Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tunisian Heart Free Crochet Pattern


Hello! I can't believe that Valentine's Day is tomorrow! If you are a last minute planner, like me, then you will love my newest Tunisian crochet pattern! It's perfect for beginners (you don't even need a special crochet hook!) and it's a very fast project too! This cute, heart pattern can be used as an applique or make 2, stuff it and it's an amigurumi heart! I think it's the perfect decoration for Valentine's Day, especially for the dinner table and a romantic dinner! I also have some instructions on how I made these cute stands! Scroll down for the free pattern!

I love how simple and easy this pattern is, plus it only takes me about 7 minutes to make each side, so it's a super quick project too! I chose to turn mine into decorations for my table. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in red and a size G (4.00 mm) tunisian hook from Clover. I could have used one of my regular Boye's but I love wooden hooks. I find them easier to use, for me.




I used twigs from my apple tree, a larger branch of holly and twine to make these cute stands and I love how they turned out! I put them on my kitchen table and I love how they look! I made two to symbolize sweet hearts in love.


Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to share the love you have for a special someone, a family member or a sweet friend. I think these hearts would make a wonderful gift! A sweet and easy way to show someone that you care about them.


The heart stands were super easy to make! First, I had my honey cut this branch into a few discs. I had him cut several so that I would have some to choose from or if one split. One did wind up splitting a little but these two were perfect!


I went outside and collected a couple of smaller twigs that were as straight as I could find. I chose to leave the little knobby parts on them because I liked how they looked. I used a small amount of hot glue to glue the twigs to the discs. Some hot glue squeezed out from under the twig, but the twine bow covered it up nicely. I then hot glued the heart to the top of the twig and tied another bow out of twine.










US Terminology


Difficulty
Easy


Size
With recommended hook and yarn, the heart should measure approximately 2" by 2".

Gauge
8 tks and 10 rows = 2 inches

Materials
-Medium 4 Weight Yarn (Caron Simply Soft in red: 
             Applique: 5 grams    Amigurumi: 10 grams)
-Size G (4.00 mm) tunisian crochet hook or regular hook with no handle
-Scissors
-Darning needle
-Stitch marker
-Small amount of polyester fiberfill or yarn scraps for stuffing


Abbreviations
ch: chain
yo: yarn over
st(s): stitch(es)
sl st: slip stitch
sk: skip
ea: each
tks: tunisian knit stitch
m1tb: increase stitch

Notes, Tips and Tutorials

For a beginner guide to Tunisian Crochet, read my article on allfreecrochet, Tunisian Crochet Guide: 5 Things You Need To Know!
  • No special hook needed! A regular crochet hook without a handle will work fine.
  • This pattern is worked flat with the right side of the work facing.  
  • At the beginning of each row, the first stitch is on the hook and counts as a Tunisian knit stitch.
  • Do not turn your work at the beginning of each new row. Each row is worked from right to left (forward pass) and then from left to right (return pass). 


How To Work Into The Last Stitch Of Each Row:

When you have 1 stitch remaining,


tilt the work a little and insert the hook under the last 2 vertical bars at the end of the row.
(image 1 and 2)


Yarn over and pull through the stitch to pull up a loop. (image 1 and 2)


Video Tutorials:


Picture Tutorials: 

How To m1tb:

Insert the hook into the horizontal bar next to the first stitch on the hook, (Image 1 &2)
yo (Image 3) and pull up a loop. (Image 4)



How To tks3tog:

You will be inserting the hook into the next 3 stitches. (Image 1) First, insert the hook behind the front vertical bar. (Image 9) Next, insert the hook behind the vertical bar of the next stitch. (Image 3)


Next, insert the hook, like for a normal tks, into the next stitch. (Image 4)
yo, (Image 5) and pull up a loop. (Image 6)



The Pattern
Please read the notes before beginning this pattern.


R1: Forward pass: ch 4, insert hook into the 2nd ch from the hook, yo and draw up a loop. *Insert the hook into the next ch, yo and draw up a loop; repeat from * until the end of the foundation ch. Do not turn the work. =4 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R2: Forward pass: tks (on hook), m1tb, tks next 2 sts, m1tb, tks last. =6 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R3: Forward pass: tks across. =6 loops
Return pass: 
yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R4: Forward pass: tks, m1tb, tks next 4 sts, m1tb, tks last. =8 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R5: Forward pass: tks across. =8 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R6: Forward pass: tks, m1tb, tks next 6 sts, m1tb, tks last. =10 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R7: Forward pass: tks, tks next 4 sts. Mark the 5th stitch with a stitch marker. = 5 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R8: Forward pass: tks across. =5 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R9: Forward pass: tks, tks3tog, tks. =3 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R10: Forward pass: sk the next st and sl st into the last st. Working down the side of the previous 2 rows, sl st into the last st of ea row and then sl st into the marked st. (See diagram below.) This st is now the first st of future rows. tks across. =5 loops



Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R11: Forward pass: tks across. =5 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R12: Forward pass: tks, tks3tog, tks. =3 loops
Return pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. Do not turn the work.

R13: Forward pass: sk the next st and sl st into the last st.

Cut the yarn and pull the tail end through the last stitch.

To create the point of the heart:

Insert the needle through the first stitch of the pattern, from front to back (Image 1) and pull through.
Insert the needle through the front to back of the last stitch of the first row (Image 2), pull through and pull the tail end tight. (Image 3)


For the Applique:

If you are making the applique, weave in the ends and attach it to whatever you would like.

For the Amigurumi:

For the amigurumi: Make 2, weave in the ends and then wip stitch the two sides together with the right side out. Lightly stuff as you go.

The End!

Copyright ©2020 Alexandra Halsey
You may sell any finished items, but I do request that you put a link back to my pattern and credit Alexandra Halsey for the original design under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike license. Do not copy, share, download or publicly display this pattern without permission. This includes translations and video tutorials. If you have a translation, please submit it to me by email.

I hope ya'll like this pattern and if you make your own Tunisian Hearts, I would LOVE to see! Post pics to my private facebook page or tag me on instagram @_with_alex and use the hashtag: #crochetingwithalex

If you have any questions or comments you can comment below or email me at: withalexofficial@gmail.com



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