For Christmas, I really wanted to make some of my gifts, mainly to:
- save money
- avoid the shopping centres
- not contribute to a wasteful society by getting single use gifts with lots of packing
- show my loved ones I care by making something for them from scratch.
I was keen to try some mason jar gifts (more on those in a few days) and wanted to do something handmade to decorate ithem. I learnt how to crochet a year ago and have been enjoying trying new pieces to expand my skills, so I thought a crochet decoration would would compliment the jars.
I searched the web and found a good heart pattern on Crochet Leaf. I modified it slightly to get the look I wanted and to make it three-dimensional. I have listed the modified instructions below. This is very forgiving pattern and it’s easy to fudge your way through a little bit if you lose count!
Crochet love heart ornaments
Select 2 wool colours (to make the instructions clear I’m going to use red and green) and grab a 4.5-5.5mm hook. You’ll also need some toy stuffing.
This pattern uses US crochet terms. For an explanation of each stitch, here is a helpful website.
- Make a magic ring with the red wool (this is a good video to learn how to do a magic ring – I struggled for to get it right at first)
- Round 1: Chain 2, 15 dc into ring, sl st into top of first dc.
- Round 2: Chain 2; 1 dc into same stitch; 4 trc into next stitch; 2 dc into next stitch; 1 hdc into each of next four stitches; 1 dc, 1 trc, 1 dc into next stitch (bottom point); 1 hdc into each of next four stitches; 2 dc into next stitch; 4 trc in next stitch; 1 dc into next stitch; chain 2; sl st into same stitch.
- Finish off, pull magic ring closed and weave in ends.
- Repeats steps 2-4 to make a 2nd red heart.
- To join red hearts together we’re going to do a green border. Start by pulling green thread through the first stitch (ie the heart indent) and make a loop to secure. Make sure you leave a good 10-15cm tail.
- Round 3: chain 1; 1 dc in next stitch; 2 dc in next 5 stitches; 1 dc in next 6 stitches; 1 dc, 1 trc in next stitch (you are now at the bottom point); 1 trc, 1 dc in next stitch; 1 dc in next 6 stitches; (NOTE! stop here and stuff the heart!); 2 dc in next 5 stitches; 1 dc in next stitch, chain 1, slip stitch into centre point.
- Trim green thread to 10-15cm and knot both green threads together (these can be used to attach the heart to a gift or hang the heart up).
Here is a couple of examples of how you can use them.
As tree decorations (yes that’s a little white owl peaking through and my tree is black!)
As a decoration for gifts, like these choc chips cookies I made for my mason jar gifts.