Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and love it or loathe it, we think it's an excellent excuse to get crafty! This year, why not celebrate the day by making this crochet heart and flower garland - its bright colours will look lovely on your wall, and bring a touch of springtime cheer all year round.
If you’re new to crochet, you might find it helpful to read our beginner’s guide to crochet. It has step-by-step guides to the crochet stitches you’ll be using in this project, which you could practise before you begin.
What you'll need
How to make the flowers & leaves
Flower pattern: 5 dc in a magic ring, join with a ss. Round 1: [ch 2, 3trc, ch 2, ss in the same dc, ss to the next dc], 5 times, making 5 petals. Fasten off.
Leaves pattern: with green yarn, ch 5, * 2 trc into 3rd ch from hook, ch 2, ss into top of last trc made to make a point at the top of the leaf. Trc in same st as previous trc. Ch 2, ss in same trc,**ss in next 2 chs. Ch 3, repeat from * to **. Finish off.
Sew leaves to the back of the flower.
How to make the hearts
Make a magic ring and 2 chain two stitches (see pic 1).
Round 1: 3 treble trebles, 4 double trebles, 1 treble treble, 4 double trebles, 3 treble trebles all into the magic ring. Pull the magic ring almost closed, leaving a small gap in the middle. Chain 2, slip stitch into the remaining hole in the magic ring. Pull the magic ring tightly closed. A heart shape will magically form!
Don’t worry if the magic ring loosens as you work; you’ll be able to tighten and secure this when you finish (see pic 2).
Round 2: treble crochet in the chain space from the beginning of round 1, 2 half double trebles in the next stitch, 3 half double trebles in the next stitch, 2 half double trebles in the next stitch, half double treble in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 half double trebles in the next stitch, (half double treble, double treble, half double treble) in the next stitch, 2 half double trebles in the next stitch, half double treble in each of the next 3 stitches, 2 half double trebles in the next stitch, 3 half double trebles in the next stitch, 2 half double trebles in the next stitch, (treble crochet, slip stitch) in the chain space from the end of round 1 (see pic 3).
Round 3: treble in the next 2 stitches, (treble in the next stitch, 2 trebles in the next stitch) three times, treble in each of the next 6 stitches, 3 trebles in the next stitch, treble in each of the next 6 stitches, (2 trebles in the next stitch, treble in the next stitch) three times, treble in the next 2 stitches.Chain 1, then join with a slip stitch into the next stitch. Cut the yarn and fasten off, but leave a long tail. Create a loop from this tail. Weave in the beginning tail and trim (see pic 4).
The hearts will look even better if you block them. Pin to a towel on the carpet, spray lightly with water or spray starch and leave to dry completely.
How to connect your hearts and flowers
Make a simple chain. Connect each heart and flower at even intervals along the chain by simply picking up the loops and incorporating them into the chain as you go (see pic 5).
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