Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Big/Little Hearts in Irish Crochet

Yeah, I know. Valentine's Day was yesterday. I'm a little behind. Maybe more than just a little. I always have big plans that I never quite bring to fruition. Alas, here it is anyway. The next step in my Paper Heart Doily in Irish Crochet doily. Better late than never? I hope you still enjoy this pattern.

I'm sorry I can't get you a better close-up. I'm in need of a macro lens or an extension tube. I hope it's sufficient for your needs. I had a hard time hiding my loose ends. There's just not a lot of room for weaving in. I hope you have a better time of it. Make sure and check my 2 other posts on Irish crochet, there's some good tips and directions there that will help you here if you haven't done this type of crochet before. I'm still using DMC cordonnet 100 for the working thread, DMC cordonnet 10 for the padded cord, and a size 14 hook.

Begin heart by working in rows.

Big Heart

Row 1). With working thread, Ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 2 ch. (3 sc)

Row 2). Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc, 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in last sc. (5 sc)

Row 3). Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc, (sc in next sc) 3 times, 2 sc in last sc. (7 sc)

Row 4). Ch 1, turn. (Sc in next sc) 6 times. 2 sc in last sc. (8 sc)

Row 5). Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc, (sc in next sc) 6 times, sl st in last sc. (8 sc)

Row 6). Ch 1, turn. (sc in next sc) 7 times. 2 sc in last sc. (9 sc)

Row 7). Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc. (Sc in next sc) 7 times. sl st in last sc. (9 sc)

Row 8). Ch 1, turn. (Sc in next sc) 8 times. 2 sc in last sc. (10 sc)

Row 9). Ch 1, turn. (Sc in next sc) 10 times. (10 sc)

Row 10). Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc. (Sc in next sc) 8 times. Sl st in last sc. (10 sc)

Row 11). Turn. Sl st in 1st sc. Ch 1, (sc in next sc) 9 times. (9 sc)

Row 12).  Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc. (Sc in next sc) 7 times. Sl st in last sc. (9 sc)

Row 13). Turn. Sl st in 1st sc. Ch 1, (sc in next sc) 8 times. (8 sc)

Row 14).  Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc. (Sc in next sc) 6 times. Sl st in last sc. (8 sc)

Row 15). Turn. Sl st in 1st sc. Ch 1 (sc in next sc) 6 times. Sl st in last sc. (6 sc)

Row 16). Turn. Sl st in 1st sc. Ch 1 (sc in next sc) 4 times. Sl st in last sc. (4 sc)

Row 17). Turn Ch 1. (Sc in next sc) 3 times. Sl st in last sc. (3 sc)

End off.

Small Heart

Repeat rows 1-5 of big heart.

Row 6). Turn. Sl st in 1st sc. Ch 1, (sc in next sc) 6 times. 2 sc in last sc. (8 sc)

Row 7). Turn. (Sc in next sc) 8 times. (8 sc)

Row 8). Ch 1, Turn. 2 sc in1st sc. (Sc in next sc) 6 times. Sl st in last sc. (8 sc)

Row 9). Turn. Sl st in 1st sc. (Sc in next sc) 6 times. 2 sc in last sc. (8 sc)

Row 10).Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in 1st sc. (sc in next sc) 6 times. Sl st in last sc. (8 sc)

For Rows 11-13, repeat Rows 15-17 of big heart. End off.

To finish hearts, add working thread and 2 strand of padded cord (1 strand doubled over) w/ sl st in point of heart. Work 5 sc over pc only. Sc over pc and into side of heart. This isn't done in any particular stitch. Just lay the 5 sc length along the edge of heart and sc there. 5 sc on pc again and attach to heart via sc again. Continue in this manner around the heart, being sure to align a stitch in the exact corner of  the heart (between the humps).It's OK if you have to add or delete a stitch or two to have the correct length of sc's on your pc, just be sure to do the same length when climbing out of the opposite side of the corner. With the larger heart, I did 5 sc lengths all the way around. With the smaller heart, I did 4 lengths of 5 sc, 1 length of 2 into corner, sc in corner,1 length of 2 sc, then 4 more lengths of  5. I hope this makes sense, if not let me know and I'll try to clarify.

Until next time.

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