3D Valentine’s Heart
A few months ago I starched a doily, so it became a bowl. This technique has been slumbering in my mind and now I crocheted this free crochet pattern for a heart. I tried to shape it as a 3 dimensional ornament. You can use it as a Christmas ornament or as a gift for Valentine’s Day.
In a hobby shop I found some styropor hearts, that were used as forms for the heart.
Yarn 1 skein Marks & Kattens, Bianca in red. 100% mercerised cotton 160m/50g 175 yards/1,76 ounces.
For starching ½ cup potato starch ½ cup cold water ½ cup warm water plastic foil
Hook 7 mm US: K/10 and 3mm US:C/2
1 styropor heart
Finished size Width: 13 cm/5 inches Length: 12 cm 4 3/4 inches
Free Crochet Pattern
Start using the 7 mm US: K/10 hook
Crochet a magical ring. See Tutorial how to crochet magical ring.
Round 1 Chain 3, 10 dc in ring, 1 sl st in 3rd beginning chain.
Round 2 Chain3; [2 dc in next stitch] 10 times; 1 sl st in 3rd beginning chain.
Round 3 Chain 1, 2 sc;[ 2 trebles in next stitch] 2 times; [2 dc in next stitch] 3 times; 2 sc; [2 sc in next stitch] 2 times; 2 sc, [2 dc in next stitch] 3 times; [ 2 trebles in next stitch] 2 times; 2 sc; 1 sl st in this rows 1st chain.
Round 4 Chain 1, 1 sc; [ 2 trebles in next stitch] 2 times; [2 dc, 2 dc in next stitch] 3 times; 2 dc, 4 trebles, 2 dc; [2 dc in next stitch, 2 dc] 3 times; [2 trebles in next stitch] 2 times; 1 sc, 1 sl st in this rows 1st chain.
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Make the second heart exactly as the first one.
If you are a visual crocheter it will be much easier to look at the crochet chart/diagram below.
If you are unfamiliar with reading crochet charts, see my Tutorial how to read a crochet chart worked in the round.
The styropor heart is now cleaved in 2 parts with a knife.
Put the plastic foil over the outside of the styropor heart.
Make the starch stiffener as described in my Tutorial how to starch a doily to a bowl.
Soak the 2 heart halves with the potato starch stiffener.
Put the crocheted hearts over the plastic foil, so it covers the heart. Pin the hearts at the corners with the needles. You want to stretch the yarn, so the whole heart is covered. Try to remove extra starch in the spaces of the crocheted work. This starch can else be hard to remove when the starch is fully stiffened.
Wait a couple of days until the starch is dry. Then gently remove the foil from the crocheted heart.
You will get 2 heart halves that look like this.
Cut a strand of yarn approximately 80 cm/32 inches long.
Continue with 3 mm US:C/2 hook.
With the sewing needle sew the heart together at the edges, starting at the top. Make a knot where the ends meet. The 35 chains now serve as a hanger for the heart.
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
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