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Learn how to crochet a heart for Valentine’s Day with this easy crochet heart pattern. These cute little hearts have a soft and squishy texture, and would look so adorable made into a crochet heart garland.
If you’ve been looking for a small handmade gift to make for Valentine’s Day — or to show your love any day of the year! — you’ll love this crochet heart pattern!
Easy Crochet Hearts
These adorable crochet hearts are the perfect thing to make for Valentine’s Day gifts and decorations. You can use them in so many ways!
Make them as applique motifs to decorate other projects, like bags or a baby sweater. Hang them up together on a string to make a crochet heart garland. Or, make them with cotton yarn to use as Valentine’s Day coasters.
For even more heart crochet patterns, check out this post: 14 Crochet Heart Patterns for Valentine’s Day
How to Crochet a Heart
This crochet heart pattern is an advanced beginner project, since it calls for some increases and a variety of different crochet stitches: single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet, and slip stitches. The heart pattern starts with a magic ring, and is worked in rounds. If you’re brand new to crochet, then be sure to first check out our How to Crochet guide.
This pattern uses worsted weight yarn, but you can easily adapt it to use any weight yarn. Just use the corresponding size crochet hook.
Pattern Variations: 3 Sizes
You can make three different size hearts with this same pattern. You can make a mini heart by stopping after Round 1, a medium-size heart by stopping after Round 2, or a large crochet heart by stopping after Round 3.
You can also change the size of the heart by using thicker or thinner yarns.
Stuffed Crochet Heart Option
You can make a puffy heart by sewing two hearts together, and stuffing them with a small amount of polyfill.
Crochet Heart Pattern
I know I’m not the first person to make a crochet heart pattern, and I certainly won’t be the last! But, the pattern I’m sharing with you today is my absolute favorite way to crochet a heart.
Here’s how to crochet a heart step by step.
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Finished Size: 3.25″ wide and 3″ tall, using worsted weight yarn and size 5.0 mm hook
Gauge: Gauge is not important to the success of this pattern. That said, I like to use a hook that is one or two sizes smaller than the hook called for on the yarn package. This way, the hearts are a bitter stiffer and look solid (without gaps between stitches).
Feel free to change the yarn and hook size to make your hearts larger or smaller.
Yarn: worsted weight yarn, such as Lion Brand Mandala Ombre in Felicity
Hook: H (5.0mm) hook
You’ll also need:
- yarn needle
- stitch markers, if desired
Stitches and Abbreviations
- st/sts – stitch/stitches
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- dc – double crochet
- tr – treble crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- This pattern is written in US terminology.
- The heart is worked in rounds.
Start with a magic ring. If you need a quick refresher on this technique, click for a tutorial on How to Crochet a Magic Ring.
Round 1: Ch 2. Into the magic ring, make 3 tr, 4 dc, tr, 4 dc, 3 tr. Ch 2, and sl st into magic ring.
Pull the yarn end to close the magic ring.
Note: You can stop here if you want to make mini crochet hearts.
Round 2: Continue in joined rounds, working into the stitches of the previous round.
Sc in ch-2 sp, (2 hdc and 1dc) in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, (1 dc and 2 hdc) in next st, sc in ch-2 sp, sl st in sl st from the previous rnd.
Where is the ch-2 sp? You’ll start Round 2 by working into the chain-2 space that was formed by the ch 2 you made at the beginning of Round 1. You’ll finish the round in the same way, working into the chain-2 space you made at the end of Round 2. Both of these chain spaces lay alongside the neighboring treble crochet stitches.
Note: You can stop here to make a medium-size heart.
Round 3: Continue working in the round.
Sc in first 2 sts. (2 sc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st) three times, sc in next 6 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 6 sts, (1 sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st) three times, sc in next 2 sts.
Cut yarn and join with an invisible join. Tighten up the magic ring one more time, and weave in the ends.
To finish the heart, I like to end Round 3 with an invisible join instead of a slip-stitch join. An invisible join mimics the look of a stitch
To make an invisible join:
- Cut yarn, leaving a 6″ yarn tail. Pull the yarn through the last stitch. Use the yarn tail to thread a tapestry needle.
- Insert the needle under both top loops of the first stitch of the previous round. Pull snug, but not too tight.
- Insert your needle into the top of the last stitch of the current round. Poke the needle down between the two top loops. Pull the yarn snug so that the invisible join mimics the size of the rest of the stitches.
Then, you can weave in the ends as normal.
More Crochet Ideas
If you like to crochet, you may be interested in these related posts.
- 14 Crochet Heart Patterns for Valentine’s Day
- How to Crochet a Flat Circle – Magic Increase Formula
- Easy Crochet Hat Pattern – Chunky Ribbed Beanie
- Classic Crochet Baby Booties with Folded Cuff – Free Pattern
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Crochet Heart Pattern
How to crochet a solid heart motif. Pattern includes three sizes: mini, medium, and large.
- size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
- tapestry needle
- stitch markers, optional
- Start with a magic circle.
- Rnd 1: ch 2 ,3 tr, 4 dc, tr, 4 dc, 3 tr, ch 2, sl st into magic ring.
- Rnd 2: sc in ch-2 sp. (2 hdc and 1dc) in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, (dc, tr, dc) in next st, dc in next 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, (1 dc and 2 hdc) in next st, sc in ch-2 sp, sl st in sl st from the previous rnd.
- Rnd 3: sc in first 2 sts. (2sc, 1sc) three times, sc in next 6 sts, (sc, hdc, sc) in next st, sc in next 6 sts, (sc, 2sc) three times, sc in next 2 st. Cut yarn and join with an invisible join. Weave in ends.
Click for a tutorial on How to Crochet a Magic Ring.
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Friday 17th of February 2023
I’m going to try and turn these hearts two sizes into a throw blanket. I will share once I do it. Fingers crossed.
Thursday 2nd of February 2023
Hello How can I make round 4 to make it bigger? Pls, i love the pattern
Tuesday 24th of January 2023
I am trying to figure out how to put this heart onto a diamond/square on its side.
Having a hard time wrapping my head around it.
Friday 13th of January 2023
Hi need help please! The magic ring consist of 6 sc right? Then start the 2 ch into the ring or does it not into the next stitch?
Friday 13th of January 2023
Hi, the magic ring is just the adjustable loop that you work into. Here is a tutorial for that: https://sarahmaker.com/crochet-magic-ring/
Saturday 1st of October 2022
I love his pattern, but I need it to be 4 to 5 inches for charity. How can I make it bigger for babies and moms?
Tuesday 4th of October 2022
Thank you. They prefer a light weight #3 yarn. It’s for premie babies.
Tuesday 4th of October 2022
Hi, maybe you could try using a bulky weight yarn and corresponding hook. I haven't tested that so I don't know exactly what size it would be.