Sunday, November 29, 2015

Scandinavian Crocheted Christmas Heart


Crocheted Christmas Heart
These crocheted hearts are one of my favorite decorations to come from my Danish family. Dad received a beautiful crocheted table cover with lose crocheted hearts that he still uses every Christmas.  I have loved giving these as gifts to my most cherished friends and family members. Adding a tag with the history of the Scandinavian woven heart is the perfect finish for this project.


Supplies:
Red lightweight cotton yarn (Paton's Grace is my favorite for the hearts)
2.35mm crochet hook
Ribbon

Instructions:
       Chain 15.
      Double crochet in 9th chain from the hook. Chain 2.
      Skip 2 chains and double crochet. Chain 2.
       Double crochet in first chain.
      Chain 5. Turn.
       Skip 3 stitches and double crochet in the top of the post. Chain 2.
       Skip 2 Stitches and double crochet in the top of the post. Chain 2.
      Skip 3 stitches and double crochet.
       Chain 5 and turn.
     Skip 3 stitches and double crochet in the top of the post. Chain2.
   Skip 2 stitches and double crochet in the top of the post. Chain 2.
   Skip 3 stitches and double crochet. (You should now have a box that has 9 squares.
   Chain 1.
   Single crochet 3 times in the first box.
   Single crochet 1, chain 5, single crochet 1, in the middle box.
   Single crochet 3 times in the next box. (You should now be at the point where you crocheted your first chain.
   Chain 3.
  Single crochet 3 more times in the same box, making sure to crochet over the tail to hide it.
   Single crochet 1, chain 5, single crochet 1 in the next box.
  Single crochet 3 times in the box and clip off the tail.
   Chain 1.
   Flip your work over so your loops are on the left side and the bottom rather than the right side and the bottom.
   Triple crochet 1, chain 1. Do this 7 times, then add 1 more triple crochet.
   Slip stitch into the center where you chained 3.
  Triple crochet 1, chain 1. Do this 8 times then chain 1.
   Skip 3 stitches and slip stitch. Chain 1.
   Single crochet 2 times in the first box.
   Single crochet 2 times in the next box.
 In the next box single crochet 2 times, chain 2, single crochet 2 times. (This forms the point of the heart).
  Single crochet 2 times in the next box.
   Single crochet 2 times in the next box.
   Single crochet 2 times in the next space, which is just before first triple crochet you did.
   Single crochet 2 in each of the next 7 spaces.
   Slip stitch in the next space.
  Chain 27.
   Slip stitch in the next space. (not in the very center of the heart but just to the left of it).
   Single crochet 2 in each of the next 8 spaces.
   Slip stitch in the next stitch, clip the string to about 2 inches long, pull it through the loop, bury the end and clip off the excess.
  Starch the heart so it doesn’t droop when hanging and add a bow.


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