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Free Amigurumi Crochet Pattern- Nesting Hearts for Valentine's Day

Posted on January 11, 2020 by Lorene Eppolite | 0 Comments

 

Happy 2020, everyone! New year, new decade, new beginnings. If you’re like me, you have a list of goals and resolutions as long as your arm, but I wanted to share just the number one thing at the top of my list: 

#1 Keep love in your heart

Tiny story-time: just before the holidays I went to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the movie about Fred Rogers, and it moved me profoundly to remember the absolute gem that was the children’s show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, but most especially the man himself. Mr. Rogers approached every aspect of life with kindness and compassion, and the positive effect that had is undeniable. I’m not proposing anything wild with my resulting resolution. I just know that even the smallest interaction can make or break someone’s day, and that positivity influences positivity, and that I personally want to kick my habit of falling into the negative, because I can be very guilty of it sometimes (especially in self-talk).

So for the first month of 2020, I wanted to share this sweet, huggable ami that reminds us all to keep a little love in our hearts! It’s so satisfying to press the mini heart in place, and I just love the little hands reaching out, like it’s asking for a hug. I hope you’ll join us in making this goober, I’m excited to see all the love!

These little guys will make the perfect Valentine's Day gift, so you can share the love in your heart!

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ABOUT OUR DESIGNER

Brenna Eaves is the one-woman team behind Little Raven Fiber Arts. A self-taught fiber artist with more than 13 years’ experience building things with stitches, she has the type of yarn stash that, if unraveled and tied end to end, would stretch to the moon and back. Though also an accomplished knitter, cross-stitcher, writer, artist, and graphic designer, crochet is her happy place. She lives and works out of Wisconsin.

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SUPPLIES

-Worsted weight yarn in a main color and secondary color (for the inset heart)
Main: > 400yds
Secondary: ~ 30yds

-5.0mm (H) Furls Odyssey crochet hook

-9mm black safety eyes

-Stuffing

-Tapestry needle

-Scrap yarn for the mouth

PATTERN DETAILS

Dimensions
Main heart: ~10” wide, ~9” tall
Inset heart: 2” tall

Notes 

-Do not join rounds with slp st or ch 1 at the beginning of rounds unless otherwise instructed. Use a stitch marker to mark your place

-TRIPLE SC DEC: pull up a loop in each of the next 3 sc, yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook. It’s just like a regular sc dec, but with one more sc in the mix, reducing three stitches down to one instead of just two stitches down to one.

Abbreviations
Ch = chain
Slp st = slip stitch
Sc = single crochet
Sc dec = single crochet decrease
Triple sc dec = triple single crochet decrease (see notes)
Hdc = half double crochet
Dc = double crochet
Rep = repeat
2x, 3x, etc = 2 times, 3 times, etc
Rep *-* = repeat the instructions inside of the asterisks the indicated number of times
BLO = back loops only
FO = finish off

PART ONE

In Part One, we’ll be completing the front panel of the main heart along with the outer border of the main heart and the little cutout’s lining, and then in Part Two we’ll make the back panel of the main heart, put the two heart parts together, give it little hugging arms, and make the mini hearts for the inset!

  

MAIN HEART PANEL (front)

Ch 3

Row 1: 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in last ch, TURN (4)

Row 2: 3 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (7)

Row 3: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (9)

Row 4: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 7 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (11)

Row 5: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (13)

Row 6: sc in each sc across, TURN (13)

Row 7: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 11 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (15)

Row 8: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 13 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (17)

Row 9: sc in each sc across, TURN (17)

Row 10: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 15 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (19)

Row 11: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 17 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (21)

Row 12: sc in each sc across, TURN (21)

Row 13: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 19 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (23)

Row 14: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 21 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (25)

The next row starts side A of an A/B split to create the mini heart cutout.

Row 15a: sc in 1st 12 sc, TURN leaving last 13 unworked (12)

Row 16a: sc dec, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (12)

Row 17a: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 9 sc, sc dec, TURN (12)

Row 18a: sc in each sc across (12)

Row 19a: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 9 sc, sc dec, TURN (12)

Row 20a: sc in each sc across, TURN (12)

Row 21a: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in last 11 sc, TURN (13)

Row 22a: sc in each sc across, TURN (13)

Row 23a: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in last 12 sc, TURN (14)

Row 24a: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in last 13 sc, TURN (15)

Row 25a: sc in 1st 14 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (16)

Row 26a: 3 sc in 1st sc, sc in last 15 sc, TURN (18)

Row 27a: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in last 17 sc, DO NOT FO. Save this stitch so it doesn’t pull out, I used a clipping stitch marker in the active loop.

 

 

Remember those 13 unworked stitches we left after Row 15a? With the other end of the skein (if you are using the center-pull end of yarn, you’ll use the one that winds around the outside, and vice versa), make a slipknot and place it on the hook. We’re going to start the B side of the A/B split, which puts us on the same row that 15a was on: skip the next sc of that row and work as follows:

Row 15b: sc in last 12 sc, TURN (12)

Row 16b: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in next 9 sc, sc dec, TURN (12)

Row 17b: sc dec, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (12)

Row 18b: sc in each sc across, TURN (12)

Row 19b: sc dec, sc in next 9 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (12)

Row 20b: sc in each sc across, TURN (12)

Row 21b: sc in 1st 11 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (13)

Row 22b: sc in each sc across, TURN (13)

Row 23b: sc in 1st 12 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (14)

Row 24b: sc in 1st 13 sc, 2 sc in last sc, TURN (15)

Row 25b: 2 sc in 1st sc, sc in last 14 sc, TURN (16)

Row 26b: sc in 1st 15 sc, 3 sc in last sc (18)

FO this side of the heart midsection.

Put the reserved stitch from Row 27a back on the hook: ch 7, sc in FO sc of side B (we’re bridging the gap between the two sides): sc in each of the last 17 sc, TURN

Row 28: sc in 1st 18 sc, sc across next 7 ch, sc in last 18 sc, TURN (43)

Rows 29-31: sc in each sc across, TURN (43)

Row 32: sc in 1st 21 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in last 21 sc, TURN (44)

Here we’re going to start another A/B row split-off to build the heart lobes.

Row 33a: sc in 1st 20 sc, sc dec, TURN

Row 34a: sc dec, sc in last 19 sc, TURN (20)

Row 35a: sc in each sc across

Row 36a: sc dec, sc in next 16 sc, sc dec, TURN (18)

Row 37a: sc in each sc across, TURN (18)

Row 38a: sc dec, sc in last 16 sc, TURN (17)

Row 39a: sc dec, sc in last 15 sc, TURN (16)

Row 40a: sc dec, sc in next 12 sc, sc dec, TURN (14)

Row 41a: sc dec, sc in next 10 sc, sc dec, TURN (12)

Row 42a: sc dec, sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next 4 sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc, sc dec (10)

FO this side. 

Make a slipknot and place it on the hook. In the next sc of Row 33 (with the first lobe on the right) work as follows:

Row 33b: sc dec, sc in last 20 sc, TURN (21)

Row 34b: sc in 1st 19 sc, sc dec, TURN (20)

Row 35b: sc in each sc across, TURN (20)

Row 36b: sc dec, sc in next 16 sc, sc dec, TURN (18)

Row 37b: sc in each sc across, TURN (18)

Row 38b: sc in 1st 16 sc, sc dec, TURN (17)

Row 39b: sc in 1st 15 sc, sc dec, TURN (16)

Row 40b: sc dec, sc in next 12 sc, sc dec, TURN (14)

Row 41b: sc dec, sc in next 10 sc, sc dec, TURN (12)

Row 42b: sc dec, sc in next sc, hdc in next sc, dc in next 4 sc, hdc in next sc, sc in next sc, sc dec (10)

DO NOT FO. Ch 1 and start to work a sc border evenly around the entire silhouette of the heart. I worked 132 sc around: your number does not have to match mine, just make sure that it DOES match the number of sc you work around the back panel. This will make sewing the pieces together much easier because it will all match up. STILL DO NOT FO. You should be back at your ch 1: PM and work even (with sc) in the BLO for one round. Then, in both loops, work another 5 full rounds even, and then finally we can FO, leaving a very long tail for assembly later. 

Put the safety eyes in at Row 12 of the main heart, centered underneath the heart cutout. Using scrap yarn, embroider a little smiling mouth between the two eyes. If you prefer, you can use fabric paint, just allow it to dry for as long as directed before continuing. 

MAKING THE CUTOUT MORE HEART-SHAPED

Make a slipknot and place it on the hook. The bottom of the heart should be pointing away from you, the border we just worked should be facing down. Working into the underside of the ch 7 from Row 28, reattach yarn with a sc to the far right side: sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, ch 1, hdc in next ch, sc in next ch, slp st in last ch. FO and weave in those ends. Your little cutout in the center of the heart should now be more heart-shaped!

  

LINING FOR THE HEART INSET

Starting with a long tail for assembly, ch 7

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, TURN (6)

Rows 2-16: sc in each sc across, TURN (6)

Row 17: ch 1, working in BLO for this row only, sc in each sc across, TURN (6)

Rows 18-32: sc in each sc across, TURN (6)

FO leaving a long tail for assembly. The row we worked in BLO marks the center of the heart lobes, or the dc + ch 1 from “making the cutout more heart-shaped” above.

Using one of the FO ends, sew the lining for the heart inset along the inside edge of that cutout. The unworked front loops from row 17 should be facing into the heart inset (so we can see it) and it should draw a line down from the dc + ch 1 mentioned above. Weave in this end only.

 

 

That’s it for this week! We’ve made a ton of progress already… join us next week for the back piece of the main heart, the little arms, and the mini hearts that go inside!

 

 

PART TWO

Coming Saturday, January 25, 2020


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