Friday, 12 April 2013

My Tiny Heart


A while back I crocheted a micro heart. It's 0.8cm wide and it's the smallest thing I've ever crocheted.

Someone requested the pattern so I'm sharing it in this post. This is my own pattern but I have to say that it has been influenced by other crochet patterns. Amigurumi hearts were some of the first items I crocheted. Unfortunately, I can't remember the different patterns I used in those early days of crochet - I know that MyGurumi's gorgeous Pop Heart pattern was one of them. The method for creating the humps/bulges of the heart is something I learned from these patterns and, even though I can't remember all their names, I give them credit for helping me with my tiny heart.

I hope you enjoy the pattern.

My Tiny Heart





Size
The size will depend on the hook and thread you use. My 0.8cm/0.3in wide heart was made with sewing cotton and a 0.6mm hook. My 4cm/1.6in wide heart was made with DK weight yarn and a 3.0mm hook.

Skill Level
Moderate. Like my micro pig, I'm not sure how to rate the skill level. It's a simple pattern but if you're attempting to make a very small heart and want to work with sewing thread and a fine hook, crocheting will be difficult. Micro crochet is still new to me and I'm still learning all the tricks but really the key is patience. Take it slow and you'll get there.

Materials
Yarn/Thread
Red

Crochet Hook - choose a size that matches your yarn/thread and that will give you a nice tight stitch.
Filling
Needle
Scissors

Terminology
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.

Instructions

I'm using the word hump to describe the bulges of the heart. I wish I could think of a better word. Bulge seemed worse than hump and lobe seemed out of place. Ah well, on with the pattern.

First Hump (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around
Cut yarn leaving a tail. Sl st in next stitch and pull yarn through to fasten off. Do not weave in the tail of yarn.

Second Hump and Body of the Heart (in Red)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in ring (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (12)
Rnd 3: sc in each st around

In Rnd 4 you will be crocheting the two humps together. As you crochet, make sure that the tail of yarn left on the first hump hangs between the two humps.  (See, that sounds rude, right? Maybe I should have used the word lobe.) This will be used at the end to close up any gaps left between the humps.

Rnd 4: sc in next 6 st of the second hump, take the first hump and make a sc in stitch near the tail of yarn, then sc in the next 11 st around the first hump. When you reach the second hump, continue to crochet, sc in the remaining 6 st of the second hump (24)



And 4: ... take the first hump and make a sc in stitch near the tail of yarn (marked by white x)...




Rnd 5: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (18)
Rnd 6: sc in each st around
Rnd 7: *sc in next st, sc2tog*  around (12)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Stuff the heart firmly.
Rnd 9: sc2tog around (6)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches, pulling tight to close up hole. Weave in end. Use the tail of yarn hanging between the two humps to close up the small gap left between them.
Weave in yarn end.






Your heart is finished. Make sure you give it to someone who deserves it ;)

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