Beginners Crochet Hearts – Free Pattern

This chunky yarn cute heart bunting was one of my first crochet projects.

I found the gorgeous pattern on Julia Crossland’s blog .Thanks’s Julia!

The hearts are so versatile and can be used for mobiles, brooches, coasters, front of greeting  / valentine cards or joined together to form scarves or belts.

To help brave beginners practice their crochet stitches in a single project, I have adapted the pattern so it uses all the main crochet stitches.

So if you fancy having a go…

Grab yourself some double knitting yarn and a 4.5mm crochet hook. I used 2 x 50g balls of Rowan handknit cotton (1 purple and pink). My crochet stitch summary chart also came in pretty handy!

1. Start by making a slip knot and then work 4 chain stitches.

2. Use a slip stitch to join your chain into a foundation ring.

3. Round 1: Work 10 UK double (US single) stitches into the centre of your foundation ring. Slip stitch into the top of your first stitch to finish the round. If you look at the outside of your ring closely you should see 10 stitches which you will now work into.

Quick UK double / US single stitch reminder: insert hook, yarn around hook, draw loop though stitch to give you 2 loops on hook, yarn around hook, draw loop through 2 remaining loops.

4. Round 2: Work 5 UK treble (US double) into the first stitch of your foundation ring.

Quick UK treble (US double) stitch reminder: Yarn around hook, insert hook through stitch, yarn around hook, draw loop though stitch to give you 3 loops on hook, yarn around hook, draw loop through 2 loops on hook (2 loops left), yarn around hook, draw loop through 2 remaining loops.

5. Make 1 UK half treble (US half double) stitch into your next two stitches of the ring.

Quick UK half treble (US half double) stitch reminder: Yarn around hook, insert into stitch, yarn around hook, draw loop through stitch (3 loops on hook), yarn around hook, pull loop through 3 remaining loops.

6. Into the next stitch make 1 UK double (US single) stitch.

Quick UK double / US single stitch reminder: insert hook, yarn around hook, draw loop though stitch to give you 2 loops on hook, yarn around hook, draw loop through 2 remaining loops.

7. You should now be half way round you heart (about to work into the 5th stitch on your ring) and ready to make the point of your heart. Into this 5th stitch make 1 UK half treble (US half double), 1 UK double treble (US treble) and 1 further UK half treble (US half double).

UK double treble (US treble) stitch reminder: Yarn around hook twice, insert hook through stitch, yarn around hook, draw loop through stitch to give 4 loops on hook. Yarn around hook, draw through 2 loops (3 loops left), yarn around hook, pull through 2 loops (2 loops left), yarn around hook, pull through 2 remaining loops.

8. Complete the second side of your heart by reversing the pattern you have just created:

Into 6th stitch – one UK double (US single) stitch

7th stitch – one UK half treble (US half double) stitch

8th stitch – one UK half treble (US half double) stitch

9th stitch –  5 UK treble (US double) stitches.

Finish your round by slip stitching into the 10th stitch to create your heart cleavage.

Your heart should now look something like this:

If you want to add an extra colour to help define your heart you need to join in your new yarn.

Round 3

Work one UK double (US single) stitch into each of stitch of your hearts outside edge.

Quick UK double / US single stitch reminder: insert hook, yarn around hook, draw loop though stitch to give you 2 loops on hook, yarn around hook, draw loop through 2 remaining loops.

When you get to the point of the heart, as in the photo below, work 3 UK double (US single) stitches in the single stitch.

Continue to work a UK double (US single) stitch into the top of each stitch until you get back to the beginning. Finish the round with a slip stitch into the cleavage of your heart.

It’s really easy to adapt this pattern to get different looks:

If you after a raised rim around you heart (as below) work Round 3 only under the back loop of each stitch:

If you want a bigger heart, for Round 1 work 10 UK treble (US double) stitches into the centre of the foundation ring. The heart on the left was created with this technique – the heart on the right is the original.

If you would like to create an even more pronounced heart shape, when on Round 3, you can work an additional UK double (US single) sitch into the edges of your 5 stitch cluster.

If you would like to turn your hearts into beautiful bunting, please check out Julia’s blog to find out how.

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19 thoughts on “Beginners Crochet Hearts – Free Pattern

  1. I have tried several patterns and this is the first one that it actually looked like a heart for me! Thank you so much! :)

  2. Thank you so much for this!! I just made a heart headband for my daughter as a Valentines Day gift using these instructions, and now I’m about to make myself a heart necklace!!

  3. Thank you so much for this. Just started crocheting and wanted to make some hearts in time for Valentines day. With your great instructions I have made a few, just in time for tomorrow. Love your blog, thank you xx

  4. Thanks for a really straightforward set of instructions, especially the reminders on certain stitches I’m not so sure of. I’m new to crochet so still getting the hang of it all

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  6. Fabulous!….the best set of instructions I have ever come across, I loved that you gave both US and UK so I did not have to work it out, I loved that you gave stitch instructions so I did not have to have another book open on my knee!…..and the photos are so clear too. I taught myself to crochet a few years ago and am not always confident I was doing it right. I made a mistake first time, my fault not yours but was delughted with the results second time round. I am so thrrilled to have learned something new, at 53 that is not always easy!….Lol!….many thanks, Jacqueline xxx

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