(Pattern in Norwegian can be found here)
I have crocheted many hearts in different shapes and sizes thought the years. There are so many wonderful patterns online, but they all have in common that the heart is filled with polyester stuffing, and I find difficult to get a nice and even shape of the heart working with this.
Last year I made heaps of colourful eastereggs using styrofoam eggs, and I figured that this had to be possible for a crocheted heart as well..
A great bit of trial, error and frogging later, I was finally happy with the result.
The shape was nice and even, the crochet fit tight and snug around the heart. Perfect ❤️
Over at Intagram, I've had quite a few requests for a pattern for these hearts, so after some hectic afternoons of chasing the few hours of daylight left after I get home from work, I've finally managed to get decent enough photos of the process, to offer you a patter/tutorial.
Since the number of stiches, rows, increases and decreases will vary accoring to the size and shape of your styrofoam heart, this "pattern" in not absolute. These are only guidelines, and a step-by-step description of how to do it. Please ask me if you find my explanations confusing, and I'll try to explain it better...
❤️ Lykkehjerte ❤️
sc = single crochet (see instructions here )
hdc /htr = half double crochet /half treble corchet US/UK ( see instructions here )
I will use US terms in the tutorial
Round 1: Make a "magic ring" with 6 sc. (See instructions here)
Round 5 and further rounds: 2 hdc in hdc by the stichmarker, 1 hdc in every hdc until you get to the next stichmarker. 2 hdc in the hdc by the marker. 1 hdc in every hdc until you reach the next marker.
Continue like this until you are approx 1 cm below the point where the shape starts to curve inwards.
Remember to measure your work around your styrofoam heart several times as you crochet, to check if you need to increase more or less. Your work should fit nice and snug around the heart. Not too loose, not too tight.....
Too increase 3 times, I made 2 hdc in the hdc before the marker, 2 hdc in the hdc at the marker, and 2 hdc in the hdc after the marker.
When you reach the point where you are approx 1 cm below where the heart curves inward, crochet 1 hdc in every hdc around. No increases.
The following round (s): Decrease 2 or 3 stiches on both sides (by the marker), by crocheting 2 hdc together.
Tip: when crocheting 2 hdc togehter, use only the front loops of the stich, This will make the decrease amost invisible.
On smaller hearts, you will be probably only need 1-2 rounds with descresing before you're at the top, but on a big heart like this it will take a few rounds to get the shape nice and even.
When you have reached the top, continue with hdc in every hdc until the middle of the heart. Crochet together the two sides with a sc, pulling it tight to get a nice heart shape. Continue crocheting the two sides together with scs.
When the heart is closed on one side, continue further down the side of the heart with scs between the hdcs in the sideincreases.
Tip: To make this edging nice and tight, I usually make one sc over two threads between the hds.
(See photo below)
When you reach the pointed end at the bottom of the heart, make sure your sc starts at the row of increases on the next side, and continue with scs up the other side.
When you reach the top again, close the two open sides woth scs, and use a tapestry needle to fasten the thread in the middle. Tighten and adjust the shape until you are happy.
I really love the simplicity of these clean, colourful hearts, thougt, and find them the prettiest hanging from a flowering Cherry or Magnolia branch - in all their simple beauty ❤️