How to Crochet a Heart

I had great fun working out this crochet heart pattern! I wanted to create a classic heart shape and I think I've just about succeeded:

pink crochet heart

Like the look of this heart? I do hope so!

First of all I'm going to give you the basic pattern in writing, and then for those of you who like to see some pix, I've put the photo tutorial below.

This heart measures one and a half inches (4 cm) across at the widest point - the height is almost exactly the same.

I'm using a 100% mercerized cotton sport weight yarn (Katia Capri) and a 3.0 mm hook.

I think cotton works best, but you can use any yarn you like for this :)

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Heart pattern:

US Terms:

Start with a magic ring.

Round 1: Chain 2, 15 dc into ring, sl st into top of first dc.

Round 2: Chain 2, 1 dc into same stitch, 4 trc into next stitch, 2 dc into next stitch, 1 hdc into each of next four stitches.

Now we are at the point at the bottom of the heart:

1 dc, 1 trc, 1 dc into next stitch.

Going up the other side:

1 hdc into each of next four stitches, 2 dc into next stitch, 4 trc into next stitch, 1 dc into next stitch, chain 2, sl st into same stitch.

I work that last slip stitch from the back of the heart to improve the finishing. You can see how I do this below.

Fasten off, pull magic ring closed, weave in ends.

UK Terms:

Start with a magic ring.

Round 1: Chain 2, 15 tr into ring, sl st into top of first tr.

Round 2: Chain 2, 1 tr into same stitch, 4 dtr into next stitch, 2 tr into next stitch, 1 htr into each of next four stitches.

Now for the bottom point of the heart:

1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr into next stitch.

Going up the other side:

1 htr into each of next 4 stitches, 2 tr into next stitch, 4 dtr into next stitch, 1 tr into next stitch, chain 2, sl st into same stitch.

I work that last slip stitch from the back of the heart to improve the finishing. You can see how I do this below.

Fasten off, pull magic ring closed, weave in ends.

Step by step - in pictures!

OK - let's take a look at how it comes together!

1. Make a magic ring.

a crochet magic ring and my hook

2. Chain 2.

2 chain made

3. 15 dc (UK tr) into ring.

I've marked the top of the first dc (UK tr) with a stitch marker, because this is the stitch I will work my slip stitch into to join the circle at the end of this row.

starting the 15 stitches

4. Here are the 15 stitches.

As you work, check that all your stitches are neat and tidy.

15 stitches worked

5. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the first dc (UK tr)

You can tighten the magic ring a little at this point, but I'm going to wait for the end of the next row before I pull it fully shut.

circle joined with a slip stitch

6. Chain 2, 1 dc (UK tr) into same stitch.

2 chain and the next stitch

7. 4 trc (UK dtr) into next stitch.

the top of the heart takes shape

8. 2 dc (UK tr) into next stitch.

the stitches get smaller going towards the bottom

9. 1 hdc (UK htr) into each of next four stitches.

then we finish with hdc

10. Now we work the bottom point.

Into the next stitch:

US: 1 dc, 1 trc, 1 dc

UK: 1 tr, 1 dtr, 1 tr

the point of the heart is made with bigger stitches

11. Now up the other side we go!

1 hdc (UK htr) into each of next four stitches.


then up the opposite side

12. 2 dc (UK tr) into next stitch.

heading up to the heart shape again at the top

13. 4 trc (UK dtr) into next stitch.

triple crochet on the heart

14. 1 dc (UK tr) into next stitch.

a double crochet then 2 chain

15. Chain 2, sl st into same stitch.

Now, this pic shows the slip stitch worked from front to back. See how the stitch ends up at the front?

Let's neaten things up...

front worked slip stitch

Here's another way to do that last slip stitch:

First, work your 2 chain, then turn your heart so the back/wrong side is facing you:

backwards slip stitch from wrong side

Second, insert your hook into that last stitch from the wrong side to the right:

putting the hook through

Third, pull the yarn through to the back, and through the loop on your hook, just like a normal slip stitch. A little more fiddly, but...

pulling yarn through to back

...you end up with a much neater finish at the front!

a very neat finish for our heart

Finishing off:

Fasten off your slip stitch.

Pull the magic ring tight.

Weave in your ends.

Have a cup of tea...

And enjoy your heart!

weaving in the ends

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