Sunday, March 6, 2016

Granny Heart Motif

I have always like hearts and this Granny Heart Motif is fun and easy to crochet. It starts with a simple Granny Square. Next the sides are crocheted to form a cute heart. I’ve included a tutorial on how to crochet Granny Squares just in case you’ve never tried them.

I hope you enjoy crocheting this pattern a much as I did experimenting and coming up with it. I found inspiration on Pinterest and other crochet designer’s patterns so I can’t take complete credit for the idea, but I wanted to share this tutorial to help spark your own creativity. Feel free to make the pattern your own and create all sorts of fun projects with it.

How to Crochet a Granny Square
Granny Squares are very easy to learn. You begin with a starting chain of stitches which you join to create a ring. The next round is worked into the center of the ring, not into the chain stitches. The rounds consist of shells of 3 double crochet stitches separated by chain stitches. Each round after this is then worked into the spaces between the shells. You can make a square as large as you want by adding rounds of shells and chains.

Chain 3, slip stitch into the first chain to create a ring.

Round 1: ch3, 2dc into the ring, ch3 *3dc, ch3* rep three times for a total of 4 sets of shells, join in the 3rd starting ch

Round 2: slip stitch to the first ch3 sp, ch3, 2dc into the 1st ch3 sp, into the same sp work ch3, 3dc, ch1, into each ch3 sp around work (3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1), join in the 3rd starting ch

Round 3: slip stitch to the first ch3 sp, into the first ch3 sp work (ch3, 2dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1) *into the next (ch1 sp work 3dc, ch1) into the next ch3 sp work (3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1) rep around, join into the 3rd starting ch

Increase the size of the square by adding rounds working 3dc, ch3, 3dc, ch1 into each corner and 3dc, ch1 into each ch1 space. If you want to change colors for each round, leave a long tail to weave in later and fasten off the yarn. Join the new color into any ch3 space beginning with ch3, 2dc for the first shell.

Creating a Heart Shape
Once you have your square the size you desire, slip stitch to the 1st double crochet of the middle shell on the side of the square. Chain 3, skip the second double crochet, and slip stitch into the third double crochet. Chain 3 and slip stitch into the next ch3 space. Turn the square and work 9 more double crochet into the chain 3 space on the side of the square. When you work the 9th double crochet, slip stitch into the corner ch3 sp.

If you have a larger Granny Square you will need another half round of stitches to form the side of the heart. Chain 3 and slip stitch into the side of the square and work a double crochet into the same space as the chain 3. Work 2 double crochet between each double crochet around to the other edge of the square. Slip stitch into the side of the square to anchor this half round.

Continue in this manner until you have reached the proper number of half rounds. Slip stitch round the edge to the 1st double crochet of the middle shell, chain 3 and then slip stitch into the 3rd double crochet of the middle shell. Repeat the pattern to crochet the other half of the heart shape.

Once you have both sides of the heart done, chain 1 and work a round of single crochet around the entire heart. At the center of the top of the square work sc3tog to form the top V shape of the heat. At the bottom point of the heart work 3 single crochet into the chain 3 space. Join in the beginning chain 1, fasten off and weave in the tails.  

2 Round and 1 Round Granny Square Heart Motifs

You may feel free to sell anything you make with my patterns, just please give me credit as the designer. If you wish to share the pattern, please share the link to this blog or the pattern link from Raverly. Be sure to stop by my Facebook page and give it a like and join in the fun. 

I have a books under the pen names of Dorothy Wilks and Cynthia Welsh which go into more detail about how to crochet Granny Squares, how to join them, plan the size of your project, and different variations on this motif. Check them out on Amazon!

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