Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Prepping for Valentine's anyone??
In the grand tradition of procrastinating on this blog, I now present the third free pattern I promised way back in '09. Ok, that wasn't really all THAT long ago, was it? But it sounds like it :)
When I set up a demo booth at the Handmade Nation craft fair here in Austin, one of the kits I put together was for this here little Happy Heart Pin. I thought it would be fitting to post this baby up before Valentine's Day. If you're especially productive, you could even crochet up a couple dozen and pin them on some cute homemade cards for your kids at school. If you aren't so dedicated to spreading the handmade love, you could just make one for yourself to wear around for a few weeks leading up to Valentine's day.
Here she is!
Happy Heart Pin
Red worsted weight yarn
Black safety eyes (6mm)
Black embroidery floss
(E-I) Hook (larger hook will make Happy bigger)
sc: single crochet
sc2tog: single crochet 2 st together (decrease)
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Starting at point of heart and with red yarn, make an adjustable ring, ch 1, and sc 3 into the ring. Pull closed.
R1: Work 2sc into each st (6)
R2: (2sc into next st, sc into next st)* repeat to end of round (9)
R3: (2sc into next st, sc into next 2 st)* repeat to end of round (12)
R4: (2sc into next st, sc into next 3 st)* repeat to end of round (15)
R5: (2sc into next st, sc into next 4 st)* repeat to end of round (18)
R6: sc into the next 9 st, skip next 9 st.
(**You have now started the right side of the top of the heart.)
R7: starting at the first stitch of R6, sc into each st (9)
R8: (sc2tog, sc into next st)* into each st (6)
Fasten off by slip stitching into the next stitch. Leave a tail . Using the yarn needle, weave tail through last row of stitches and pull tightly to close the hole.
You should now insert the eyes into the heart. The backing piece will be snapped onto the back, inside the heart. It will be a tight fit!
Attach yarn back onto the open side of the yarn, starting on the inside and you will work around the opening. You can either tie a knot to attach the new yarn or you can insert the hook on the outside into the first stitch and pull the yarn up through the work, and sc for your first stitch. Repeat R6-8 on the other side to create the second top bump.
Embroider a tiny smile onto Happy Heart's face.
Glue pinback onto the back of the heart.