As we enter the week leading up to valenteines day our social media feeds begin to fill with corny jokes, flower advertisements, chocolates to buy and more. The pressure to come up with a present can seem like a lot. This year I decided to focus on handmade presents rather then feeding the commercialisation of the day.
While my husband wouldn’t be caught dead using one of these I did like the simplicity of the bookmark and speed at which this bookmark came together. You could make this bookmark with any crochet heart pattern you wanted but I’m going to give the pattern I used below.
Yarn: For this pattern I used 8ply acrylic, I only needed a few meters. It was a good way to use some left over yarn.
Hook: 4mm, to suit my yarn leftovers.
Wide opening bead, I used a 12mm wood bead with a 5mm opening.
Hcd= half double crochet
Row 1: a magic circle, 3dc, 3hdc, ch1, dc, ch1, 3hdc, 3dc, slip stitch into ring and pull closed.
Row 2: ch3, sc in first stitch, dc in the same stitch, hdc in next 4 stitches, ch1, dc in top of the point dc from the last round, ch1, hdc in next 4 stitches skipping the ch1 space from the previous round, dc in next stitch, sc in the same stitch,ch3, slip stitch i to the centre of the heart.
Row 3: ch3, hdc and sc in first stitch, sc, 2sc in next stitch, sc in each of the next 9 stitches, hdc in top of the dc from the previous round, sc in the next 9 stitches, 2 sc in next stitch, sc, sc and hdc in theast stitch, ch3 and slip stir ch into centre. You have now completed the heart.
Tail: continuing from round 3, chain 30. Leave a long tail.
Using a yarn needle thread the bead to the heart end of the tail. I found the yarn needle hepled get the bluky chain through the bead opening.
Sew in the tail and then you are done!
These hearts can be adapted in many ways , including using it as a base block for the koala heart bookmarks! there are many ideas out there for how to turn a simple applique heart into an amazing end product.
If bookmarks aren’t for you there are plenty of little crochet nick-nacks you can make your valentines. Last year I make Burt the honey bee, and a few pokemon balls for my husband. They dont hold the same appeal as a practical gift, but are still pretty cool.
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