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Crocheted Heart

Crocheted Heart

Materials Needed:

1 ball DMC 50g white cotton no. 20 crochet thread
No. 7 crochet hook
Red ribbon, 3/16” wide about 7”
Scissors
Needle
Corrugated cardboard
Stiffening solution*
Paper towels
Wax paper
Small plastic bag
Rust proof pins
White glue
Fishing line


Key to Abbreviations:

Ch – Chain
Sl st – Slipstitch
Dc – Double crochet
St – Stitch
Sp(s) – Space(s)

Go to http://learntocrochet.lionbrand.com/ if you need step-by-step instructions on how to do the crochet stitches for this project.

Instructions:

Starting Chain (ring): Ch 3 and join with sl st to form a ring.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, now and throughout), work 5 dc in ring – 6 dc made. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 2: Dc in same st as starting ch, dc in 4 dc, 2 dc in starting ch of last row – 8 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 3: Dc in same st as starting ch, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in each of last 2 dc. – 14 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 4: Dc in same st as starting ch, dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in each of next 2 dc) 4 times, end with 1 additional dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 5: Dc in same st as starting ch, (dc in each dc and 2 dc in ch 1 sp) 4 times, dc in next 2 dc, 2 dc in ch 3 sp – 22 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 6: Dc across to center, work 2 dc in center st, dc across remainder of row – 23 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 7: Dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc in each of next 2 dc) 7 times – 7 ch 1 sps. Ch 3, turn.
Row 8: Dc in same st as starting ch, (2 dc in each ch 1 sp and dc in each dc) 7 times – 30 dc. Ch 3, turn.
Row 9: Dc in same st as starting ch, dc across ending with 2 dc in last dc – 32 dc. Ch 3 turn.
Row 10 (Right lobe of heart): Dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in each of next 2 dc) 4 times, dc in next dc. Leave remainder of row unworked. Ch 3, turn.
Row 11: Dc in each dc and ch 1 sp across – 15 dc. Ch 4, turn.
Row 12: Skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc) 6 times. Ch 3, turn.
Row 13: (Dc in each ch 1 sp and dc in each dc) 6 times, turn
Row 14: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 3 skip next dc, dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc) 3 times – 5 dc. Tie off and cut thread.

Row 10 (Left lobe of heart, center): Return to Row 9, skip center dc, join with slip stitch in next dc, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next 2 dc) 4 times. Ch 3, turn.
Row 11: Dc in each dc and dc in each ch 1 sp across – 15 dc. Ch 4 turn.
Row 12: Skip 1 dc, dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip 1 dc, dc in next dc) 5 times, dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 13: Sl st in next dc, ch 3, (dc in each 1 ch sp and dc in each dc) 5 times, 2 dc in last dc. Turn.
Row 14: Sl st in 2nd dc, ch 3 skip next dc, dc in next dc, (ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc) 3 times – 5 dc. Tie off and cut thread.

Border: Right side facing, join thread with sl st in dc at center of heart. Using row end sps, and ch 1 sps (on top of heart), work (5 dc in sp and 1 sc in next sp) 11 times, ending just before bottom point of heart. In starting chain (ring), 1 sc, 5 dc, 1 sc. Continue (5 dc in sp and 1 sc in next sp) up other side of heart ending with sc in remaining dc at center top of heart - 23 shells total. Tie off and cut thread.

Concealing ends: Work loose ends into several stitches in heart and than clip them off close to work.

*Starching: Prepare stiffening solution by one of the following ways:

1) Following manufactures instructions, mix a heavy solution of commercial starch.
2) Mix equal parts of white glue and water.
3) Use a commercial fabric stiffener, following the manufactures instructions.

Pour stiffening solution into a small plastic bag. Immerse heart into stiffening solution and squeeze to remove excess. Blot with a paper towel. Place on board covered with wax paper and if needed, pin along the edges shaping the heart as you go. Allow heart to dry completely before removing from wax paper.

Finishing: Cut an 8” piece of crochet thread or fishing line. Thread through center top of heart and tie ends into a slipknot. Cut a piece of ribbon 7” long. Tie into a bow. Glue or sew the bow onto the center top of heart. See photograph.




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