With Valentines Day just around the corner this months free crochet motif is a Love Heart Banner. This mini banner makes a cute decoration to spread a little more love this February.
I am sharing 12 months of free crochet motif patterns, one each month. These small motifs are an easy way to practice crochet colorwork and are quick and fun to make. Along the way I will be sharing my top tips to help you with this intarsia technique and I'll be adding some patterns incorporating the motifs. To make sure you never miss a free motif and to receive a free copy of my Space Rocket Pouch inspired by women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sign up to my newsletter below.
How to crochet a heart motif.
You will need:
A small amount of light weight yarn in 3 different colours.
I made my motif using DMC Natura Just Cotton 100% cotton (50g/155m/170yd); yarn A - Nacar (35) yarn B -Bougainvillea (93); yarn C - Passion (23)
Pink embroidery thread 12in (30cm).
A wooden skewer cut to 4in (10cm)
Finished size: 2.75in (7cm) wide, 4in (10.5cm) long.
Abbreviations: ch(s) = chain(s); rep = repeat; rs = right side; sc = single crochet; st(s) = stitch(es); ws = wrongside.
A3sc means 3sc in yarn A.
When referring to the chart read all odd (rs) rows from right to left and all even (ws) rows from left to right.
Chs at beginning of the row do not count as a st.
To start a new color, work the last yarn round hook of the st before the color change in the new color.
Using intarsia method, start a new length of yarn for each change of color and keep all strands on the ws of work.
If you are a left handed maker you will need to add an extra row at the beginning and reverse the rs and ws so read all odd (ws) left to right and all even rows (rs) right to left.
To make a Love Heart Banner
Using Yarn A, work as follows;
Row 1: 2ch, 3sc in second ch from hook, turn - 3sc.
Row 2: 2ch, 2sc in first st, 1sc, 2sc in last st, turn - 5sc.
Row 3: 2ch, 2sc in first st, 1sc in each st to last st, 2sc in last st, turn - 7sc.
Rows 4 - 8: As row 3 - 17sc.
Row 9: 1ch, A5sc, B1sc, A11sc, turn.
Row 10: 1ch, A10sc, B2sc, A5sc, turn.
Row 11: 1ch, A4sc, B3sc, A10sc, turn.
Row 12: 1ch, A9sc, B4sc, A4sc, turn.
Row 13: 1ch, A3sc, B5sc, A2sc, C1sc, A6sc, turn.
Row 14: 1ch, A5sc, C2sc, A1sc, B6sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 15: 1ch, A2sc, B7sc, C3sc, A5sc, turn.
Row 16: 1ch, A4sc, C3sc, B8sc, A2sc, turn.
Row 17: 1ch, A1sc, B9sc, C3sc, A4sc, turn.
Row 18: 1ch, A3sc, C4sc, B8sc, A2sc, turn.
Row 19: 1ch, A2sc, B3sc, A1sc, B3sc, C5sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 20: 1ch, A2sc, C6sc, B2sc, A2sc, B2sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 21: 1ch, A6sc, C9sc, A2sc, turn.
Row 22: 1ch, A2sc, C8sc, A7sc, turn.
Row 23: 1ch, A7sc, C3sc, A1sc, C3sc, A3sc, turn.
Row 24: 1ch, A3sc, C2sc, A2sc, C2sc, A8sc, turn.
Row 25-26: 1ch, A17sc, turn.
Row 27: Holding the skewer above the previous row wrap the yarn around the skewer each time you make a yarn around hook thus incorporating the skewer within the sts, 1ch, A17sc , turn.
Fasten off, weave in all ends.
With embroidery thread and a tapestry needle backstitch letters using the charts as a guide. To personalise the message be sure to center the letters over a ws row.
To make easy tassels cut 4 stands of red yarn 4in (10cm) long. Holding the lengths together fold in half to make a loop. With rs of work facing, feed the loop from front to back through the st at one of the lower corners.
Pass the ends through the loop.
Pull gently to tighten the loop. Rep for each corner along the lower edge. Trim tassels to an even length and use a tapestry needle to open out the strands.
Steam or wet block to finish.
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