly the same size as mine, try to match my gauge as closely as possible. If you need a larger or smaller heart, feel free to adjust hook and yarn sizes accordingly.

Finished Size:

My sample heart measures about 7 3/4" wide by about 6 1/4" high. This heart could be useful in a variety of different sizes, depending on what you want to do with it.

Larger Project Photo:

Large photo of the crocheted heart motif

Crochet Abbreviations Used in This Pattern:

Design Notes:

  • You can work from either the charts or the written instructions below, or both - whatever is easier for you.


  • You start crocheting at the widest point of the heart, which is marked as row 1 on this chart. Work that chart from the bottom up.


  • Then you flip your crocheted piece upside down and work from this chart.


  • Each block on these charts corresponds to one sc st or one decrease.


  • Consult either the written instructions below, or the charts, to determine where the decreases are. When using the charts, if you're working a row that has fewer blocks than the previous row, you need to decrease. Where decreases are required, work them at the beginning and / or end of the row.

Crochet Instructions:

Ch 26.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, and in each ch after across the row. (25 sc.)

Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in each sc across the row. (25 sc.)

Ch 1, turn.

Row 3A: Begin working left side of heart. Work 12 sc - one sc in each of the first 12 sc across the row. (12 sc.)

Ch 1, turn.

Row 4A: Work 1 decrease: draw up a loop in the first sc st. Draw up a loop in the second sc st. YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. 1 dec worked. Work 1 sc in each of the remaining sc sts across the row. (10 sc.)

Ch 1, turn.

Row 5A: Work 9 sc and then 1 decrease.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 6A: Work 1 dec, 6 sc and then 1 dec.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 7A: Work 1 dec and 6 sc.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 8A: Work 2 decs at the beg of the row, then work 1 sc and 1 more dec.

End off.

Attach yarn to row two. Rows 3B to 8B are going to be exactly the same as rows 3A to 8A, except they are a mirror image.

Row 3B: Begin working right side of heart. Starting at left, work 12 sc across the row. (12 sc.)

Ch 1, turn.

Row 4B: Work 1 decrease: draw up a loop in the first sc st. Draw up a loop in the second sc st. YO and draw through all 3 loops on hook. 1 dec worked. Work 1 sc in each of the remaining sc sts across the row. (10 sc.)

Ch 1, turn.

Row 5B: Work 9 sc and then 1 decrease.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 6B: Work 1 dec, 6 sc and then 1 dec.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 7B: Work 1 dec and 6 sc.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 8B: Work 2 decs at the beg of the row, then work 1 sc and 1 more dec.

End off.

Flip work upside down. Attach yarn to row one of work. Follow this chart when working the rest of the pattern. Note that row 9 will be worked into your starting chain.

Row 9: Work 23 sc across.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 10: Work 23 sc across the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 11: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 19 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 12: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 17 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 13: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 15 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 14: Work 17 sc across the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 15: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 13 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 16: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 11 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 17: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 9 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 18: Work 11 sc across the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 19: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 7 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 20: Work 9 sc across the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 21: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 5 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 22: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 3 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 23: Work 1 dec at the beg of the row, then work 1 sc and 1 more dec at the end of the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 24: Work 3 sc across the row.

Ch 1, turn.

Row 25: Skip 1st sc, work 1 dec across next 2 sts.

Finishing the Heart Shape

You now have a heart, but the chances are good that the edges of your heart look somewhat jagged, and possibly even a bit messy. To fix that, work slip stitches all the way around the outer edges of the heart. This isn't going to be a precise or scientific process; there isn't any obvious formula for where to put each stitch. Think "freeform crochet" here.

Try to place your stitches as evenly and carefully as possible, keeping them close to the outer edges of the heart shape. This will tidy up the crooked-looking edges so the outer edge of your heart has a smooth, uniform appearance.

When you've worked sl sts all the way around, pull the loop left on your hook through the middle of your first sl st to the back of the work. Then cut the yarn and end off.

Weave in all your loose ends securely using a tapestry needle.

Ideas for Decorating The Crocheted Heart Motif

Need ideas for decorating and using your heart?

I've posted an image gallery with photos of embellished hearts. Hope you'll enjoy it, and that it will give you plenty of ideas.

Ideas for Using the Crocheted Heart Motif

I transformed two of these hearts into a Valentine heart pouch.

See more ideas: check out several suggestions from our readers for how to use this heart pattern.

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