Ok, that’s it. I’m calling it. I’ve made THE CUTEST THING! No other things can compare, I’m throwing in the towel. MY WORK HERE IS DONE!
But for reals, I am SO excited about these DIY crochet conversation hearts! Overall, I’m not really in to Valentine’s Day EXCEPT for all the kitschy nifty-gifties! I love the red velvety roses, those little plush bears holding hearts and heart shaped boxes of chocolates. It’s like for one day of the year we all forget what good taste is and live out a 1950s romantics dream. It’s too much fun!
But I think my favourite Val-Day kitschyness would definitely have to be conversation hearts, although weirdly I’ve never actually seen them in the flesh (I don’t think we have them in Australia?)! I love the pastel colours and daggy loved-up messages so of course I couldn’t let the 14th of Feb pass by without at least one conversation heart inspired DIY!
These plush little hearts are so easy to whip up (only two crochet stitches needed!) and are just so cute! Create a collection for that special someone, pop them on a keyring as a gift for your gal pals or just make one for yourself! To get started, you’ll need:
- 8 ply cotton yarn in cute colours!
- 3.5mm hook
- Polyester fibre fill
- Large darning needle
To begin, crochet up two hearts using 8ply cotton yarn and a 3.5mm hook. We’re using a smaller hook than the regular 4mm to make sure that the crochet is nice and tight so none of the stuffing will pop out!
To make the hearts, I used a wonderful pattern from Andee Graves at Mamas2Hands! Andee has provided both a pattern chart and written pattern so it’s super easy to follow along! Click through to take a look.
A quick note – this pattern is in US terminology so if you use UK terminology (like I do!), it’s can be little confusing. But don’t worry, I’ll talk you through it.
Andee’s pattern starts of with a round of US double crochet, which in UK terminology is known as treble stitch (that’s the one we use for granny squares!). So when following the pattern, replace dc with tr.
Following that, the next row is made up of US trebel, which in UK terms in double treble (see here for a fab video demo!) and more US double crochet (UK treble!). So for the next row, replace tr with dtr and dc with tr!
If you’d like more info about the UK/US terminology translation, check out this article from Simply Crochet Mag (it goes into more detail regarding crochet hook and yarn terms too!).
And that’s it! Only two rows needed! Next, thread your needle up with 8 ply yarn in a contrasting colour and use a backstitch to embroider on a love-message! Because of the loopy textured nature of crochet, it’s best to use a thick yarn and large-ish stitches as smaller, detailed stitches can get lost.
Once you’ve finished stitching, thread up your needle with one of the heart’s tails and use it to stitch the two together. Use a whip stitch and simply pass the needle under the tops of the stitches, tucking in the remaining tails as you go around.
Pop some polyester filling inside the heart and once you’re made it fully around, end off with a knot and the tuck the remaining tail into the heart.
Ta da! You’re now officially ready for Valentine’s Day! Ah the kitschy cuteness! It’s just too much!
If you give these a whirl, tag your photos with #madewithpaperandpin so I can follow along! I love to see your makes!