A few years ago, I knit a heart and put it into a scrapbook 12″x12″ frame. It’s on the wall in my little foyer (seen here) and I kind of love it.
When I came across this pin of a crochet pineapple heart (on Valentine’s Day, no less), I knew it would make a great accompaniment to my knit heart. You can find the original crochet hotpad pattern HERE. I used some worsted weight yarn and 5.5mm (US-I) hook.
It’s kind of beautiful.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but my oldest son is in Cub Scouts and I’m sorta kinda (ok, really) in charge of his den. With Valentine’s Day next week, I thought I should help the boys make something for their teacher/mom/dad/little love.
After discussing and demonstrating the overhand and square knots (an elective in their book), we moved on to this leather project. I used instructions from Wood & Faulk and we were able to make key rings in under half an hour.
I had the leather pieces cut & punched beforehand, so I just had to measure out leather cord and then help them lace it right. I am in love with the results!
Pattern: My go-to ripple blanket pattern; see my other three under the “chevrons” tag, HERE
Yarn: Yarn Bee’s Soft Secret (a Hobby Lobby brand, 100% acrylic); 2 skeins Honey, 2 skeins Hayloft, 1 skein Mist
Hook: 5mm (US H)
Beginning chain of 146, 78 rows, crochet through the back loop only on every row. Took about 10 days from start to finish.
When I started this blanket, I wasn’t quite set on the color pattern. I have another lighter color I was planning on using, but after I made that first light yellow block, I didn’t think it would work. I wanted the gray to touch both shades, but didn’t want them to touch each other. They still compliment one another, but I like that the gray breaks them up.
Last year, I guest-posted this tutorial on a blog that no longer seems to be active. I thought I’d re-post it here for you guys. It utilizes the 5-minute crochet heart pattern I posted HERE, but you could sub any heart. This is just a simple Valentine’s Day decoration idea. I hope you like it!
First, the “anatomy” of the 5-minute heart. The spaces at points a-d will be where you will be inserting your hook for the garland.
Step 1: Inset your hook into space a and pull a loop through.
Step 2: Insert your hook into space b and pull a loop through the heart and the loop on your hook.
Step 3: Insert your hook into space c and pull a loop through the heart and the loop on your hook.
Step 4: Insert your hook into the stitch at point d and pull a loop through the heart and the loop on your hook.
Step 5: Chain 1, over the top of your heart.
Chain 5 (or however long you would like the spaces between your hearts) and then insert your hook into space a on your next heart and pull a loop through. Repeat the steps for this heart and each subsequent heart on your garland. Mine is only 4 hearts, but you can certainly make a longer one! I’ve even used a single heart with a long chain to wrap a gift. It was SUPER sweet.
This was hung in an open window. The cool breeze had it swaying. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it!
When thinking of a little something-something for my kids to gift to their teachers on Valentine’s Day, I only knew I wanted to incorporate a granny square in there. I don’t know why, I guess they were on my mind!
I scoured Ravelry for a granny square HEART (there are a lot, by the way) and fell in love with THIS pattern. It’s super easy and I made 2 in less than half an hour. I used Sugar & Cream cotton and a 6mm (J) hook. I omitted the picot edge and instead made a solid crochet round. I whip-stitched two hearts together from about the third DC-group from the corner to the exact spot on the opposite side. You’re leaving a space to put the rice pack in.
I waited until I got the hearts sewn to make the rice packs. I found something circular that was about the right size (a CD?) to use as my pattern and then I just traced it on the back of some pretty fabric. Sew two layers together, leaving an inch open, funnel in some rice, then whip-stitch the hole.
I’m going to include a little card with some general rice pack instructions.
Are you getting your Valentine craft on? It’s one of my favorite times to be crafty. I love hearts!