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Little crochet heart, (updated with free pattern).

I was asked to design something small for a class for people to give their loved ones on valentine’s Day. Or even for them self.

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This is what I came up with.

These are made with hand painted merino wool and for the stuffing, I used sheep’s wool. But you can use standard filling. Even if you have a old cushion that you no longer use that filling will work just as well. The loop at the top can be used to turn it in to a key chain or make many in a range of different colours, and make a garland to dress a special area.

you can buy these ones above at https://hooksanddye.co.uk/product/heart-keyrings/

or you can make your own with free pattern below.

Crochet heart keyring

Make this small cute little crochet heart for your loved one or even your yourself, attach it to your bag or set of keys.

Materials: 20g of any double-knit yarn. Fibre filling or wool for stuffing.

Scissors.2 stitch markers. 3mm crochet hook.

Gauge: Yarn needs to be tight when crochet.

*- * make 2

*Make a Magic circle.

R1: 6dc in to magic circle (6)

R2: 2 dc in to each dc (12) R3: *1dc, 2dc * repeat round (18)  insert stitch marker

R4-R9: 1 dc in to next dc and place a stitch marker. [NB] 1 dc in each dc ( ch 20 sl st in to last stitch only do this once). (18)

[NB] If you don’t fancy moving the stitch marker each time you can just make a note with pen each time to pass round to the stitch maker when you have 5 your finished. *

Attach a slip knot to your crochet hook. Put 2 pieces together with the ties facing each other count 2

to the right

1 sl st 4.  Making sure you have the two pieces together.  also making sure you have the ch 20 on the outside.

R10: 1 dc in each stitch right round.

[NB even 1 dc in the stitches that you have joined together.]

R11: 1 dc in each stitch round.

Fold the heart together and put a stitch marker in each side. [this marks out the corners where you will start decreasing from]. 1 corner should be 9 stitches away from your start place a stitch marker. And then count 9 stitches back from the start and place the second stitch marker.

Decrease

R12: dc8, dc2tog, dc 15, dc2tog, dc15, dc2tog.

R13: dc14, dc2tog dc 14, dc2tog.

R14: dc13, dc 2tog, dc13, dc2tog.

R15: dc12, dc 2 tog, dc12, dc2tog

[ at this point take some small stuffing and start to fill the heart up.]

R16: dc12, dc2tog, dc12, dc2tog.

R17: dc11, dc2tog, dc11, dc2tog.

R18: dc10, dc2tog, dc10, dc2tog.

R19: dc9, dc2tog, dc9, dc2tog.

R20: dc8, dc2tog, dc8, dc2tog.

[at this point add some more filling try not to over fill it]

R21: dc7, dc2tog, dc7, dc2tog.

R22: dc6, dc2tog, dc6, dc2tog. Add more filling at the point if needed.

Rr23: dc5, dc2tog, dc5, dc2tog.

R24: sl st all remaining stitches on to hook and bind off closing the hole at bottom. Weave in ends.

I do hope you enjoyed this pattern, and spread the love with this wonderful keyring. This pattern is the property of hooks and dye. Copies may not be sold for profit, but items made from pattern can.

Remember valentine’s is not only about loving others, it’s also about loving yourself

XLJBX .

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Big momma knits a rainbow.

A new delivery today was made to big mommas knit in St David’s a custom colourway was created for a lovely new little shop and the colours most definitely show of the owners personality perfectly.

You will have to be quick though because Katie may just buy them all.

This is a exclusive colourway to big mommas knits and can only be bought at her shop so to check them out follow the link below

To find out more information check out here https://www.facebook.com/Big-mommas-Knits-1820991161525546/

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A little thank you goes along way.

So the time has come where tired little people get to spend six weeks relaxing. After spending a whole year building relationships and learning new skills and just growing up. And it’s at this time of year we all just like to say thank you to the other main adult in our children’s life besides us. Yes thats it. It’s the teachers. The ones that will effect our children’s lives now, no matter how small the action.

I even now remember them special teachers that I had growing up. So we all agreed on mug of love. I had made these before for previous teachers but I had just used acrylic yarns and not put much towards it. Budget was a factor too. Also my little ones were a bit smaller and them times before it was more a thank you from me for the child care and not so much from the children.

But this year was different, they were awear and wanted to say thank you from them. So this year we really went for it and said a big thank you.

So we dyed our own wool. ” Just like mummy”. Just for our mug hugs. We then went to choose our mugs for our teachers.

buttons were hand made from the magpies eye. She has a Facebook page. She makes fantastic resin buttons she can even make clocks and all sorts of items. Check out her Facebook page. The magpie eye

These are all the little added extras I had placed in. I made some cloth make up remover pads. A bag charm or magnet and tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

The bag charms and magnets were from

tilly and muffin too.

Then for the finishing touch cello wrap to wrap up the mug which had these wonderful butterflies on them. These really were a joy to make and the huge smiles from the kids and teachers. What a amazing way to say thank you.

Now to get ready for the six weeks of fun and adventure. Wishing you all a fantastic summer. See you all on the other side

Take care

All the best

Hooks and dye.