Saturday, 14 February 2015

Make It ! A Big Heart Hanging Pouch !!!

…Ok ! Ok ! Ok! Today is Saint Valentine's Day and I decided to challenge myself with a crocheted heart ( I wrote a couple of easy knitted patterns - here and here - a while ago !), just for fun!

I was browsing on Pinterest for some inspiration, I just typed cross stitch hearts and thousands of hearts came out! My original idea was to make something pixelated….

...Well, more or less!!!

This is what I was able to create/craft….


… a big (37x30cm, more or less) heart hanging pouch, to fill with lovely notes or cards !!!!!

I apologise for the quality of my pics (all taken with my smartphone!), but the weather has not been so sunny the last couple of days!!!! ;((

Anyway, if you are interested to crochet something similar, you just need :



  • a hook (mine was a 3mm)
  • some colourful yarns (mine : 100%acrylic from Moda Vera Marvel 8 ply)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a pair of scissors with round blades
  • stitch marker (optional)
  • yarn needle
  • some pins
  • cotton thread
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • needle to fit the button's holes
Instead to crochet some mini granny squares (as I did for my fox apron), I decided to crochet some (total : 91) basic double crochet circles (please note that I follow the US crochet terminology!), each made of one round of 16 DCs !!!




The pattern for the basic DC circle is the following :

make a slip knot on your hook and chain 5, then insert the hook in the first chain to make a ring.
Chain 1 and work 16 double crochets into the ring and make a slip stitch in the top of the first DC, then cut the yarn and fasten off. Trim in the ends.

At the beginning of my "crochet brainstorming" I didn't know if to crochet the circles singularly or to join them together with the join as you go method….. I decided to go for vertical strips : 5 strips of 9 circles each, 2 strips of 8 circles each, 2 strips of 7 circles each, 2 strips of 5 circles each and 2 strips of 3 circles each !!!




So, practically, I joined each circle just at the top of the previous one, with a little overlapping (next time I have to try the crocodile stitch for a more satisfying 3D effect !) …. How I did that?
As I told you, each circle is made of 16 DC, so after completing the 7th DC, I started the 8th one, just half of it. Then I inserted the point of the hook in the last stitch done of the prior circle, wrapped the yarn around the hook and pulled the hook back trough the circle and the 2 loops on the hook : 8th DC completed, as you can see in the following pics :




…and after that, you crochet the remanent 8 DC to complete your circle and fasten off!!!

Some photos taken during the making …









At a certain point all the strips were done, so I started to arrange them on the table to have an idea of the final shape of the heart …

5 vertical strips of 9 circles...


2 vertical strips of 8 circles …



2 vertical strips of 7 circles …



2 vertical strips of 5 circles …



… and eventually, 2 vertical strips of 3 circles ….



My first idea was simple : sew all the circle on the tea towel and then hang it somewhere in the house, but it didn't go in that way !
I collected some colourful yarns, cut lengths out of them and I began to knot the circles together…










…. almost there …




…. heart done …. !!!! ….





Then I collected a thick (3mm) piece of felt (45x30cm), where I outstretched my heart on and fixed it with the help of some pins …



… and with the help of a yarn needle and some matching yarn (blue as the felt), I started to sew the heart on ...





You can see the back of the sewing …



…. and the points where I started and ended the stitching … there is an opening left in the top of the heart ...



From my sewing basket, I collected a pair of scissors with rounded blades to cut out the heart from the piece of felt …



… and you will have something like this …



Choose a nice ribbon, some buttons and a colourful cotton thread to sew on the back of your heart…




Your heart is ready to be displayed somewhere in the house where your lovelies can see it and leave in some sweet notes or cards for you and the other members of the family …





My Ravelry notes can be found HERE !!!

Happy Saint Valentine's Day !!!!

xxxx, Alessandra

Today links : Link your Stuff and Craft Schooling Sunday !!!! Don't forget Busy Fingers Showing Off #80! !!!! ;oD





18 comments:

  1. Oh my Gosh! It's lovely! I especially like the effect the little ties make! Just adorable! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. A great heart! Happy Valentine to you all, byebye

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  3. hello fellow heart blogger....that's really stunning! very clever. Perhaps I could make a mini one? really it's lovely though. Happy valentine's! X

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  4. Se non fosse che ho più cuori che cuscini(e tu sai cosa significa!), me lo farei subito!Buon San Valentino,Ale!:-)))

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  5. so clever and cute, my dear!!
    happy valentine´s...♥♥♥
    xxxo, martina

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  6. Wow, this is super cool, Ale! Looks like a candy heart :))

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  7. What a great pattern! So cute! Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Wow! that is wonderful! Thanks for sharing the making of it.

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  9. So sweet!!! Happy Valentine's Day! :)

    Amy

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  10. So pretty!!! It would look great hanging on your front door instead of a wreath as well as anywhere inside the house too. I live the pixel/circle idea! xx

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  11. Awesome work! Love it!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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