Earlier this week a colleague here at DMC found a tutorial on The Party Artisan site that shows readers how to make the simplest crochet hearts I think I have ever seen.
The hearts are easy to make using very basic crochet stitches. One magic ring (aka: magic circle), a total of 6 single crochets, 10 double crochets, 1 triple crochet and a slip stitch later, you have a sweet, simple heart.
I loved the idea of such a quick way to make the hearts, and decided to try out the instructions using DMC Pearl Cotton #3, one of our heaviest embroidery threads.
Size 3 Pearl Cotton (Art. 115/3) is available in 16 yard skeins in 292 solid colors, and I chose colors that reminded me of candy Valentine hearts.
In addition to the thread you will also need a tapestry needle, scissors and a size 2 (or equivalent) crochet hook.
It only took a few hours to work up several dozen hearts, but what would I do with them? Initially, I had thought of making a few more and placing them in a candy dish as a decoration as sort of a totally calorie-free snack. But after arranging them on my work table, I realized they’d make some terrific jewelry.
I twisted two colors of pearl cotton together to make a cord and, using a single strand of matching DMC Embroidery Floss I stitched a grouping of hearts to the cord to make a necklace A shorter length of cord was used to make a bracelet (with the knot on the cord hidden by a heart) and a pair of earrings using jewelry findings.
The hearts could also be glued to pin backs to make a brooch, attached to barettes and hair bands, or sewn onto a hat, gloves and scarf. In fact, these hearts can be used on just about anything, including paper crafts.
Need even smaller hearts? Use a smaller crochet hook and size 5 pearl cotton instead. Looking for some glitz and glam’? Try crocheting the hearts using all 6 strands of DMC Light Effects Floss and a slightly larger crochet hook.
I’m still thinking of crocheting a few dozen for the candy dish, though… It may keep me away from the chocolates.