"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
~ Washington Irving (1783-1859)
Perfection. We strive towards it. We practice to achieve it. In matters of the heart it is often elusive. But in crochet, all things are possible. And so I set out to crochet a perfect heart.
There are patterns that make them in the round and those that work them in rows. Some came close, but nothing gave me exactly what I was looking for. I knew that creating a perfectly symmetrical heart was a matter of diligence, patience, and little geometry. I learned a lot from all the different versions I made. Using the elements that worked the best from other patterns and through lots of trial and error this beauty came to life!
I made my thread hearts into bookmarks, and I included the instructions here so you can make them too. If they're not your style there are lots of other things you can do. Thread hearts can be attached to a card with ribbon and given as a lovely Valentine. Sew them onto a shirt, hat, jacket or pants pocket. Sew 2 together and stuff for fluffy hearts. Add a little cat nip to make a treat for you favorite kitty. Attach one (or more) to a hair clip, barrette, or head band. Hearts made with worsted weight yarn and an H hook are the perfect size for a coaster. Add personalization by stitching you and your love's initials with embroidery floss. Embellish them with terms of endearment (like the Sweetheart's Conversation Heart candies). Or just make them because they're fun and easy!
The heart in the pattern is made with #10 cotton thread and a #4/1.75 mm steel hook. It measures about 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches. The large heart in the picture above is made with worsted weight acrylic and an H/5.00 mm hook. It measures about 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches. You can make them with whatever yarn or thread and hook makes you happy.
Now turn it into a bookmark...
No matter what you do with your heart, I hope it fills you with gladness and brings you a smile!
It's easy to loose your place when working rounds 3 and 4 so I created a PDF that you can download. I point the corner of a sticky note at each step/stitch and move it to the next after working it. Then if I have to put my work down I know where to start!
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