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Saturday, January 30, 2010

how to crochet a heart


I am so excited to share another how-to video for my current crochet obsession: hearts! Many of you liked our how-to crochet a flower video, so I know I'm not the only one who sometimes learns better by watching. Sometimes just seeing it done makes all the difference! These little sweethearts are simple to make using basic crochet stitches. And, after a little practice, they take me less than 2 minutes start to finish. They are the perfect size to incorporate on a card or scrapbook page, or on baby accessories. We'll even be using them on our LOVE banner for the Meet & Greet party. If you don't crochet, I've added these to my etsy shop, so you can still feel the love.






Crocheted Heart Pattern

Supplies used:
Size D crochet hook
Size 3 crochet thread or embroidery floss
(Or use any size hook/yarn you have on hand--it will just change the size)

All stitches worked into the first chain.

Ch 4. Work 3 tr (triple crochet) into first ch, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 tr, ch 1, 3 dc, 3 tr. Ch 3, sl st into center and fasten off.

After playing around to create this pattern, I noticed Skip To My Lou has a similar heart pattern. She started with this basic shape, but added two more rounds to make it larger. You can add one or both of her rows to make different sized hearts like I did. But my favorite are still the tiny hearts--so sweet!

Good luck with your hearts, and let us know if you have any questions. I'm no crochet expert, but I've made enough mistakes along the way to have learned a thing or two!

112 comments:

  1. I'm so doing this, but what is the DR abbreviation? I get CH - Chain and TR - Tripple... Think... I'm pretty new to crochet...

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  2. CUTE!!!

    I am going to try this tomorrow!

    Thanks for posting!

    L

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  3. Thanks for posting I've bookmarked it.

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  4. Thanks. One of my new year's resolutions was to learn to crochet. This is just the inspiration that I need.

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  5. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just made one and it is so cute. Can't wait to try different types of threads! :)

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  6. I've been a knitter for four years now and LOVE it. For some reason, every time I have found a super cute pattern lately... it's to crochet. Oi! I saw this post and thought, "Oh, fine. Why not?" Guess I'll learn on hearts!

    Thanks for posting and thanks for the extra little push into the world of crochet!

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  7. thank you for the video... that is soooo helpful. i made a ton of the flowers that you did a video for and this looks like so much fun. getting my yarn and thread now!

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  8. Mandy -

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial. So easy to follow - going to make loads of these!

    Elaine Allen

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  9. SOOOOO cute! I am crochet challenged.

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  10. I stitched one on a shirt for my little gal. take a peak: http://mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com/2010/01/valentines-day-shirt.html

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  11. These look SO SO SO cute, especially on the valentines, but unfortunately I have no patience for crochet. So this is something I will have to admire from afar. I have been reading your blog forever and love it! I would love it you could please come visit my craft blog sometime...honeybearlane.blogspot.com.

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  12. Thank you thank you thank you! I am just learning to crochet and the video combined with the instructions were just perfect. Wonderful!

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  13. I love them, and I'm impressed that you created the pattern yourself! I have a ridiculously low amount of money right now, but I can swing enough to get some yarn and make a heart garland for Valentine's. Thanks so much! And great job on the video!

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  14. they are soo cute ,thank you for the tutorial!
    I`m having a giveaway on my blog so come over and try your luck ;)

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  15. thanks so much for sharing your pattern and the tutorial! love the hearts!

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  16. So cute I had to try it! And I had sooo much fun making hearts and flowers! Thanks so much for the great tutorials.

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  17. Oh one question--how do I make bigger flowers? I'm a novice to crocheting so I need all the help I can get :)

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  18. Success x 2 I did the heart with ease and with the confidence it brought I attempted the flower again which I couldn't quite master and yep you've guessed it I succeeded, yah!!!

    So thanks again for posting these two tutorials.

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  19. Thank you so much! The possiblilties are endless with this sweet little heart!

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  20. I've already posted a comment but had to come back and try it with you and it's so pretty! used a size K crochet hook and Lambs Pride Bulky and then I'm going to felt them! thanks again for sharing the tutorial!

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  21. Thanks for doing another crochet video of a quick project to make! I'm a novice but I'm going to give this a try!

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  22. Thank you so much for posting the crochet video! I mostly knit, but with a video, I might even be able to learn! Love what you did with them too

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  23. Yippee! I just picked up some spring colored yarn and have been on a crochet kick all day (finally got the flower down from your video). I just made a heart from this vid and I am thrilled to add it to my things-I-can-crochet list (and I learned triple crochet, too!) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  24. How do I fasten off? I don't want it to come undone! Do I have to tuck the ends in somewhere with a yarn needle?

    Thanks for your idea and your help.

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  25. How do I fasten off? I don't want it to come undone! Should I tuck the ends into the heart with a yarn needle?

    Thanks for your help and the idea!

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  26. Here are the answers to the questions we've had so far:

    Miss Angie--I think you meant the abbreviation dc. That stands for double crochet. I don't think there was a dr in the pattern (but let me know if I'm wrong!).

    Mare--there are a couple of ways to make bigger flowers (or hearts). The first is to use a thicker yarn and bigger hook. Play around until you find the size you like. Another way for the flowers is to use taller stitches on the petals. So instead of a double crochet, try a triple. Or instead of a triple, try a double triple. Remember, to make a taller stitch just wrap the yarn around an additional time, which will give you more loops to pull through. This will make your petals bigger.

    Renee--to fasten off at the end, cut your yarn (leaving a little tail) and pull that tail through the loop. Pull tight. Then you can either clip it close to the knot or weave your tail into the body of the heart (or flower). I don't bother weaving my ends in unless it is going to be an item with a lot of use. But for an embellishment that is not going to be washed or handled a lot, I don't bother.

    Hope that helps!

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  27. Beautiful!! Thanks for the brilliantly easy pattern! :)

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  28. I MADE IT!!! And it is sooo simple!!! I love it! I'm just thinking of ways to use the wee little hearts for gifts & cards :)

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  29. ok I loved this..super cute, SUPER easy!! I have been crocheting some hearts using another pattern, but this one is super simple and you can also use (which I did) larger yarn and a bigger crochet hook for a bigger heart too!!! Thank YOU!!!

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  30. I'm covering my eyes...they are gorgeous but I don't need to take up another craft! LOL...

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  31. thank you!!! i was try... its easy and cute! my daughter happy from new toys:)))

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  32. Thanks, I don't know how to crocket, but after this turotial, I am giving a try. Thank you again :D

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  33. That's so cute! I really want to try crochet sometime, thankyou!

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  34. awesome tutorial! even a novice like me can whip out my stuff and make one! can't wait to try it! thank you so much!

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  35. I bought some yarn (because I'm away from my own stash), and I think the crochet thread would probably be easier, nicer, and shinier (which is cuter for hearts). Just FYI for everybody! I still like mine, though! Thanks again!

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  36. Another great video tutorial. I practically learned everything I needed to crochet watching your earlier flower video.

    I just made one of these hearts out of super chunky wool/acrylic yarn in deep red and it turned out great. I'm going to make some brooches and headbands out of these ;) Thanks!

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  37. I just wanted to let you know that I made this crochet heart and plan to make more! Thanks again for the tutorial.

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  38. OMG! since i read this post Ive been making these little cuties like crazy I guess i have 50 so far! I LOVE THEM - i featured this post on my blog - candysticklane.blogspot and etsykids.blogspot
    and ive tweeted and posted it to fb - i have everyone i know making them! THANK YOU SO MUCH! you totally rock!

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  39. I watched the video twice and was crocheting hearts like crazy! Just glued some to Valentine cards that I'll be sending out this week. Thanks for the instructions!!!

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  40. Thanks for the pattern! :) I used it to make a special Valentine today!!

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  41. Thanks so much for this tutorial. It was terrific. It helped me so much.. I linked it on my blog today..

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  42. Thank you so much for the video- I finally get it! This is my first project in crochet besides a chain. I am left handed and even understood it. I've made about a dozen so far.

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  43. Thanks for posting this! I have never tried to crochet before, but this video made me go out and get a hook and some yarn!

    Two questions- what did you use to make the bigger hearts?

    -How do you keep the first stitch from getting bigger as you work?? I find that as I'm working, it just keeps expanding!

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  44. awesome! i tried it out last night and it is so easy. thanks so much for the tutorial! here is a card i made with my first crocheted heart!!!

    http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/365107-mebutterfly17/1594368-loveyear-in-cards/?c=t

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  45. I saw this post and sent it to my sister who recenlty got into crocheting. She made me some hearts and I will be using them in a variety of things. Here is one thing I did with 4 of my hearts.

    http://doehlerdays.blogspot.com/2010/02/dollar-store-valentine-craft.html

    Thanks for sharing!

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  46. I know you did this post awhile ago, so I bookmarked it until I could get to it. I just did the heart and you made it so easy! Thank you for excellant instructions, even someone who crochets rarely can follow it. I am going to make more!

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  47. These are just so cute, and it's so easy to follow! I have a larger hole at the centre of my heart than you do, but it's still a heart :D

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  48. These are just so cute, and it's so easy to follow! I have a larger hole at the centre of my heart than you do, but it's still a heart :D

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  49. Ooh these are adorable. guess what I'm off to try !!!
    Thankyou for sharing your little hearts and tutorial on your blog. (thanks Dawn for the link!)
    Shaz :)

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  50. WOW!! I found your blog yesterday. First, let me say that I (A) started crocheting not even 2 months ago, and (B) am left-handed, so this had the possibility of not being the easiest thing in the world. ;)

    I made one of your flowers yesterday, and just finished doing a heart. I also learned how to do a slip knot, the TC, and finishing off by watching you. Although it took me longer, LOL, my heart looks AWESEOME, and I can't wait to attach it to the scarf that I made for my 7yo (along with the flower)! I'm thinking that these would be soooo cute to make for her friends as well (for Christmas gifts)!

    Your instructions are extremely clear, and the angle from which you're recording is perfect. I'm so glad that I found your blog! THANKS!!!

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  51. What another great tutorial..Thanks so much for your inspiration. I love hearts and you make this so easy.

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  52. Thank you SO much! Your videos are so great, just what I needed, to watch and learn! I tried the heart first and was glad I did - it seems a little easier than the flower.

    Thanks AGAIN!!!

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  53. Just came across this cute little heart and gave it a try...easy peasy, even for someone like me that hasn't had a crochet hook in my hand for years. Thanks for the clear instructions and video! I'll be slipping a few of these into some Valentine cards this year!

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  54. Love your hearts! Starting making crochet hearts yesterday during our blizzard! I am going to use your pattern today! Love your blog...it's going on my favs! Blessings....

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  55. This is such a brilliant tutorial and is the first thing I have EVER successfully crocheted! Here are mine if you would like to have a look: http://annabranford.com/uncategorized/crocheted-hearts-and-secret-lives-of-princesses

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  56. Great post! I've written about it in a Must Make Monday blog post on Valentines - http://wp.me/pkcUM-Cx

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  57. I super love the tutorials of simple little projects like this.

    Thanks for posting.

    By any chance do you know how to do the shamrock, my grandmother made one for me years ago but unfortunately all my stuff from my grandmother was burned in a house fire. She made me the most gorgeous green shamrock vest that I would wear every St. Patrick's Day in addition to a shamrock pin.

    :)
    Teri

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  58. I am trying to learn crochet and your videos are the best by far I have found, thank you SO much...brilliant!

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  59. SO inspired!!! That video tutorial made it SO easy :) I've been crocheting since I was a young girl but haven't done much with it except make afghans and scarves. I will definitely be trying this soon! :)

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  60. Love the crocheted hearts, thanks very much for sharing.

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  61. So cute. I wanna make a hundred for my little girl. Just have to learn to crochet (currently trying to master knitting...)

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  62. Thank you for this pattern! I have used it many times. It is so simple, and yet comes out great.

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  63. hi! thank you so much for your pattern.........i will try it today for my chrochet-buttons....;o)
    bye nico

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  64. Hi, I can't wait to try, thank you for the little video, I think it will help me with my novice crochet skills!

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  65. Thanks so much for this tutorial. You made it so easy to follow. I'm very happy to have found your blog. I have placed a link for it on my blog. www.mybuttonsnbows.blogspot.com
    Bye for now, Babs

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  66. The heart is brilliant! The video is perfect! I see a lot of hearts in my future... ;-)

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  67. I love your blog and have learned to make the five petal flower and crochet heart thanks to you. Your tutorials are so easy to follow. Is there any way you could post a tutorial on the larger sized hearts? I did click on the link you referenced for the other blog, but I had a hard time following those directions. Thank you!

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  68. I taught myself to crochet a few weeks ago so I could make Christmas presents :) I'm making bookthongs and your heart pattern is perfect. Do a long chain (90+), crochet the heart on the end, hey presto a heart bookthong to go with the foil choc hearts I've bought! Thanks!!

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  69. I love this Little Birdie Secrets and I have made loads. I made a lovely card using red and purple ones and I talk about it in my blog with all links back to this post.....bravo!!

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  70. Great Video, very good clear instructions! My nieces thank you!

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  71. Fabulous tutorial! Thank You- I am going to go to town making hearts. I found you on Pintrest : )

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  72. Yeahhh, thanks, I learnt my first heart on your easy example! Now have to exercise!

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  73. Thanks for the tute! My granddaughter is in Kinder and they have to collect 100 of "something" (she chose hearts) for the 100th day of school. I told her I'd make her 10 hearts for her board. So far I have one made from macaroni, one from foil, and now this one from pink variegated yarn!

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  74. Found this link on Pinterest but I've been following your blog for awhile. I have never had much luck with crocheting, but this was so simple and so cute when I was done. In less than ten minutes I had my first heart. Thanks for the video!

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  75. Hello! I was looking for an advise on how to knit a heart, because I wanted to gift something handmade for my husband for St. Valentine's day )))So, will try to use your tips.

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  76. Great Pattern! I used your heart pattern in a Valentines Necklace I made and linked back to you in my blog post for the credit. :)

    http://createbellacreate.blogspot.com/2012/02/heart-valentines-necklace-with-matching.html

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  77. Great video, thanks for the help. Mine turned out perfect.

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  78. great video Mandy! I tried it and mine turned out great. I'm looking forward to more of your tutorials. Thanks for sharing this cute idea.

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  79. LOVE and so easy to do! Your video tutorial is wonderful. Thank you, I have done 3 with different types of yarn... #3 was the best I thought to use. THANKS!

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  80. Thank you so much!! i've been looking for a quick and easy heart to make my mother a piece of artwork for her birthday, and yours is definately the best I've come across. Most seem to start with a magic circle, something I just haven't been able to grasp for some reason.

    Thank you again!! xxx

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  81. Thank you Mandy for a wonderful video tutoriaX:)

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  82. Thank you for the lovely video tutorial. Will be making this for my friends =)

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  83. Awww thank you for posting these, I have been looking for a simple heart to crochet and these are so cute x

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  84. OooOOoOOOoooo! That's freaking FANTASTIC!! Thank you SO much for posting this!

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  85. A beautiful friend taught me how to crochet a granny square months ago and I'm working on a blanket. Thanks to this great video I can now crochet 2 things!

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  86. Have you strung these together to make a scarf or a garland?

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  87. How I just love these little hearts - they crochet up exactly like they look like on the screen. Have used them as decoration on a pair of Mary Janes for a new baby - just darling. Thank you

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  88. finally a heart I can understand! thank you so much,, I have been trying this for 2 days and have made 3 hearts...not that even lol

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  89. Thanks so much :) I used this to add to another mini project. I am a complete beginner and loved it :) The finished product is up on pinterest :)

    http://pinterest.com/pin/70579919132183726/

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  90. The video instructions were wonderful! Also, I second the shamrock suggestion. I will search the site when I finish this post to see if you already took the suggestion!

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  91. I am going to make these and add a tail for a bookmarker to give to my grandson's teachers for valentine day!

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  92. Thank you so much for the easy to follow video. I am enjoying learning these great new projects.

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  93. Thank you so much or posting this video. I was just shown some basic crochet a couple weeks ago and have been trying to figure out some patterns, to no avail. This video really helps! Hearts for everyone now!

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  94. I Love your heart u-tube and directions! Thank You!

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  95. I LOVE this Tutorial and wanted to say thank you! its awesome and I have made a project and it will be posted on my blog tomorrow and I will be linking back here so others can enjoy your tutorial too!
    hugs Samantha

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  96. I used your lovely video to make heart-shaped cat noses! thank you :>

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  97. My husband wanted to surprise me for Valentine's Day with a crocheted heart. He found this tutorial, my yarn, and hooks and went to town. Since he is completely new to crocheting, let alone doing hand-crafts, he realized that he either needed to throw in the towel or ask for help. With a little bit of coaching, he finished his heart and is so pleased. Thank you for posting. This is certainly the sweetest Valentine's gift I've received: a heart crocheted by my husband to keep in my pocket so I can feel his love wherever I go.

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  98. Thank you for sharing your expertise, even though the heart is a lovely simple shape its brill for beginners, I´ve made several of them and have crocheted them into a little new born baby welcome - bunting style.

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  99. I really like your pattern easy to follow and simple. let there be hearts everywhere! :)

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  100. love these!i made one in minutes and will make more..thanks!

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  101. I can't wait to make these for my preemie baby hats that I make and donate to local hospitals. Thank you so much.

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  102. Oh these are so adorable, thank you for sharing.

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  103. Wonderful and simple pattern. Love that you made a video, that helped a lot.The hearts turn out so cute. Thank you for posting.

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  104. Thanks so much for sharing this adorable heart pattern! I am a novice "crocheter" and your video gives me the confidence to try it!

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  105. How amazing was it to work right along with you, so helpful, so fun! Love my little heart, thanks!

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  106. Thank you SO much for this, I absolutely LOVE my hearts so much, thank you!

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  107. Such an easy pattern for an awesome heart! Thanks for sharing!

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  108. Thank you so much for the cute, easy pattern.

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