How to Crochet a Heart

  • 01 of 07

    Fill Your Heart With Easy Crochet

    How to Crochet a Heart
    Mollie Johanson

    Whether you want to crochet something for Valentine's Day or you simply want to show your love of crochet, these easy hearts are quick and fun to make! In fact, once you get the hang of it, you can make each one in about 15 minutes.

    The size of the heart can vary based on the yarn and hook you use. Want tiny hearts? Work with sock yarn and a D hook. Want big hearts? Try bulky yarn and an M hook. The DK and worsted weight hearts here were crocheted with an I hook, which resulted in 2-1/2 to 3 inch wide hearts

    You can use these in so many ways, so grab some pretty yarn and start crocheting a bit of love!

    Materials

    • 4 to 5 yards of yarn
    • Crochet hook in the size that matches your yarn
    • Yarn or tapestry needle

    Abbreviations

    • ch = chain stitch
    • sl st = slip stitch
    • sc = single crochet
    • hdc = half double crochet
    • dc = double crochet

    Note: All instructions use US crochet terms.

    Gauge is not important for this pattern. 

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  • 02 of 07

    Start the Crochet Heart With a Ring

    Make a Ring From Chain Stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    Start by making the base ring that the crochet gets built on.

    Make a slip knot and then ch 4 and join with sl st to form a ring. 

    Turn your work so that the slip knot is at the back of your work.

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  • 03 of 07

    Round 1: Work SC Stitches

    Crochet Heart Round 1 - SC Stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    ch 1 for a turning chain and then sc into the center of the ring 10 times. 

    Join with sl st into the slip stitch from when you formed the ring. Typically you would join to the turning chain, but by changing the placement of the join, it helps shape the heart indent.

    You should have 11 stitches around the circle.

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  • 04 of 07

    Round 2: Work DC and HDC Stitches

    Crochet Heart Round 2 - DC and HDC Stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    Skip the turning chain and make your first double crochet into the first single crochet from round one.

    [dc, ch 1] 2 times. [hdc, ch 1] 2 times.

    dc, ch 1.

    [hdc, ch 1] 2 times. [dc, ch 1] 2 times. 

    sl st in the last two stitches.

    You should have 19 stitches around the circle, which now looks more like a heart.

     

     

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  • 05 of 07

    Round 3: Work SC Stitches

    Crochet Heart Round 3 - SC Stitches
    Mollie Johanson

    ch 1 for a turning chain.

    [sc, ch 1] 8 times. Work the single crochets into the stitches instead of the gaps from the chain stitches on round two.

    sc 2 into the chain before the dc. ch1.

    [sc, ch 1] 9 times. sl st in the last stitch.

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  • 06 of 07

    Finish the Crochet Heart

    Weave In the Ends of the Yarn
    Mollie Johanson

    Cut the yarn, leaving about six inches. Secure the last stitch and weave in the ends with a yarn or tapestry needle.

    As you secure the yarn at the heart indent, weave the needle towards the indent, which helps complete the heart shape.

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  • 07 of 07

    Ways to Use Crochet Hearts

    Finished Crochet Heart
    Mollie Johanson

    Once you make one crocheted heart, you'll probably want to make lots more! What can you do with all those hearts? Here are a few ideas:

    • Make a heart garland by attaching the hearts together on a string of chain stitch. As you make the chain, pass your hook through the back of a heart to connect it, then add more chain and more hearts.
    • Craft heart pins for friends and family. Simply stitch a pin back to the back of the heart. You may want to add a felt backing first.
    • Create crocheted heart cookies for make-believe play. Make one heart with tan yarn on a larger hook (or add an extra round of single crochet) to make it a little bigger. Then make a second heart for the frosting. Stitch them together with colorful yarn "sprinkles!"
    • Stack a bunch of bigger crochet hearts together and tie the pile with a ribbon. You've now got the perfect gift of coasters or washcloths!